Speaker Moon vows efforts for N.K.’s return of Turkey’s war remains
SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's parliamentary speaker Moon Hee-sang on Saturday vowed efforts to prod North Korea to repatriate the remains of Turkish soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, his office said.
Moon made the remarks during his meeting with Mustafa Sentop, a deputy speaker of Turkey's parliament, in Bali, Indonesia, on a trip for a parliamentary speakers' meeting of a group of five middle-ranking powers known as MIKTA.
Turkey asked North Korea in June to return the remains of its troops killed during the war as North Korea worked on the repatriation of American war dead as agreed between the leaders of the two countries, according to a diplomatic source.
During the Korean War, Turkey sent a 22,006-man force to the war, of whom 724 died and 166 went missing.
The country dispatched the fourth-largest number of troops after the United States, Britain and Canada to help South Korea repel communist troops from North Korea. The South and Turkey call each other "brother countries" due to their strong bond.
"South Korea will actively handle the issue of (North Korea's) return of Turkish war remains," Moon said.
Sentop asked for Seoul's participation in raising the issue of Turkey's remains when the U.N. Command consults with North Korea.
Turkey's deputy speaker also voiced support for South Korea's efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, according to Moon's office.
Meanwhile, Moon met with Bambang Soesatyo, the speaker of Indonesia's People's Representative Council, to discuss ways to expand exchanges and cooperation between the two countries. Indonesia hosts the 2018 MIKTA speakers' conference in Bali.
"Indonesia is a key country when it comes to South Korea's New Southern Policy," the speaker said, referring to President Moon Jae-in's diplomatic policy of improving strategic ties with the members of ASEAN and India. "I hope for a more solid friendship between the two nations."
Source: Yonhap News Agency