France to return stolen S. Korean royal document

21:14, November 12, 2010      

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France pledged Friday to return South Korean royal documents looted during its invasion more than a century ago, once a source of constant diplomatic feud between the two countries.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who held 40-minute summit talks with his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak on the sidelines of the G20 economic summit here, promised to lease the ancient documents and allow the five-year lease deal to be renewed.

Lee said he will take it as an official pledge to return the texts from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), stolen during the French invasion in 1866. South Korean civic groups have demanded the return of the cultural asset for years.

Lee and Sarkosy also exchanged their views on the Seoul summit. France will play host to the next G20 summit in 2011.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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