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Signs of Reconciliation between Former Coalition Partners DJ and JP

May 17,2000

There are signs of a thawing in the relationship between President Kim Dae-jung (DJ), who is also the leader of the ruling Millenium Democratic Party (MDP), and Kim Jong-pil (JP), president and honorary founder of the minor opposition United Liberal Democrats (ULD).

The nation's political camps are speculating that DJ and JP have already completed a feeling out prosess on the possibility of a bilateral meeting and a change of regulations which would allow the ULD to form a parliamentary negotiation group.

The ruling MDP and the ULD have already decided to hold a meeting around May 24. Supposedly, they will be meeting to discuss the creation of a committee to pursue national harmony, but an MDP official said Wednesday that the two parties would place priority on discussing current political issues, such as the creation of the 16th National Assembly and the election of the parliamentary speaker.

It is even possible that the ULD, the ruling party's former coalition partner, may realign itself with the MDP if the ruling party and the main opposition Grand National Party (GNP) become locked in a battle to take control of the appointment of the National Assembly speaker. At the moment, the GNP is remaining hostile to the ULD's demand for the lowering of the ceiling on the number of lawmakers necessary to form a parliamentary negotiation group, which is currently set at 20 seats. The conservative ULD managed to secure only 17 seats in the last general elections.

In contrast, the MDP has shown a willingness to cooperate on the ULD's demand, and the ruling party's secretary-general Kim Ok-doo even said that he would take the lead in ensuring that the ULD becomes a floor negotiation group. He stated, "It is desirable to lower the current requirement of 20 National Assembly seats to form a floor negotiation group to less than 15 seats."

In response, ULD secretary-general Kang Chang-hee said that the MDP should, "...build trust not only through talk but through action as well." The statement shows that he has come a long way from the time when he was appointed as the ULD's secretary-general when he had said, "Alignment between DJ and JP will be extremely difficult as long as I am the secretary-general of the ULD."

The ruling party expects a meeting between DJ and JP to take place just before the historical inter-Korean summit. It believes that JP will not miss out on this political opportunity after his falling out with DJ during the general elections. JP's close aides are also recommending that he should meet with President Kim.

A key ruling party official said, "If the ULD fails in its attempt to lower the ceiling on the number of parliamentary seats necessary to form a negotiation group to 15, it could even join hands with other minor opposition parties, such as the Democratic People's Party (which won 2 parliamentary seats) and the New Korea Party for Hope (1 seat)."








김 대통령 , JP와 해빙 무드

민주당 총재인 김대중(金大中·DJ)대통령과 자민련 김종필(金鍾泌·JP)명예총재간에 해빙 조짐이 나타나고 있다.자민련의 교섭단체 구성과 DJP회동을 둘러싸고 물밑 교감이 이뤄지고 있다는 얘기가 양쪽에서 들려나온다.
 여권은 일단 DJP회동을 남북정상회담 이전에 성사시킨다는 목표를 잡고 있다.
 “金대통령이 정상회담에 임하기전 먼저 국론을 결집시킨다는 생각을 갖고 있다”는 것이 여권 핵심관계자의 말이다.金대통령이 지난 9일 김영삼(金泳三)전대통령과 회동한 것도 이같은 이유라고 이 관계자는 17일 설명했다.
 16일 민주당 김옥두(金玉斗)사무총장이 자민련 강창희(姜昌熙)총장을 만나 이런 뜻을 전한데 이어 한광옥(韓光玉)청와대 비서실장 또는 남궁진(南宮鎭)정무수석이 조만간 신당동으로 JP를 방문할 것이라고 한다.
 여권에선 시기가 문제일 뿐 JP측이 결국 돌아설 것으로 조심스레 관측한다.총선 때의 서운함 때문에 JP가 정치적인 호기(好機)를 놓치지는 않을 것이라는 판단이다.
 현실적으로도 원내 교섭단체 구성요건 완화 문제를 놓고 민주당과 한나라당이 표 대결을 벌일 경우 자민련의 공조는 불가피한 상황이다.
 그래서 JP측근들에게서도 “두분이 만나야 한다”는 얘기가 나오고 있다.
 양당은 24일께 당3역회의를 연다.외형적으로는 국민화합추진위 구성문제를 논의하기 위한 모임이다.민주당 관계자는 그러나 “16대 원(院)구성과 두 어른의 회동 문제등도 비중있게 거론될 것”이라고 전했다.이 관계자는 “교섭단체 요건을 15석으로 낮추지 못할 경우 자민련과 민국당(2석),한국신당(1석)이 연대하는 방안도 있을 것”이라고 말했다








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