My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter
| NewsLetter DailyWeekly

Ethnic Koreans in Ukraine major issue for new envoy

2012/03/03 | 370 views |  | Permalink | Source

Young Love Jae InAuction HouseWhat's UpBridal MaskSparkling
Watch on DramaFever

Ukrainian Ambassador to Korea Vasyl Marmazov gestures during an interview at the the Ukrainian Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday. / Korea Times photo by Philip Iglauer

By Philip Iglauer

Ukraine's new envoy in Korea said his country considers the status of ethnic Koreans a major bilateral issue and his country is working to "further legalize their status".

"Ukrainian Government has established a Special Committee on ethnic Koreans. Seven meetings of the Committee have taken place since its establishment in early 2007", said incoming Ukrainian Ambassador to Korea Vasyl Marmazov.

Marmazov arrived in Korea on Oct. 25 and presented his Letter of Credence to President Lee Myung-bak in a ceremony at Chong Wa Dae, Nov. 25.

"A pilot project aimed at surveying ethnic Koreans living in southern regions of Ukraine has been conducted in order to further legalize their stay in Ukraine, he said.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Ukraine. Both governments are celebrating the milestone year with cultural events.

"As it is known, at present more than 30,000 of ethnic Koreans live in Ukraine. Governments of both countries entered into constructive cooperation on solving the current issues of their residence".

The majority of ethnic Koreans, so-called "goryo saram", are not citizens of Korea and many are not documented descendents lacking legal status required to become citizens of Ukraine.

Ethnic Koreans in Ukraine were part of a large group that had fled the former Soviet Union, many from central Asia, at the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, and entered newborn states. They were forcibly re-located to central Asia from the Russian Far East during Stalin's reign in the 1930s.

The Korean government maintains the treatment of ethnic Koreans in former Soviet Union states as top agenda item when high-level korean and Ukrainian officials meet for political consultations.

Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik did so when he visited Ukraine in September 2011.

"He met with representatives of Korean diaspora living in Ukraine and positively assessed the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities in this sphere. Ukraine will continue to support ethnic Koreans living in Ukraine", Marmazov said.

Ukraine has taken steps to legalize their status, but some in Ukraine there oppose the move, calling it an amnesty, obstructing government policy from moving forward quickly.

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss

 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$2.99 per month (you can cancel anytime).
The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.

Settings

Remove ads

Sign up

Sharing

Activate

Spoilers

Visible, hide