Ruling Party, Victims Families Discuss Sewol Bill

Write : 2014-08-27 19:24:55 Update : 2014-08-27 19:52:41

Families of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster have for the second time met with the ruling Saenuri Party’s leadership, to discuss details of a special bill for investigating the maritime disaster. 

The two sides began their second meeting on Wednesday afternoon at the Saenuri floor leader’s office at the National Assembly.

Yoo Kyung-keun, who represents the victims’ families, stressed that what they want is to get to the bottom of the ferry sinking and compensation is not an important issue. He noted some of the families complained that compensation, rather than the Sewol special bill, was discussed in the previous talks with the party. 

The ruling party has officially stated that it is not considering the family members as a party with which to negotiate the Sewol bill issue. However, political analysts say that two-way talks are effectively under way between the two groups.

Meanwhile, about 70 lawmakers from the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) on Wednesday held a street rally at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul. They called for a Sewol special act bill that is acceptable by the victims’ families, calling on a three-way meeting between the parties and the families.

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