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Forum on Việt Nam’s lessons for Korean unification

Update: April, 28/2016 - 10:42
A forum discussing Việt Nam’s experiences as preparation for unifying the Korean peninsula was held in Hà Nội yesterday.— Photo dongphuonghoc.org

HÀ NÔI – A forum discussing Việt Nam’s experiences as preparation for unifying the Korean peninsula was held in Hà Nội yesterday.

The second Korea–Việt Nam Peace Forum, held by South Korea’s National Unification Advisory Council and the Việt Nam Academy of Social Sciences, aimed to become a platform for further discussion and research on Việt Nam’s unification in terms of both economic and social development.

As Vietnamese and Koreans share the same history of having their countries divided, the successful unification of the Southeast Asian nation was an “historic model for efforts to reunify Vietnamese people and to carry out đổi mới policy”, said South Korean ambassador to Việt Nam Jeon Dae-ju.

After the First Indochina War, the Geneva Conference in 1954 took the 17th parallel as the border line between North and South Việt Nam, which was not removed until two decades later when the former won the war against the Americans in 1975 and unified the country.

The Korean peninsula, however, struggled to find a way towards unification for more than seven decades since it was divided into two separate countries of North Korea and South Korea after World War II in 1945. – VNS

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