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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.
27-Apr-2000 05:43 AM EDT (27-Apr-2000 0943 UTC)
Source: Voice of America

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