The Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, the South Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the south Korean Federation of Trade Unions, organizations of workers in the north and the south, released a joint statement on Wednesday, the 129th May Day.
The statement noted that the workers in the north and the south declare their firm will to take the lead in the path toward peace, prosperity and independent reunification on the 129th May Day, the international holiday of the workers of the world.
Expressing solidarity with the devoted efforts of all the fellow countrymen for independence and peaceful reunification and declaring their will to always stand together in the van of the struggle for implementing the Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration by dint of the firm solidarity the workers in the north and the south which have unanimously kept for 20 years, the statement said as follows:
We will pave a broad avenue toward implementation of the historic Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration by getting united under the banner of By Our Nation Itself.
All the workers in the north and the south will courageously turn out in the struggle for ending the present stalemate and making a new engine for implementing the declarations.
In order to keep the north-south relations from going back to the ones in the era of tension and confrontation in any case, the workers in the north and the south will do their best in taking the lead in creating the environment and conditions for implementing the declarations.
We will get united under the banner of By Our Nation Itself that definitely prioritizes the understanding and demands of the nation and become an engine for ushering in a new era of peace, prosperity and independent reunification.
We will resolutely fight against all attempts to nullify the historic Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration.
We, workers, should take the lead in putting an end to the pain resulting from national division and ushering in a new era of peace, prosperity and independent reunification.
We will never tolerate any act of inciting conflict and confrontation and violating the interests of the nation but resolutely fight against it.
For the present, we should declare the period between April 27 and September 19 as a “period of the struggle for implementing the north-south declarations” and create conditions and environment for thoroughly implementing the historic declarations.
We will further harden the solidarity between the workers in the north and the south and pioneer a new-level workers’ movement for national reunification.
We will further develop the workers’ movement for reunification, following the path indicated by the historic Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration.
We will make tangible contributions to expanding the nation-wide movement for reunification by making ceaseless efforts for the political, mass-based and organizational development of the reunification movement.
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