Japan, S. Korea Foreign Chiefs to Hold Talks in Paris on Thurs.


Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday that he will hold talks with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, in Paris on Thursday, amid a wartime labor row between the Asian neighbors.

Kono is expected to urge the South Korean side to accept Japan's proposal to set up an arbitration committee under a 1965 bilateral pact on war-related claims to settle the wartime labor issue.

The Kono-Kang meeting will take place on the sidelines of a ministerial session of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in the French capital. They are also expected to discuss North Korean issues.

Following a spate of rulings by South Korean courts, including the supreme court, that ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans requisitioned to work for them during World War II, the Japanese government in January requested bilateral talks under the 1965 pact.

However, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon earlier this month expressed the view that the South Korean government can take only limited action in response to the court rulings.

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