Germany Advises Korea on Reunification

  • Arirang News

    November 18, 2011 12:35

    Some 24 current and former officials and academics from South Korea and Germany began a joint consultation committee in Seoul on Thursday to seek ways to achieve a successful reunification of the two Koreas.

    Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik expressed confidence that great lessons and wisdom are to be gained from Germany's reunification process.

    The German delegation repeatedly highlighted that East Germans voluntarily wanted to escape socialist dictatorship and reunite with their western neighbors.

    And while Seoul has recently become more flexible with the North on non-political affairs, the German participants talked about the importance of cultural and personal exchanges, such as family reunions and aid deliveries.

    German participants praised South Korea's fiscal preparations for reunification, but warned that unless North Korea's living standards improve quickly enough to match its southern neighbor's, there will likely be an exodus of people crossing into the South.

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