Last week on November 16, the delegations of South and North Korea held working-level talks to discuss aviation cooperation.
Mr. Hwang In-cheol’s father, a victim of the 1969 Korean Air hijacking, remains forcibly disappeared in North Korea. At an emergency press conference, Mr. Hwang urged the two Koreas and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) to address his father’s abduction prior to signing any new aviation deals.
The Yonhap News Agency kindly covered Mr. Hwang’s message (KAL기 납북피해자 아들, 남북 항공회담일에 “아버지 송환하라” ). You can read the original Korean article here.
Below is our unofficial English translation:
November 16, 2018:
Son of KAL hijacking at the inter-Korean talks on aviation cooperation: “REPATRIATE MY FATHER”
The son of a South Korean citizen abducted by North Korea is urging Pyongyang to abide by the international treaty.
(Goyang=Yonhap News) Lee Hee-yeol = On the morning of November 16, Hwang In-cheol, the son of the 1969 Korean Air (KAL) hijacking victim Hwang Won, is holding a press conference in front of the MVL Hotel Goyang, where a North Korean delegation is attending the ‘International Conference for Peace & Prosperity in the Asia Pacific.’
Hwang is urging the North Korean authorities to implement the ‘Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft.’ 2018.11.16
(Seoul=Yonhap News) Kim Hyo-jeong = On November 16, the day that the two Koreas held working-level talks on aviation cooperation, the son of a 1969 Korean Air (KAL) hijacking victim held a press conference calling for his father’s repatriation.
Hwang In-cheol is the son of Hwang Won, a passenger (age: 32 at the time) of the KAL passenger plane that was hijacked by North Korea. On the morning of November 16, Hwang In-cheol held a press conference in front of the MVL Hotel Goyang, urging “North Korea to return [his] father under the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft (which the North ratified in 1983).”
Arguing that “it is only proper that the two Koreas faithfully implement the Convention before discussing the opening of air routes,” Hwang said that “South Korea should also urge North Korea to implement the Convention.”
Hwang also reminded ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) that “the resolution adopted after the KAL hijacking is yet to be implemented,” and he urged ICAO to discuss North Korea’s request for new air routes only after Pyongyang faithfully carries out the said resolution.
MVL Hotel is where a North Korean delegation led by Ri Jong-hyok (vice chairman of Asia-Pacific Peace Committee) is staying for an international conference organized by the Gyonggi Province.
Hwang Won, an MBC producer who left for a business trip, has yet to return to South Korea after his KAL passenger plane was hijacked by a North Korean agent and forcibly diverted to North Korea on December 11, 1969.
Since 10:00 am today, the delegations of South and North Korea have been holding working-level talks on aviation cooperation in Kaesong. Proposed first by the North Korean side, the talks are expected to include a discussion on the opening of a direct flight route between the two Koreas.