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What follows is the sixth Meditation Focus suggested by the Global Meditation Focus Group for the week beginning Sunday June 11.


THE NORTH/SOUTH KOREAN SUMMIT

1. Summary
2. Meditation Times
3. More on the Korean Summit

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1. SUMMARY

Since the 1945 partition, Korea has been a nation divided. In a historic move, the heads of state of the communist North and the capitalist South will meet for the first time in the northern capital of Pyongyang on June 12-14. The agenda will include trade, travel, investment, reuniting families, and a military stand-down along the most heavily fortified, most hair-trigger border on the globe, the 38th parallel.

Please hold in your heart and mind a vision, as guided by Spirit during your meditation, of the successful conclusion of the summit and the healing of all relations in this part of the world.
May Peace prevail in Korea, for the highest good of all.

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2. MEDITATION TIMES

- Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or Sunday at noon local time.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes with a special Earth Healing Focus in the last few minutes
- Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT: Honolulu 06:00 -- Los Angeles 09:00 -- Denver & San Salvador 10:00 -- Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 11:00 -- New York, Toronto, Montreal, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 -- Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 13:00 -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 16:00 -- London, Algiers & Lagos 17:00 -- Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg & Madrid 18:00 -- Athens, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Nairobi & Istanbul 19:00 -- Moscow & Baghdad 20:00 -- Tehran 20:30 -- Islamabad 21:00 -- Calcutta & New Delhi 21:30 -- Dhaka 22:00 -- Rangoon 22:30 -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 23:00 -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur 00:00+ -- Seoul & Tokyo 01:00+ -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne 02:00+ -- Wellington 04:00+

(+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time)

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3. MORE ON THE KOREAN SUMMIT

i) From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000608/wl/clinton_japan_4.html

South Korean President Kim Dae-jung is to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in the North's capital, Pyongyang, for three days of talks beginning Monday. It will be the first summit ever between the two Koreas, which were partitioned into the communist North and the pro-Western South in 1945. They fought a three-year war in the early 1950s that left 5 million people dead, injured or missing.

[snip]

During their 25-minute meeting, Kim told Clinton he hoped the summit would be a turning point in resolving tensions, national security spokesman P.J. Crowley said. ``President Kim said during the meeting, 'We will still need patience. This is just a first step,''' Crowley said. ``It's safe to say decades of conflict are not going to melt away in one meeting. But if coming out of this is a process for building a dialogue, that would have a tremendous effect on reducing tensions on the (Korean) peninsula.''

ii) From: http://www.reporternews.com/2000/opinion/thaw0424.html

South Korean President Kim Dae Jung took office in 1998 vowing a sunshine policy of economic and diplomatic engagement with North Korea ... North Korea has been ruled for the last six years by Kim Jong Il, the son of its founding dictator ... North Korea has sent out tentative diplomatic feelers
to Japan and several Western nations. An obvious reason (to outsiders) is that North Korea's economy has ground to a halt and the country is in the grips of a famine. Perhaps 2 million or more of its people have died.

iii) For a full coverage of this meeting see
http://fullcoverage.yahoo.com/fc/World/Korea/

iv) For excellent background information on Korea, including its history, type "Korea" into the search box at http://encarta.msn.com, or see http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/krtoc.html

iv) For specific information on the establishment of the two Koreas, see
http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/8/0,5716,114848+23+108454,00.html

v) Other recommended articles:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/times/200005/t200005182014564011198.htm
Two Koreas Sign Agreement on Summit Procedures, Agenda

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000602/wl/koreas_summit_1.html
South Korean To Fly to Summit

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/times/200006/t20000604164300401125.htm
S-N Summit to Address Missile, Nuclear Issues

http://www.cato.org/dailys/05-27-00.html
Leave Korea to the Koreans

http://cnn.com/ASIANOW/asiaweek/magazine/2000/0609/cover1.html
Korea: Preparing To Meet

http://cnn.com/ASIANOW/asiaweek/magazine/2000/0609/cover1.html
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