SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday stressed the importance of reform and openness of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to open a new era of cooperation in Eurasia.
"Threats against peace and security are the biggest obstacle to economy, trade and cultural exchanges in Eurasia. The threats must necessarily be resolved to open a new Eurasian era," President Park said at a Eurasia cooperation forum held in central Seoul.
Park said that without stable inter-Korean relations and the DPRK's reform and openness, it would be difficult for Europe and Asia to boost logistics and energy cooperation, reiterating that peace on the Korean Peninsula is a prerequisite for world peace.
Eurasia is a combined continental landmass of Europe and Asia, running from the two Koreas on the Far Eastern area to China, Russia, Central Asia and Europe. It accounts for around one third of the Earth's total land, where more than 70 percent of the world 's population are living.
President Park offered to build a logistics network named 'Silk Road Express,' which links roads and railways from South Korea's southern port city of Busan to the DPRK, China, Russia and Europe.
The distribution network would reduce transport costs and boost energy cooperation among countries in Eurasia, which are major energy producers and consumers, Park said.
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