'저는 그들의 땅을 지키기 위하여 싸웠던 인디안들의 이야기를 기억합니다. 백인들이 그들의 신성한 숲에 도로를 만들기 위하여 나무들을 잘랐습니다. 매일밤 인디안들이 나가서 백인들이 만든 그 길을 해체하면 그 다음 날 백인들이 와서 도로를 다시 짓곤 했습니다. 한동안 그 것이 반복되었습니다. 그러던 어느날, 숲에서 가장 큰 나무가 백인들이 일할 동안 그들 머리 위로 떨어져 말과 마차들을 파괴하고 그들 중 몇몇을 죽였습니다. 그러자 백인들은 떠났고 결코 다시 오지 않았습니다….' (브루스 개그논)





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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

[Jeju Update] The Island Government and Council agree to hold the policy consultation meeting regarding the naval base issue

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* See all the blogs on the Jeju naval base (155 on the date of July 13, 2010)
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* See the latest blog on the Jeju naval base issue: Gangjeong mayor's solidarity message to Okinawa and the World (July 11, 2010)
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* MOU(2009년 4월 27일) 국문은 여기를 가세요.

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* Image source: Korean Sentry Forum
'The prospective outlook of a strategic naval base to be constructed on the southern resort island of Jeju over the next five years. / Courtesy of Navy'

According to the Jeju media such as the Seogwipo newspaper, Sisa Jeju and Media Jeju, on July 13, 2010, the new Jeju Special self-Governing Province government and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Council (* Island Assembly) had the meeting on July 12 to solve the conflict surrounding the naval base issue and agreed with each other to hold the policy consultation meeting on it.

In the media, the new Island governor, Woo Geun-Min was told to say that, “There has been the general agreement among the Island people that ‘the settlement of the conflict on the naval base issue,' should be the priority settlement task for the new Island government,” and to express his opinion that “I think that the reasons of the problems were due to the communication cut or absence, unilateral administrative drive and opaque opinion delivery.”

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been concluded by the Lee Sang-Hee, Minister of National Defense, at the time, Jung Jong-Hwan, Minister of the Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs and Kim Tae-Hwan, former Jeju Island governor, on April 27, 2009. See the article at the time. You can see the Korean version of MOU here(MOU 국문). It has caused the great fury by the Gangjeong villagers and Jeju Island people for its undemocratic & opaque procedure, eventually bringing up the Island people’s recalling movement of Kim Tae-Hwan, the former governor (which was failed for the vicious voting law).

* Image source: Jeju Press, April 22, 2009

* Image source: Same as above
'16 villagers shaved their heads in protest against the MOU conclusion by the Ministry of National Defense and the Jeju Island government. It provoked many villagers' tears at the time.'

Hyun Ae-Ja, former member of the National Assembly who has done 27 days’ hunger strike against the naval base plan in 2007 has said that the MOU was the critical betrayal that has driven the naval base construction. She has said the new Island governor’s determination to reconsider the decision on the naval base plan by the former Island government would be the solution for the current conflicts surrounding the naval base issue.

* Image source: Seogwipo Daily newspaper, July 7, 2010
'Hyun Ae-Ja, former National Assembly woman, on her twenty-sixth day of the hunger strike' in July, 2007. After her hunger strike, the Pan-Island committee against the military base has been set up.


However, the new Island governor who does not basically oppose the naval base plan, but only considers the budget and procedure issues, will not be good at it. Unless the solidarity by all the Island and main land people happens, and unless the Island assembly that has been occupied by the opposition parties more than half in last June 2 election and that wants to reconsider the plan, shows a clear vision, the prospect would not be so rosy.

It is becoming clear that the Jeju naval base, constructed by the blood-tax of Koreans would be the forefront for the U.S. against China (Click here and here.) and will only benefit the arms industry (Click here)

Now, it is time to gather the wisdom and will from all the concerned people.

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