6 July, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 03/26/2008
KOREA
Stop to North-South family reunions
For “technical reasons” Pyongyang blocks scheduled family reunions, puts off the inauguration of the permanent centre that would give families divided since the civil war a chance to meet.

Seoul (AsiaNews) – Since the election of Conservative President Lee Myung-bak, who has taken a critical stance vis-à-vis North Korea’s Stalinist regime, “family reunions” have come to a halt. Many families divided since the Civil War (1950-1953) are now afraid they might have to wait a long time before seeing again their loved ones from the other side of the border.

Such reunions began in the early 80s when the governments of the two Koreas decide to set up maxi-screens on the border allowing families to see each other.

In 2003 then President Kin Dae-jung launched his “sunshine policy” which led to direct day-long reunions between hitherto separated relatives.

Last year the two sides agreed to the creation of a permanent centre for family reunions but the inauguration date, initially set for April, has been put off sine die.

In the meantime already scheduled reunions have been postponed for “technical reasons”.

For some analysts this is a consequence of the positions taken by the newly-elected president—he has several times criticised the North Korean regime, saying that he was prepared to “stop humanitarian aid” if the human rights situation in the Stalinist nation did not change.

Currently about 130,000 South Korean families are cut off from their North Korean relatives.

For Pyongyang its own people are “true Korean’ compared to South Koreans which it has criticised for selling out to the West.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
05/21/2009 KOREA
Pyongyang executes official favourable to dialogue with South
by Theresa Kim Hwa-young
09/24/2010 KOREA
No deal on family reunions
by Joseph Yun Li-sun
08/18/2009 SOUTH KOREA
South Korea mourns death of Kim Dae-jung
02/25/2008 NORTH KOREA
The New York Philharmonic arrives in Pyongyang, anti US posters disappear
08/14/2007 NORTH KOREA – SOUTH KOREA
Hopes and doubts ahead of intra-Korean summit
by Pino Cazzaniga

Editor's choices
ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosquesPresident Essebsi believes unified and global strategy needed to counter terrorism. The attack in Sousse almost simultaneous with those in France, Kuwait, Somalia. Islamic State claims responsibility.
VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20In his last meeting on the first day of his visit to Turin, Francis met young people in Vittorio Square. In a Question and Answer exchange, he talked about love, friendship and loss of trust towards life. "I understand you. How many hypocrites speak of peace and sell weapons. How can one trust? By following Christ, whose act of extreme love, i.e. the Cross, saved humanity." The pontiff also looked at the horrors of the 20th century as evidence of the loss of trust towards world powers. He urged young people “not to retire at 20,” but “live, don’t just exist.”

Dossier

Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.