05 Dec '11, 4am
South Korea to offer North $7.2m in aid via Unicef, in fresh sign of easing tensions
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea said on Monday it would give the North US$5.6 million (S$7.2 million) in aid through the United Nations' children's agency in a fresh sign of easing tensions on the peninsula. Seoul will offer the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) the money to help provide medicines and food to children and women in the North next year, said Seoul's unification ministry, which is in charge of cross-border affairs. It is the first aid Seoul has offered via Unicef since 2009. 'The decision has been made in line with our stance that purely humanitarian aid for the vulnerable should continue regardless of political conditions,' ministry spokesman Choi Boh Seon told reporters. Cross-border tension has been acute since the South accused the communist North of torpedoing its warship at a loss of 46 lives in March 2010 and cut most trade and aid in reprisal.