Red Cross chief in N. Korea to discuss separated families

Red Cross chief in N. Korea to discuss separated families
Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

GENEVA - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to discuss the reunification of families on the divided Korean peninsula, the agency said.

North Korea said on Sunday it had accepted a South Korean offer to hold talks on resuming reunions of families separated by the Korean War, three days after an overture by South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

"We reiterate ICRC willingness to offer our support in an advisory capacity for family reunifications. We have many years of experience working in this area," ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson said in Geneva. It was the first visit in 21 years by an ICRC President to North Korea.

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