Pyongyang, June 15 (KCNA) — The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland (CPRF) issued a memorandum Tuesday on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the historic Pyongyang summit and the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration. It reviews the praiseworthy achievements made in the movement for national reunification and in the north-south relations in the idea of “By our nation itself” set out in the declaration and patriotic efforts for reunification made in the past five years.
According to the memorandum, the publication of the declaration helped the nation greet a new era in which all the Koreans advance in the idea of “By our nation itself” and signal achievements have been made in the movement for independent reunification since then.
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Organizations and figures representing different circles and social strata in the north and the south and abroad held seven big national reunification functions in Pyongyang, at Mt. Kumgang resort, Seoul and Inchon on such important occasions as June 15, August 15 and March 1, etc. over the last five years.
In March last the Korean nation formed the Preparatory Committee for Joint Functions of Koreans in the North, the South and Abroad to Implement the June 15 Joint Declaration, a nation-wide reunification movement organization grouping political parties, organizations and personages of all social standings from the three sides.
The idea of “By our nation itself” has brought about a qualitative change in the nationwide struggle against the U.S. and outsiders.
The murder of middle schoolgirls by U.S. imperialist aggression soldiers in south Korea sparked off a fiercer anti-U.S. struggle. At least 5,880 anti-U.S. actions were staged in 2002 alone, their participants totaling more than 6.7 million.
Such massive anti-U.S. struggles that raged throughout south Korea resulted in the miserable defeat of pro-U.S. sycophantic traitors in the presidential election in late 2002 and at the National Assembly election in the spring of 2004. This meant a big victory of those forces for national independence, reunification and patriotism.
The last five years after the publication of the declaration have been a period of a historic turn in which the history of the north-south mistrust and confrontation has given way to a new era of reconciliation and cooperation, guided by the idea of “By our nation itself.”
This period has witnessed 14 ministerial talks between the authorities of the north and the south, 42 meetings, inter-sector panel meetings and working contacts between the two sides to the committee for the promotion of economic cooperation and 11 talks and working contacts between the military authorities of both sides, almost 100 talks and contacts in all. Since the publication of the declaration the north and the south have adopted agreements nearly at all ministerial talks and this resulted in realizing
the reunion of separated families and relatives, through four rounds of Red Cross talks, ten times in a little more than four years.
The south Korean media organizations delegation and representatives of 14 political parties and organizations and dozens of figures from different social strata in south Korea have visited Pyongyang in groups.
A special mention should be made of the fact that 63 former unconverted long-term prisoners crossed the barrier of division and came to the embrace of the DPRK in September 2000, a world historic event brought about by the June 15 joint declaration.
The historic Pyongyang summit and the publication of the June 15 joint declaration and the efforts made for its implementation helped all Koreans and other people of the world more deeply grasp the great personality of leader Kim Jong Il and this made it possible for the nation’s cause of reunification to advance with an increased driving force and dynamism amidst the unanimous support of the Koreans at home and abroad.
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