Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon participated in a meeting with
representatives of the German Association of Displaced People held at
the AW Convention Center in Jongno-gu, Seoul on February 25.
Regarding the achievements made last year in the separated family
issues, he said that “Only one family reunion was held last year, and
this was far short of the separated families’ expectations.
Fortunately, inter-Korean relations have since been restored and the
government is doing everything it can to address the issues of
Minister Cho went on to say that “Although it has been over 70 years
since the Korean Peninsula was divided, separated family members are
still not yet able to check whether their relatives are still alive,
let alone exchange letters with them.
The government will do its best to make substantial progress in the
issues of separated families this year,” expressing its determination
to address the issues.
The meeting was attended by four representatives of the German
Association of Displaced People including Bernd Fabritius, the
commissioner for German expatriates and national minority affairs, as
well as representatives of other organizations of displaced people
including Chairman Park Seong-jae of the Committee for the Five
Northern Korean Provinces and Chairman Kim Han-geuk of the Central
Federation of Natives of North Korean Provinces.