North proposes reunion of separated families

NOTICE
By DPRK Red Cross Society CC

The Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society sent a notice to the south Korean Red Cross on Friday. The notice said:

The crucial proposal and open letter of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK to terminate the evermore escalating distrust and confrontation between the north and the south and pave a wide avenue for improving the inter-Korean relations are now positively supported and approved by all Koreans who aspire after the nation's reconciliation and unity and the country's reunification.

The open letter sent to the south Korean authorities by the NDC of the DPRK in the wake of the crucial proposal made to them on January 16 fully reflects the patriotic decision and noble sense of responsibility of the supreme leadership of the DPRK to put an end to the history of the territorial partition and national split in view of the hard reality to which the Korean nation can no longer remain a passive on-looker and open a fresh phase of national reunification.

The C.C., the DPRK Red Cross Society proposed the south side to arrange the reunion of separated families and their relatives from the north and the south with the Lunar New Year's Day as an occasion, prompted by the single desire to open a way of improving the relations between the north and the south in practice as desired and wished by all Koreans at home and abroad.

The reunion of separated families and their relatives whose arrangements had been pushed forward last year failed to take place due to the south side's undesirable attitude of vitiating the atmosphere for mending the relations, not respecting its dialogue partner, but the DPRK remains unchanged in its stand to alleviate even a bit the pain resulting from the national division through the promotion of humanitarian undertakings.

The reunion may take place at Mt. Kumgang Resort as had already been agreed upon between the north-south Red Cross organizations and it is better to fix the date of the event as the south side deems it convenient at the time when cold weather turns warm after the Lunar New Year's Day, taking the time required for arranging it into consideration, the notice pointed out.

As for other matters, they can be discussed and settled through the Panmunjom Red Cross hotline, the notice said, adding that the north side would look forward to a positive answer from the south side.

(KCNA, January 24, 2014)

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