Title: The South-North Red Cross Conference; 
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Stamp Serial#
794 
KPC#
C-520 
MICHEL#
821 
StanGib#
983 
Scott#
807 
Date of Issue
12/31/1971 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
10 won 
Design
Korean Red Cross building, over a map 
Designer
Chun Hee-han 
Image Area
33mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printer
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
As the Second World War came to an end with a victory of the Allied Powers on August 15, 1945, the territory of the Republic of Korea was divided into two halves along the 38th parallel. The artificial wall built between the south and north of Korea has been the very source of grief and sorrow of the 50 million Korean people during the past quarter of a century. Especially, the tragedy of 10 million families separated in both sides of the divided land may well be said to be symbolic of the human tragedy of the presentday world.

Such a tragedy involving all of these separated families, of course, will be dissolved entirely with the abolition of the wall between the south and north, which, as all of the Korean people have come to realize, can hardly be realized within a short period of time from now. Thus, the Korean National Red Cross (KNRC), pursuant to the Red Cross spirit of love for humanity and relief, formally proposed on August 12, 1971, to the North Korean Red Cross that a conference be started between the Red Cross Societies of both south and north Korea to negotiate in detail for the search and reunion of those separated families scattered in both parts of the divided territory, from a purely humanitarian point of view. As the North Korean Red Cross accepted on August 14, 1971, the humanitarian proposal advanced by the Korean National Red Cross, an official ontact between the delegates of both Red Cross Societies took place at Panmunjom on August 20, 1971, for the first time in 26 long years and five days after the artificial division of the national territory.

A preliminary conference has been under way since September 20 this year for negotiations on problems related to the opening of a full-fledged plenary conference.

The Ministry of Communications is to issue a commemorative postage stamp on December 31, the closing day of 1971, wishing, together with the entire people of Korea, for an early realization of the ardent hope of those 10 million unhappy families who have lived separated and divided in south and north during the past quater of a century.