President Park proposes plan to lay groundwork for reunification of two KoreasUpdated: 2014-03-28 21:56:21 KST
Speaking after receiving an honorary degree from Dresden University of Technology Friday, President Park Geun-hye put forth a three-point proposal for the two Koreas to lay the groundwork for a peaceful reunification.
She first highlighted the urgency of allowing thousands of Koreans on both sides of the border see the family members they've been separated from for more than six decades now.
"South and North Korea should work towards making reunions of Korean War-divided families a regular event to relieve them of resentment and to build trust between the two sides."
President Park then suggested the two Koreas cooperate to boost the North's agricultural production and transportation and communication infrastructures.
She also talked about joining hands with China and Russia in railway and distribution projects, to promote co-prosperity in Northeast Asia.
Next on the president's agenda was increasing people exchanges between the South and the North in the form of historical research, culture, arts and sports.
"For the two Koreas to communicate well and truly integrate, we would need to narrow differences in our values and ways of thinking."
For all that to happen, the president said, North Korea must give up its nuclear arms and start looking after the lives of its own people.
Having learned more about Germany's own reunification experiences over the last four days, the South Korean president said she looks forward to a day when young people from Korea, Germany and the world freely visit each other and build a shared future.
"Before wrapping up her European trip, President Park travels to Frankfurt to meet with Korea's miners and nurses who were sent to Germany to find jobs and earn foreign currency during her father's presidency in the 1960s and '70s.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News, Dresden."
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