Sewol Victims' Families Committee Opposed to Bipartisan Agreement

Write : 2014-10-01 08:42:47 Update : 2014-10-01 16:47:36

Sewol Victims' Families Committee Opposed to Bipartisan Agreement

A committee of the Sewol ferry victims' families has reiterated that it is opposed to a bipartisan agreement on a special bill that will look into what caused the ferry disaster.
 
The committee expressed its opposition when it held a news conference along with some 100 families of the Sewol victims in Ansan late Tuesday, shortly after the rival parties reached the agreement.
 
The committee said that it is the ruling party and not representatives of the Sewol victims’ families that should be left out in recommending candidates for an independent counsel that will look into the ferry tragedy. The committee said the ruling camp should be left out for an independent and neutral probe to be carried out.
 
In particular, the committee strongly denounced the opposition camp for the latest bipartisan deal. The committee said it had entrusted the main opposition New Political Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) with the authority to negotiate on behalf of the committee, believing that the party would work to have a politically-neutral figure become the independent counsel. The committee said it had made clear to the NPAD that it is against the new deal, only to hear 20 minutes later that rival camps came to an agreement on the deal.
 
Meanwhile, another committee of Sewol victims’ families accepted Tuesday's deal while expressing regret over its content. The committee, mainly comprising of families of victims who were not from Danwon High School, said the new deal was a step back from a deal agreed on in August 19 and later broken by the NPAD. 

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