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The Elders welcome release of Eddie Jun Yong-su

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Tuesday, 31 May, 2011

The Elders welcome the release of US citizen Eddie Jun Yong-Su and say this demonstrates North Korea's willingness to negotiate on humanitarian issues.

The Elders welcome the release of US citizen Eddie Jun Yong-Su, who has been detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea since November last year. Jun has been released on humanitarian grounds.

In April, during their visit to the DPRK, Martti Ahtisaari, Gro Brundtland, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson submitted a written request to Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, the official head of state, for the release of Mr. Jun. The Elders were informed at the time that legal proceedings against him had not been completed. While this response was disappointing, the Elders were able to ascertain through diplomatic officials that Mr Jun's health and mental state were good.

Jimmy Carter  

President Carter said:

“It is welcome news that Eddie Jun is able to return to his family.

This is a demonstration of North Korea's willingness to negotiate on a humanitarian matter. I hope that the international community will also show flexibility in responding to this news by sending much-needed food aid to the people of North Korea.”

Media inquiries: media@theElders.org

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