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S. Korea sends technicians to repair reunion facilities

English.news.cn   2014-02-07 11:35:09

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Friday dispatched a group of technicians to the Mount Kumgang resort, in the southeast coast of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to repair facilities for the family reunion.

Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do told a routine press briefing that 64 technicians composed of officials from Hyundai Asan and its contractors crossed the inter-Korean border to the mountain resort, around which the South Korean resort operator built hotels and facilities.

Most technicians will stay there to inspect and repair facilities, including the reunion center and lodging hotels, until around 200 Koreans met their family members from Feb. 20 to 25.

The two Koreas agreed Wednesday to hold the reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War for six days through Feb. 25 at the Mount Kumgang resort.

Originally, Seoul and Pyongyang planned to stage the family reunion in September last year, but the DPRK delayed it at the last minute. At that time, the two Koreas exchanged respective lists of 100 people who can meet relatives for the first time in six decades.

Last year, South Korea selected 100 people by lottery to allow them to participate in the reunion, but the number fell to 85 due to death or health problems among the elderly, most of them in their 70s and 80s. The number for the DPRK also reduced to 95, the spokesman said.

Around 22,000 Koreans met relatives living across the inter- Korean border at the past 18 rounds of reunion held between 1985 and 2010. Millions of Koreans failed to meet family members for six decades as the civil war ended in armistice in 1953, not peace treaty.

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