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KCRP wants to visit North Korea soon

Religious leaders keen to resume Pyongyang dialogue, aid

Participants in the annual plenary session of the Korean Conference on Religion and Peace (photo: KCRP) Participants in the annual plenary session of the Korean Conference on Religion and Peace (photo: KCRP)
  • John Won, Seoul
  • Korea
  • April 5, 2011
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Representatives of seven religions in South Korea have asked for government help so they can visit North Korea as soon as possible.

Seven representatives of the Korean Conference on Religion and Peace (KCRP) including its president, Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju archdiocese, met with the Unification Minister Hyun In-taek yesterday.

They said in their press release that during the visit to the North “we will urge the North government and religious people including the (North) Korean Council of Religionists to make efforts for peace and security in the Korean Peninsula.”

The religious representatives also welcomed the government's recent move to resume humanitarian aid for the vulnerable such as infants and children in the North, asking the government to support provision of food to the North Korean people who are suffering from hunger.

They resolved to take the lead in providing humanitarian aid to the North.

Agnes Cho Hyun-won, project manager of KCRP, said that Archbishop Kim announced one of his priorities would be to facilitate the North-South exchange when he became the president of KCRP last February.

Meanwhile, the seven representatives also said they wanted to foster improved relations between the two Koreas by resuming a dialogue immediately.

Hyun reportedly said that he would positively consider those suggestions.

KCRP comprises Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Protestantism, an association of Korean traditional religions, and Chondogyo and Won-Buddhism, both founded in Korea.

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