President Park announces preparatory committee for reunificationUpdated: 2014-07-15 12:03:11 (KST)
President Park Geun-hye, earlier this year, unveiled her inter-Korean reunification drive, calling it a "bonanza."
She said she would launch a special committee in charge of making preparations for a Korean reunification.
Today, the Korean leader disclosed the line-up for that preparatory committee.
Our presidential correspondent Choi You-sun is live on the line from the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae.
You-sun, so we now have a better idea of who will be running what and how on this committee?
The 50-member joint government-civilian committee, chaired by President Park, has been tasked to discuss and seek ways to systematically prepare for Korean reunification, and to set a direction for the unprecedented process.
Two vice chairs have been named, Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae representing the government and Chung Jong-wook, current chair professor at Incheon National University and former senior presidential foreign secretary, representing the civilian side.
The presidential office cited Chung's vast experience and knowledge in academia, public administration, and diplomacy in his selection.
On the civilian side, 29 civilian members with a background related to reunification issues will be divided into four subcommitees, according to their fields of expertise: foreign affairs and security, the economy, society and culture, and politics and law.
They will be joined by another group of specialized advisers within the four sub-groups, to carry out in-depth discussions and research to put forth a blueprint for a unified Korea.
On the government side, the unification minister will be joined by 10 members, including the ministers of finance, foreign affairs and defense, as well as the senior presidential foreign secretary.
As President Park had proposed during talks with the floor leaders of the ruling and opposition parties last week, the policy chiefs of both parties have been named as the two members representing parliament.
And the remaining six members from state-run research institutes have been tasked to help further boost cooperation between the government and civilian sector.
While not included in the 50-member list, the presidential office said advisers from civic groups, the media and the educational community will be asked to meet with the committee on a regular basis to offer their views and deliver public opinions on reunification.
The committee will convene for the first time in early August to decide on its goals and direction.
This was Choi You-sun, reporting on President Park's new reunification preparatory committee.
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