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FM Yun to raise N.K. human rights issue at U.N. meeting this week

All News 15:33 February 29, 2016

SEOUL, Feb. 29 (Yonhap) -- Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will attend a series of U.N. meetings in Geneva this week to address North Korea's human rights situation, among other issues, his ministry said Monday.

Yun plans to leave for Switzerland on Tuesday to join the 31st session of the U.N. Human Rights Council and the Conference on Disarmament during his three-day stay, the ministry said in a press release.

On Wednesday, he is scheduled to deliver speeches at high-level panel meetings in both conferences and hold talks with senior officials from key participating nations.

His speech is expected to draw attention to North Korea's human rights abuses as the U.N. adopts a new resolution imposing sanctions on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile tests.

The resolution could be adopted as early as Tuesday under relevant U.N. procedures, according to diplomatic sources.

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Su-yong is also reportedly scheduled to join the human rights meeting to deliver a speech on Tuesday.

Ri participated in last year's session, during which he claimed that the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's 2014 report on the communist nation's human rights abuses was based on falsified testimony.

hague@yna.co.kr
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