UN and North Korean Generals open talks...
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(UNC) March 2, 2009 – General officers from the United Nations Command and the North Korean People’s Army (KPA) met today to discuss issues of mutual trust and tension reduction. These are the first such talks after almost a seven-year hiatus.
Representing the UNC were Maj. Gen. Johnny Weida, U.S. Air Force; Brigadier Gen. Lee Chang-hyun, Republic of Korea Air Force; Brigadier Matthew O’Hanlon, Commonwealth Member of the Military Armistice Commission from the United Kingdom; and Colonel Harold Cockburn, rotating member from New Zealand.
The KPA were represented by Maj. Gen. Kwak,Chul-hui.
During the 32-minute meeting, which began at 10 a.m. in Panmunjom, both sides discussed measures to reduce tensions and introduce transparency.
The UNC and KPA representatives agreed to further discussions. “The UNC welcomed this discussion with North Korea which holds the prospect for building trust and preventing misunderstandings between both sides,” said Maj. Gen. Johnny Weida, head of delegation for the UNC.