Anniversary of June 15 Joint Declaration Marked in S. Korea

Pyongyang, June 22 (KCNA) — A grand festival for national reunification was reportedly held at the plaza in front of Pusan Railway Station on June 19 under the sponsorship of the Pusan Regional Headquarters of the South Side’s Preparatory Committee for Joint Functions of Koreans in the south and the north and overseas to implement the June 15 joint declaration.

Prior to the grand festival, members of 16 civic and social organizations, citizens and youth and students, at least 900 in all, gathered at the plaza and held colorful functions including drawing paintings on the theme of reunification and throwing balloons containing water at the boards on which ugly faces of anti-reunification elements were drawn.

Speakers at the festival called upon all the Koreans to move ahead to implement the joint declaration, noting that the formation of the June 15 Joint Committee reflected the will of the fellow countrymen to build a reunified country at an early date, true to the joint declaration.

Honorary Representative of the Pusan regional headquarters So Sang Gwon, who visited Pyongyang as a delegate to the June 15 grand festival for national reunification, said that though it rained on the day of the opening ceremony for the grand festival, he was greatly excited to march from the Chollima Statue to the Kim Il Sung Stadium. All of us were very thankful to all the compatriots in the north for having warmly welcomed the south side’s delegations despite heavy rain, he added.

An art performance was given and a video tape on which the days the historic Pyongyang summit took place and the June 15 joint declaration was published in June 2000 are recorded and others were shown at the festival.

Functions took place on Wolmi Islet on June 18 to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the publication of the joint declaration under the co-sponsorship of the Inchon Regional Headquarters of the South Side’s Preparatory Committee and the Inchon Ilbo. Those functions were attended by over 500 members of civic and social organizations, citizens and youth and students in Kyonggi Province and Inchon.

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