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Pres. Moon asks religious groups to play bigger role in integrating society Updated: 2019-10-21 16:10:47 KST

President Moon Jae-in says that despite efforts to unify Korean society in the past two years, the public remains divided.

"Around two years have passed, and although we have made efforts for public unity and enforced relevant policies, it seems like there hasn't been much progress."

The leaders of seven major religious circles in the country -- including Christian, Catholic and Buddhist groups, were invited for a luncheon at the Blue House on Monday.
President Moon discussed the ongoing conflict over reforming the prosecution and establishing a special unit for investigating corruption by high-ranking officials.
He expressed concerns over the heightening political feud leading to a more severe divide in society, as the general elections draw near.

"President Moon first emphasized social integration during a meeting with his top aides last week, on the day now-former Justice Minister Cho resigned from his post. Such remarks are seen as an apparent move to help Korean society recover, after the appointment of Cho two months ago sparked large protests and counter-protests."

But one thing gained from the strife, he says, is reconfirming the public's demand for fairness in society.
He said people want the government to eradicate foul practices and unfair privileges, even the unfairness rooted in legitimate systems.
The president asked for religious groups to do more to encourage healthy debate over how to achieve this.

"I would like to make this request once again. The government, including myself, needs to do more to achieve integration and harmony among the public, but I would like to say that religious leaders also need to play a greater role."

President Moon also sought their wisdom in handling the difficult economic situation and the lack of progress being made in inter-Korean relations, due to stalled nuclear talks between North Korea and the U.S.

Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.
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