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Kimilsungia Festival Opens

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, April 13 (KCNA) -- The 8th Kimilsungia Festival was opened here in a grand style. On display in the venue of the festival are lots of potted Kimilsungias, the flower of the sun, cultivated by military organs, the commissions and ministries of the Cabinet, national institutions, Pyongyang Municipality, servicepersons, working people, school youth and children, foreign embassies here, friendship organizations, public organizations and individuals of foreign countries, overseas Koreans and Chinese residents in the DPRK.
    An opening ceremony took place at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition on Thursday.
    Present there were Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong Sop and Kwak Pom Gi, members of the Cabinet, leading officials of the ministries, national institutions and working people's organizations, officials concerned, servicepersons, working people and school youth and children.
    Also present there were the Indonesian cultural delegation, the delegation of Koreans in Japan and other delegations of overseas Koreans, the delegation of the Japanese Society for Loving Kimjongilia, foreign and regional delegations and delegates of the Society for Supporting the Propagation of the Immortal Flower and staff members of the Indonesian embassy here.
    Kang Nung Su, chairman of the Korean Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Committee, in an opening address said that the current festival is of greater significance as it is open on the occasion of the first anniversary of "Kimilsungia Is an Immortal Flower Blooming in the Hearts of Humankind in the Era of Independence", a famous work of leader Kim Jong Il possessed of the noblest sense of moral obligation towards President Kim Il Sung.
    He said that the army and people of the DPRK would make the festival a festival of flowers praising the President boundlessly revered by all people as a great man, a grand political festival which will demonstrate the spirit of all the servicepersons and people dynamically advancing to reach a high eminence of a great prosperous powerful nation under the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il.
    He stressed the need to boost the exchange and cooperation in cultivating and propagating Kimilsungia and thus bring the flower of the sun into fuller bloom in Korea and various other countries.
    Director General of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia Sri Hastanto who is heading the Indonesian cultural delegation made a congratulatory speech. He said that the event in which President Sukarno named a newly bred flower Kimilsungia and presented it to President Kim Il Sung as a gift during his visit to Indonesia is always remembered by the peoples of the two countries. He expressed the conviction that the bilateral friendly relations would grow stronger in the future.
    At the end of the opening ceremony its participants went round the festival.

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