Peaceful Reunification of Korea 

Seoul, 9 June 2001/P/RE/17196 

At a lecture meeting held yesterday at the National University of Pusan 
(Republic of Korea), the President of the International Progress Organization 
(I.P.O.), Dr. Hans Koechler, called for the peaceful reunification of Korea on 
the basis of a constitutional model to be mutually agreed upon between North 
and South Korea. 

At the meeting sponsored by the Korean Human Rights Center Dr. Koechler 
emphasized the view of the I.P.O. that the reunification of Korea is a matter 
to be decided by the Korean people themselves; no solution can be imposed by 
outside powers or through any kind of pressure upon the people of Korea, he 
said. The principle of non-interference in the internal affairs is to be 
strictly adhered to if lasting peace should be achieved on the Korean 

The President of the I.P.O. reiterated the organization's long-standing 
position that the use of the United Nations flag in the devastating war of 
1953 was not legitimized because, at the time, the composition of the Security 
Council was not in conformity with the UN Charter. 

Dr. Koechler reported about his earlier visits to the People's Democratic 
Republic of Korea and expressed the hope that Chairman Kim Jong Il will 
reciprocate President Kim Dae Jung's courageous gesture who visited Pyongyang 
in June last year. 

The President of the I.P.O. concluded today a visit to East Asia in the course 
of which he discussed the organization's research project on humanitarian 
intervention with the President of the China Institute for Contemporary 
International Relations in Bejing and with the President and researchers of 
Myongji University in Seoul and of the Pusan National University.