DATE=4/27/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=NORTH-SOUTH KOREA SUMMIT (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-261761 BYLINE=HYUN-SUNG KHANG DATELINE=SEOUL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: South Korea says it has reached agreement with North Korea on most of the procedural details for the forthcoming summit between their leaders. But Hyun- Sung Khang reports from Seoul, crucial decisions concerning the agenda are still to be made. TEXT: South Korea's chief negotiator says the second preparatory meeting for the June summit yielded results. Following Thursday's meeting Yang Young Shik said the talks were conducted in a "productive" manner and significant progress was made on procedural matters. They include security, communications and the size of diplomatic delegations and press corps. The optimistic tone was echoed by North Korea. The state-run Korean Central News Agency described the discussions as "sincere" and said Pyongyang's representative, Kim Ryong Song, outlined the North's proposals for the agenda at the talks. After watching the discussions on closed-circuit television, South Korea's Unification Minister Park Jae-kyu said the two Koreas are close to agreement on the agenda for the June 12th through 14th summit. He added the two sides will try to make an announcement at the next preparatory meeting. Although details of the pre-summit discussions are not being made public, in the past Pyongyang has wanted to talk about its demands for the withdrawal of the 37- thousand U-S troops in South Korea and abolition of Seoul's strict anti-Communist national security law. But South Korean officials say the summit will be placed in jeopardy if North Korea insists the topics be included on the agenda. Seoul has proposed four major issues for discussion: economic cooperation, the end of Cold War structures, continuing dialogue and the reunion of families separated by the division of the peninsula. South Korea's negotiator says his counterpart has "shown understanding" about Seoul's position on the issue of family reunions. The June Summit will be the first ever meeting between leaders of the two countries, since they were divided in 1945. South Korean President, Kim Dae Jung will travel to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong-Il. The South Korean government says the meeting is a result of the President's "Sunshine policy" of engagement with the North, although technically the two Koreas are still in a state of war since they never signed a peace treaty following the 1950-1953 Korean civil conflict. Following this second round of preparatory talks, the delegates have arranged to meet again next Wednesday. NEB/SHK/FC/PLM 27-Apr-2000 05:43 AM EDT (27-Apr-2000 0943 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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