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Mandela Supports Inter-Korean Reconciliation
Date 2001-3-12 Ref.No 765
  

President Kim Dae-jung and former South African president Nelson Mandela, both winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, agreed to make joint efforts to promote global peace, democracy and human rights and to eradicate poverty.

After a one-on-one meeting at Cheong Wa Dae, Kim and Mandela issued a six-point Message for World Peace and Prosperity in which both leaders advocated the principle of the settlement of conflicts through dialogue and compromise.

In the message, Mandela reaffirmed his full support for President Kim's reconciliation plan and cooperation with North Korea.

In a joint press conference, Mandela said, "Mankind's greatest weapon against major international crises is peace. The policy of reconciliation and cooperation will appeal to everybody since it is based on peace."

President Kim, the winner of the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize for his life-long contribution to democracy and an inter-Korean detente, appreciated Mandela's support for the establishment of a peace park in the Demilitarized Zone, the 4km wide buffer zone separating the two Koreas.