Germany pledges support for inter-Korean reunificationUpdated: 2014-03-27 17:55:02 (KST)
At a joint press conference, Chancellor Merkel said Germany, which has gone through unification itself, is responsible for supporting the two Koreas' will to reunite.
And President Park and the German Chancellor agreed to set up a cooperative system to prepare the Korean peninsula for social and economic unity.
"Taking into account Germany's unification experience and knowledge, I plan to lay the groundwork for a peaceful reunification on the Korean peninsula."
When asked about President Park's recent description of reunification on the Korean peninsula as a "bonanza," Merkel said Germany's unification was, indeed, a bonanza.
Coming from the communist East herself, Merkel said she witnessed the lives of more than 17 million East Germans change for the better after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
"A lot of economic support will be necessary in connection with a reunification. The second thing is that people should be prepared to get to know very different biographies."
President Park also garnered Merkel's support behind her trust-building policies towards North Korea, at the same time urging Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.
On the economic front, the two leaders agreed to expand cooperation between the two sides' small and mid-sized firms, in vocational training, and science and technology.
Earlier in the day, President Park visited the Brandenburg Gate, a landmark in Berlin symbolic of German unification.
"Behind me is the Brandenburg Gate, which President Park visited earlier on this Wednesday. She'll continue with her reunification campaign in Germany this week, by meeting former officials at the center of German unification and laying out details of her reunification policies during a speech in Dresden.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News, Berlin."
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