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DATE=8/14/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=KOREAS REUNION PREVIEW (L-ONLY)
NUMBER=2-265433
BYLINE=AMY BICKERS
DATELINE=SEOUL
CONTENT=
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/// EDS:  Reunions begin Tuesday, 4 PM local time ///
INTRO: Two-hundred people from North and South 
Korea will participate in a family reunion that 
starts Tuesday in Seoul and Pyongyang. As VOA's 
Amy Bickers reports from the South Korean 
capital, the government-arranged reunion is the 
first since 1985.
TEXT: Last minute preparations are underway for 
an emotional event that dozens of Korean families 
are eagerly awaiting: the reunion of two hundred 
people who have not seen each other for half a 
century. 
Many of these families were separated from each 
other in the 1950's during the three-year Korean 
War. 
The separated family members will meet in the two 
Korean capitals at government-chosen sites. They 
will not be allowed to visit their hometowns and 
ancestral graves.
The reunion is one of a number of friendly steps 
resulting from the unprecedented inter-Koreas 
summit between the North's, Kim Jong Il, and the 
South's, Kim Dae-jung, in June. The two nations 
reopened border offices for official 
communications Monday, and recently stopped 
propaganda broadcasts against each other's 
governments. 
South Korea chose its one hundred reunion 
finalists through a computer lottery. Most of 
them are retirees over 70 years old. By contrast, 
North Korea will send many state-decorated 
individuals, including a renowned poet, a film 
maker, a painter and a scientist.  Many are 
defectors from South Korea.
Analysts in Seoul say that Pyongyang is trying to 
send a message that defectors from South Korea 
are well treated in the North. (SIGNED)
NEB/AB/HK/GC/JO
14-Aug-2000 06:38 AM LOC (14-Aug-2000 1038 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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