Tensions had certainly waned compared to their first meeting, two days earlier.
"Tell us anything you'd like. We will faithfully listen."
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"Compensation is not very important to all the families. What's truly important is one thing, and that is finding the truth behind the accident."
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But after three long hours of talks on Wednesday, the ruling party and the families of victims from April's ferry disaster only managed to re-confirm their differences over a contested bill on probing the accident.
The families reiterated their demand for a group of legal experts that they select, have authority to investigate and indict.
The Saenuri Party, on the other hand, said it would violate the judicial system.
After talks failed, ruling party floor leader Lee Wan-koo said he feels mutual understanding is growing.
The family representative, however, said no progress was made since the previous meeting, and that they will meet again next Monday.
Meanwhile, the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, whose proposal for a three-way negotiation with the ruling party and the families was rejected earlier this week, continued rallying at Gwanghwamun Square for a second day.
"If the ruling party is thinking about what's best for the people, it must resolve the Sewol-ho ferry bill within this week."
Political discord over the ferry bill has paralyzed parliamentary affairs, delaying passage of major economy and reform-related bills.
President Park Geun-hye and the ruling party have urged the opposition to prioritize the pending bills, but as more time passes, the prolonged logjam will likely become a bigger burden for the ruling side.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.