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S.Korea holds 1st session of preparatory committee for reunification with DPRK

English.news.cn   2014-08-07 15:59:24

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Thursday held an inaugural session of the presidential committee to systematically prepare for reunification with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

President Park Geun-hye chaired the session of the high-profile committee composed of 50 members, including 30 private experts, two lawmakers, 11 government officials and six heads of the state- run think tanks.

Those members were nominated last month, including two deputy chairmen Chung Chong-wook, former South Korean ambassador to China, and Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae.

Park instructed the committee at the session to draw up a blue print for reunification with the DPRK, mentioning the so-called Dresden Initiative.

Park traveled to the former East German city of Dresden in March, where she made the three-point initiative to the DPRK, including infrastructure development in the DPRK, broader inter- Korean exchange in non-political areas and humanitarian aid.

Park raised the issue of reunification with the DPRK in her New Year's speech in January, calling it a "bonanza" for the two Koreas and a blessing for the region and the world. She promised in January to form such a committee to prepare for peaceful reunification.

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