Red Cross working contact sets date, venue for family reunions on Korean peninsula

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The Red Cross organizations from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea have agreed on a date and venue for the resumption of family reunions, the official KCNA news agency reported Friday.

The agreement came at the third round of the north-south Red Cross working contact for the reunion of separated families and relatives on the Korean peninsula, which was held in Kaesong on Friday.

The reunion would be held between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5 at the Mt. Kumgang Reunion Center and Mt. Kumgang Restaurant, according to reports.

The KCNA report said, in order to resolve the normalization of the reunion, the next round of the north-south Red Cross working contact would be held from Oct. 26 to 27.

The report said the north side had proposed the venue of the reunion, which was guided by "noble compatriotism and the spirit of humanitarianism".

The Red Cross Society of the DPRK sent a notice on Sept. 10 to the South Korean Red Cross, proposing to hold a working contact of Red Cross organizations of the north and the south for arranging a reunion of separated families and their relatives.

The first round of inter-Korean Red Cross working contact was held on Sept. 17 and the second round was held on Sept. 24 in Kaesong.

The DPRK and South Korea held the first reunion of separated families and their relatives in August 2008. Up to September 2009, there had been 17 reunions involving more than 16,000 people.

Source: Xinhua


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