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Democratic Party accepts 3-way talks

Posted September. 14, 2013 03:38,   

Updated January. 01, 1970 09:00

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The main opposition Democratic Party accepted on Friday “three-way talks at the National Assembly” of President Park Geun-hye, and ruling and main opposition party leaders, which had been proposed by the presidential office. Hence, a three-way meeting involving President Park, Saenuri Party chairman Hwang Woo-year, and Democratic Party chairman Kim Han-gil are set to take place at the National Assembly on Monday.

“I will accept three-way talks proposed by the presidential office,” Kim said at the party’s supreme council meeting held at his party’s tent office at Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall. On the agenda of the talks, Kim suggested recovery of democracy through solid commitment and bold decision to end the National Intelligence Service’s intervention in elections and politics; President Park’s apology for current situation where democracy is facing a crisis; and judicial punishment for the malign practice of the spy agency’s intervention in politics, and personnel and institutional termination of such practices. “How much President Park owed the state spy agency (for her election) is not the main issue of discussions. We want her to apologize not because she instructed,” Kim said, thus clarifying that his party’s demand for the president’s apology is not meant to deny the results of the presidential election.

On the Democratic Party’s acceptance of offer for talks, presidential press secretary Lee Jung-hyun said, “I think it is a good thing,” in welcoming the decision.

However, it is premature to judge that the Democratic Party will start to take steps to normalize the National Assembly from the three-way talks as turning point. “Rather than the talks themselves, generating practical and useful results is important,” a Democratic Party source said. “Specific time and venue will be discussed.”