17 Jun '11, 5am

In one country in our region, the government refuses to send back boat people who arrive from the North:

SEOUL: South Korean authorities Friday rejected North Korea's demand to send back nine refugees from the communist state, an issue that could further chill frosty relations. The three men, two women and four children crossed the Yellow Sea border last Saturday in two small boats, with the North's Red Cross warning Thursday that relations could worsen unless the South immediately sends them back. But Seoul's policy is to accept all North Koreans who wish to stay in the South, while repatriating those who stray across the sea border by accident. "As all nine North Koreans wish to defect, according to the investigation by relevant agencies, it will be handled in accordance with their free will," the South's Red Cross said in a message to its North Korean counterpart. The message was relayed in a statement from the South's unification ministry. The arrival in February of a boa...

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