December 26, 1969. South Korea rejected North Korea’s proposal today for a meeting of nonpolitical organisations from the two countries to discuss the return of passengers aboard a hijacked South Korean airliner.
Information minister Shin Bum-shik said the North Koreans would be making “a great mistake” if they tried to use the innocent civilians as hostages. The North Koreans had suggested a meeting at Panmunjom between representatives of labor industry and women’s groups from the two countries.
The South Korean official said: “In returning the passengers and crewmen, no complicated negotiations are necessary, but the communist regime may just inform the time and place for their return through the Joint Military Armistice Commission or through some other channel.” Article archived here at Google News.