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S.Korea proposes to DPRK on family reunion date

English.news.cn   2014-01-27 11:21:29

SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Monday proposed to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold the family reunion for six days through Feb. 22 at the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang.

Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do told a routine press briefing that Seoul sent a notice in the name of the country's Red Cross chairman to the DPRK Monday morning.

The notice welcomed the DPRK's acceptance last Friday to South Korea's proposal for the family reunion, offering to hold the reunion event from Feb. 17 to Feb. 22 at the Mount Kumgang resort in the DPRK's southeast coast.

The ministry also proposed to hold a working-level contact of the inter-Korean Red Cross on Jan. 29 in Tongilgak, an administrative building on the DPRK side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, to discuss details on the reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

On Jan. 24, the DPRK sent its Red Cross notice to South Korea to propose holding the family reunion. Pyongyang set the reunion venue at the Mount Kumgang resort as agreed upon before, but it said that Seoul can decide on the reunion date at its convenience after the Lunar New Year's holiday.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye offered on Jan. 6 to resume the family reunion around the Lunar New Year, but the DPRK rejected it citing lingering obstacles, especially the annual joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.

Seoul and Pyongyang originally planned to hold the family reunion in late September last year, but Pyongyang abruptly delayed the reunion at the last minute.

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