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Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Joint statement in detail
North and South Korean delegates
The two sides have agreed to resume family reunions
The following are details of the joint statement released on Tuesday at the close of the inter-Korean ministerial talks in Seoul, as reported by the South Korean news agency Yonhap:

1: South and North Korea will render full support to civilian-level contacts, visits and co-operative projects on the basis of mutual understanding and respect, while developing government-to-government dialogue and co-operative projects.

2: South and North Korea reached a consensus on the need for humanitarian measures to ease the pains of separated family members in time for this year's Chusok holiday. For this, the two sides decided to exchange delegations for the fourth reunions of separated family members from 16 to 18 October.

3: South and North Korea decided to take the following steps to balance development of a national economy and increase inter-Korean co-operation:

  • Both sides will embark on the re-linking of the Seoul-Shinuiju railway and a parallel highway as soon as a military safety agreement is reached and open them for traffic as early as possible.

  • Both sides will hold working-level contacts as early as possible to accelerate construction of the Kaesong industrial complex in the North.

  • Both sides will hold official talks on 4 Oct to revitalise the Mount Kumgang tourist project at which opening of an overland route to the mountain will also be discussed.

  • Both sides will make vigorous efforts to connect railways linking South and North Korea and Russia and will study the linking of gas pipes.

  • Both sides will hold working-level meeting of ocean transport officials as early as possible to discuss commercial vessel passage in each other's territorial waters.

  • Both sides decided to conduct on-site investigations of the Imjin River zone in November to develop a joint flood prevention system.

  • Both sides will put the four-point economic agreements into effect as soon as possible through their relevant legal procedures.

  • Both sides will hold a meeting of working-level officials to discuss the South's sharing of part of the North's fishing grounds in the East Sea.

  • Both sides will hold the second meeting of the economic co-operation committee from. 23 to 26 Oct.

4: South and North Korea decided to exchange taekwondo martial arts experts in October and November.

5: South and North Korea will hold the sixth ministerial talks from. 28 to 31 Oct.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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