Civic groups from the two Koreas are planning to hold a meeting in the DPRK capital this month to discuss inter-Korean civilian exchanges as a follow-up measure to last month’s Panmunjom Declaration between Pyongyang and Seoul.
The South Korean Committee for the Joint Implementation of the June 15 Summit Declaration on Tuesday said it had proposed the meeting to its North Korean and overseas counterparts.
“We recently received the reply from the North Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration that it hopes to hold the meeting between May 23 and 26 in Pyongyang,” the South Korean civilian-run group said in a written statement.
The meeting – to be held between the chairmen of the three organizations – will discuss means to further implement the Panmunjom Declaration, plans for a joint cultural event marking the anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration, and further civilian-level inter-Korean exchanges.
Last month’s inter-Korean declaration saw Seoul and Pyongyang agree to “encourage the atmosphere of amity and cooperation by actively staging various joint events on the dates that hold special meaning for both South and North Korea, such as June 15.”
Tuesday saw the June 15 committee say it is preparing for “full-scale exchanges at all levels.”
Standing representative chairman of the committee Lee Chang-bok told NK News that Pyongyang had positively responded to its request for a Pyongyang meeting last Friday.
The committee is yet to apply for permission from the South Korean Ministry of Unification (MOU), Lee said, as they are yet to send their proposed delegation list to the North Korean side.
A formal invitation from Pyongyang is required by the MOU when applying to visit the North.
Following the pro-engagement Moon administration taking office in May last year, the civic group was several times granted permission to make contact with its DPRK counterparts and planned to hold an inter-Korean ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of the June 15th North-South Joint Declaration.
The civic group, however, announced the event’s cancellation a week before the joint ceremony was scheduled to take place.
Though the cancellation was linked to the DPRK’s failure to invite the group to the North, the committee later blamed the Moon administration for the failure of the event.
During the Park Geun-hye era, the committee frequently held meetings with its North Korean counterparts in third countries.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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