October 06, 2010 11:07
North and South Korea on Tuesday exchanged lists of people who wish to attend reunions of families separated during the Korean War.
Both countries' Red Cross organizations shared the lists of 200 applicants for the upcoming family reunions. Seoul and Pyongyang will now search for and match up applicants' family members and exchange the results on Oct. 18.
The final lists will be announced and exchanged on Oct. 20 with only 100 applicants from each side to be permitted to attend the reunions at the end of the month.
Seoul's Red Cross narrowed down its list from an initial 500 after assessing factors such as health and willingness to make the trip.
More than 80,000 Koreans in the South are waiting to see their family members in the North, but a Red Cross report shows about 260 of them die every month without being reunited.
After three rounds of talks last month the two sides agreed to hold the reunions at North Korea's Mt. Kumgang resort from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5.
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