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[Focus] Joint press statement of the Red Cross meeting

Posted January. 31, 2001 10:44,   


Red Cross representatives of South and North Korea held their third round of inter-Korean Red Cross talks Jan. 29-31 at Mt. Kumgang Hotel and agreed as follows:

1. The two sides exchanged lists of the third groups of separated family members visiting Seoul or Pyongyang at the same time Feb. 26-28. The size of the groups and procedures for the visits shall follow the precedents set by the first and second family reunions. Responses to the lists of candidate visitors delivered to each side Jan. 31 for the third reunion will be exchanged Feb. 15, and the lists of finalists will be exchanged Feb. 17.

2. Mail exchange between 300 separated family members who have been confirmed to be alive and located will take place at the Panmunjom Red Cross liaison office March 15. Their mail should consist of letters in which one or two photographs may be enclosed.

3. The lists of 100 applicants on each side for the reunion slated for February, whom the other side seeks to confirm whether they are alive and where they reside, will be exchanged Feb. 9, and results of confirmation will be notified to each other Feb. 23.

4. The two sides agreed to increase the numbers of those applying for family search and wishing to send mail, and the specific matters concerned will be worked out at the fourth round of inter-Korean Red Cross talks.

5. The two sides agreed to continue discussing and resolving the issues involved in the establishment and operation of a fixed meeting place where separated family members can reunite and stay.

6. It has been agreed that the fourth inter-Korean Red Cross talks would be scheduled for April 3-5 at a site to be decided on through further consultation.