German MP calls for bigger EU role in North Korea

8th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

8 June 2004 , PYONGYANG - Germany and the European Union should play a larger role in North Korea, German member of parliament Hartmut Koschyk said Tuesday at the conclusion of a visit to the isolated communist nation. Koschyk, who headed a German delegation to the capital Pyongyang, said Germany can offer its assistance to North Korea and could act as an "honest broker". He said there should be greater awareness that "Germany and the EU can and should play a role in the stabilization process on the Korean

 8 June 2004

PYONGYANG - Germany and the European Union should play a larger role in North Korea, German member of parliament Hartmut Koschyk said Tuesday at the conclusion of a visit to the isolated communist nation.

Koschyk, who headed a German delegation to the capital Pyongyang, said Germany can offer its assistance to North Korea and could act as an "honest broker".

He said there should be greater awareness that "Germany and the EU can and should play a role in the stabilization process on the Korean peninsula".

Koschyk said that foundations should be laid for a new phase that will come when the United States and North Korea resolve their dispute over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Koschyk, on his third trip to the communist state, added that North Korea has learned to sharpen its foreign policy in talks with the US, to be more positive, flexible and to no longer play the role of the "bad boy".      

North Korea's successes, including the recent visit of Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, progress in inter-Korean relations, and Kim Jong Il's visit to China, strengthen Pyongyang's position before the next round of six-nation talks set to take place in two weeks.

During three days of political talks in North Korea, including a meeting with the reclusive communist country's nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, Koschyk was asked to relay messages from Pyongyang to officials at his next stop, Seoul.

He said during his trip, North Korea demonstrated a strong interest in building relations with South Korea's parliament and political parties.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

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