President Park announces preparatory committee for reunificationUpdated: 2014-07-16 06:27:55 (KST)
The 50-member joint government-civilian committee, chaired by President Park, has been tasked with seeking ways to systematically prepare for Korean reunification, and setting a direction for the unprecedented process.
Two vice chairs have been named, Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae representing the government and former senior presidential foreign secretary Chung Jong-wook , who is currently the chair professor at Incheon National University, representing the civilian side.
29 civilian members with backgrounds related to reunification issues will then 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 for in-depth discussions and research with an ultimate goal of formulating 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.
Six members from state-run research institutes have been tasked with boosting 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 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.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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