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Koreas will talk about regularly reuniting families separated by war

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Representatives will meet October 26 and 27
  • Last Friday, the countries agreed to reunite 100 families from each side at month's end
  • Families have been divided for nearly 60 years
  • No mail, telephone or e-mail exchanges exist between ordinary citizens across the Korean border

(CNN) -- The two Koreas will meet in late October to discuss regularly reuniting families separated by the Korean War nearly 60 years ago, the Yonhap news agency in South Korea said.

Representatives will meet October 26 and 27, said unification ministry official Kim Eyi-do, Yonhap reported.

Last Friday, North and South Korea reached a deal to temporarily reunite 100 families from each side from October 30 to November 5 at the two countries' joint mountain resort in the North, Mount Kumgang.

Millions of families were separated by the Korean War, which ended in 1953 with a cease-fire, but without a formal peace treaty.

About 10,000 people applied to take part in a similar reunion last year, but fewer than 200 families were allowed to participate.

Family members wept as they saw one another for the first time in decades. No mail, telephone or e-mail exchanges exist between ordinary citizens across the Korean border.

The families were allowed to spend a few days together before the South Koreans had to return home.

Fewer than 21,000 family members have reunited since 2000, when North and South held their first summit, Yonhap said. About one-fifth of them have reunited via video.

 
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