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APU Person(s) of the Year -- Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il

After choosing a Person of the Millennium and Person of the Century last year, AsiaPacificUniverse.com (APU) will begin an annual Person of the Year award in 2001.

In making this year's choice, there really was no question as to who would win. Certainly, there were many personalities who deserved consideration. The APU award is given to the most significant newsmaker, for whatever reason, of the year

Aung San Suu Kyii attracted much worldwide attention with her attempted jaunts in defiance of government-imposed travel restrictions. Eventually her persistence paid off and the government loosened its grip.

General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan and President Chandrika Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka also grabbed lots of headlines as their nations struggled with internal conflict.

In the Pacific, coup leader George Speight brought unprecedented attention to the small island nation of Fiji. In the Philippines, President Joseph "Erap" Estrada faced one crisis after another leading up to his on-going impeachment trial.

But, in the end, there can be no doubt that two individuals stood out above the rest. South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il made earth-shaking history when they held the first summit of leaders since national division 55 years ago.

Nobody could have predicted this a few years back or, even in 1999. The enmity between the two sides seemed so great that many thought reconciliation was not possible. Indeed, at times it looked as though war was more inevitable than peace.

Yet, to the surprise of almost everyone, these two leaders managed to bury the hatchet and come together to talk peace.

The result of this magnanimous act has already had tremendous impact.

Long-separated families torn apart during the Korean War have been able to reunite. Economic cooperation is growing. And most importantly, the threat of war now seems distant.

The two Koreas were and had always been an international problem. At one time, there were some who thought World War III might start at the DMZ.

The easing of tensions, then, is one of the most significant events toward world peace since the fall of the Iron Curtain. And there's hardly anyone around now that doesn't give reconciliation a good chance of success.

Kim Dae-jung was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his dramatic action, but unfortunately his North Korean counterpart was neglected.

APU would like to recognize both men, Kim Jong-il and Kim Dae-jung, for their courage and foresight in helping to bring peace to the two Koreas.  


 



Headlines

Central Asia

Mongolian President to
visit India and
Nepal
(Mongolia Online)

Water Could Prove
Key to Kyrgyz
Prosperity
(Times of Central Asia)

East Asia

Mori Cabinet plans
Africa, Mideast visits
(www.asahi.com)

Creditors approve of
Daewoo Corp. split
into three units
(Korea Herald)

Pacific Islands

Hawaiian jet skids
off Tahiti runway
(Honolulu Advertiser)

Striking media staff
in Papeete return
to work
(Coconet Wireless)

South Asia

Strike against Bollywood
actor shuts down
capital
(Kathmandu Post)

Army called out, curfew imposed in
Ranchi
(Times of India)

Southeast Asia

Estrada: Foes buying
witnesses
(PDI)

Megawati to visit
Aceh, N. Maluku
(Jakarta Post)



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