North, South Korea hold talks on resuming family reunions
SEOUL (AFP) - North and South Korea held talks on Friday on resuming reunions for families separated for decades by the 1950-53 Korean War as they seek to build on a recent easing of cross-border tensions.
The reunion programme was suspended after the North's shelling of a South Korean border island in November 2010, and its resumption would mark a symbolic but important step.
The talks, between North and South Korean Red Cross officials, took place in the border "truce" village of Panmunjom, where the 1953 ceasefire ending hostilities was signed.
"The issue of separated families is one of the most urgent tasks," the head of the South's Red Cross delegation told reporters on his way to the venue.