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Congratulatory Speech at the 2019 academic conference by the Unification Research

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Congratulatory Speech at the 2019 academic conference by the Unification Research
Network of Konkuk University

15:40 on May 10, 2019 at the Haebong Real Estate Building of Konkuk University

Congratulatory Speech
By Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae Sung


1.
Good afternoon.
It is good to see you all. I am Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae Sung.
I would like to extend my congratulations to you on holding the academic conference, and I am very pleased to be here with you at this meaningful event.

I would like to express my gratitude to President Min Sang-gi of Konkuk University, Chair Kim Sung-min of the Institute of Humanities for Unification, Chairman Kim Hong-gul of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, and all others involved in organizing the conference.

Konkuk University has opened and managed the Department of Humanities for Unification since 2016. The Institute of Humanities for Unification at Konkuk University has led practical research into the issues of peace and unification by publishing teaching materials for unification education for each level and each target group, and managing various programs for unification education.

On this occasion, I would like to thank Konkuk University for its hard work and contributions.

Part 1 of the conference this morning saw meaningful discussions on inter-Korean relations and unification issues from various respects including narratives, the environment, and legal systems.

I believe that the discussions were an opportunity to gather wisdom from each field of endeavor.


2.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Last year, South and North Korea declared the opening of a new era of peace through the Panmunjeom Declaration and the Pyeongyang Declaration, and took the first step toward the establishment of permanent peace.

Guard posts within the demilitarized zone were withdrawn on a trial basis, and the Joint Security Area in Panmunjeom was demilitarized.

The inter-Korean joint liaison office was established in Gaeseong and now serves as a conduit for 24/7 communication between the authorities of the two Koreas.

There have been so many achievements in inter-Korean relations, but we still have a long, hard road before us.

The government will not rush but keep going forward step by step for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.

I believe that all of you here will join the government’s efforts.

3.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
In an article, “The Greatness of the Ordinary” recently contributed to the German daily newspaper FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), President Moon Jae-in emphasized that the greatest power to change the world lies in the voluntary actions of ordinary people, and that the achievement of peace, too, ultimately begins with the will of ordinary citizens, hoping that the completion of this undertaking can be shown to the world.

The conference takes up the theme of “An era of peace: expansion of unification research for common prosperity of the Korean Peninsula.” Each matter discussed thereon may at first seem mundane. I am confident, however, that if they are together within the framework of unification, this will be a small but important step for opening an era of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.

In closing, once again I would like to congratulate you on holding the conference, and I wish everyone the best of health and happiness.

Thank you.