Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom said today (30th) at the funeral of the late former President Roh Tae-woo, “Today’s funeral should be a place to mourn the deceased and a place for reflection on a new history, a history of truth, and a history of reconciliation and unity.”
At the funeral ceremony held at the Peace Square in Olympic Park in Songpa-gu, Seoul, Prime Minister Kim, who chaired the funeral service for former President Roh, said, “I realize once again the stern fact that no one is free from history.”
Prime Minister Kim mentioned the achievements of former President Roh, such as the successful hosting of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, northern diplomacy, progress in inter-Korean relations such as adoption of the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement, and the introduction of the concept of land release, but he said, “It is an immutable fact that we have committed an indelible mistake in our modern history.” said.
In particular, he said it was regrettable that former President Roh did not directly apologize to the victims and their families of the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement.
Prime Minister Kim said, “True reconciliation begins only when we reveal the truth before history and seek understanding and forgiveness from the victims.”
Prime Minister Kim also asked the bereaved family, “I hope that you will not forget the meaning of today’s national head and the hearts of the people and continue the apology that the deceased could not personally make.” He also said, “I hope that you will join us in our efforts to uncover the truth of the past.
[사진 출처 : 연합뉴스]