December 29, 2009 11:34
The South Korean government plans to increase humanitarian aid to impoverished North Korea via international bodies and non-governmental organizations.
Seoul's Unification Ministry announced that it will send some US$13 million to the World Health Organization and nearly $4 million to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support malnourished children and improve public health care facilities in the North.
The ministry also added that more than $5 million will be used to fund local civic organizations so that they can provide aid to infants and pregnant women.
Observers say the move is aimed at improving stalled inter-Korean ties next year.
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