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UPDATED: 13:08, April 11, 2005
DPRK proposes talks with S. Korea over bird flu
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Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday proposed holding working-level talks next week with South Korea to discuss Seoul's offer of aid in combating a bird flu outbreak in the DPRK, according to South Korean Unification Ministry.

In a telephone message to South Korea, the DPRK's quarantine authorities expressed gratitude for Seoul's willingness to provide medicine and quarantine equipment and asked to hold discussions in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong between April 20-22, Kim Hong-jae, spokesman of the ministry, was quoted as saying by South Korean Yonhap.

The DPRK also sent a list of medicine and quarantine equipment needed to contain the outbreak of the avian influenza caused by H7 strain of virus.

The meeting proposal came two days after South Korea informed Pyongyang that it will ship quarantine equipment, including testing kits, to help the DPRK to cure the flu.

Late last month, Pyongyang officially acknowledged an outbreak of the disease at two to three chicken farms. It has since culled and buried about 210,000 chickens in an effort to fully contain the epidemic.

Source: Xinhua

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