S Korea moves to address issues of abductees in DPRK

16:59, March 08, 2010      

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The South Korean government said Monday it has organized a preparatory committee for enforcing a law on South Korean civilians believed to have been kidnapped to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), taking steps toward addressing the sensitive issue Seoul wants to address at a possible summit with Pyongyang.

A five-member committee will be working on issuing a decree before the law, passed at the parliament earlier this month, takes effect in September.

The law states confirming whether the abductees in the DPRK are alive or deceased, bringing them back home, allowing exchanges of letters and meetings between them and their families in South Korea as duties of the government, according to local media.

It is also aimed at restoring tainted honor of the South Korean nationals kidnapped to the DPRK during the 1950-1953 Korean War, whose number is estimated to be about 100,000, as they were accused of having left South Korea.

Seoul previously said it wants to discuss humanitarian issues including perceived abductees and prisoners of war believed to be held in the DPRK at a possible summit with Pyongyang.

Source: Xinhua
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