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Repatriation of unconverted long-term prisoners demanded

Pyongyang, November 18 (KCNA) — Louder voices of demanding the repatriation to the DPRK of the unconverted long-term prisoners in South Korea are ringing out from many countries.


The Italian Committee for the Reunification and Peace of Korea said in its statement that the South Korean authorities are blocking those prisoners’ reunion with their families till now when the new century is at hand. It is the most inhuman, unethical deed that should not be tolerated any longer, the statement said, adding:

We urge the South Korean authorities to immediately stop the political suppression and persecution of the unconverted long-term prisoners and repatriate them to the DPRK as soon as possible as demanded by them.

Max Verworner, chairman of the Austrian Committee for Supporting Korea’s Reunification and chairman of the Society for the Promotion of the Relations between Austria and the DPRK, in his statement strongly held that the South Korean authorities, though belatedly, should immediately send the unconverted long-term prisoners back to their hometown where their parents, brothers and sisters, their wives and children are waiting for them.

If their repatriation is not realized before the 2000s, it will bitterly be denounced as a national crime and wanton violation of the international law, it said.

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