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Remarks by President Park Geun-hye at the High-level Me...
Sep 26, 2014
Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson, Director-General Bokova, Fellow Leaders, ladies and gentlemen, I extend my congratulations as the Global Education First Initiative enters its second year. And I’m pleased to be here as one of its core Champions. Education is indispensable to the dignity of man and a sacred duty of al...

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Remarks at the Security Council by H.E. Park Geun-hye ...
Sep 26, 2014
Mr. President, We are here today to tap into our collective wisdom as we take on an emerging challenge to peace and security in our world. ISIL and terrorist fighters from around the globe are endangering Iraq. This isn’t simply a threat to one country or one region. It affects us all. Today`s meeting, coming as it doe...

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Address by President Park Geun-hye at the 69th session ...
Sep 26, 2014
Address by President Park Geun-hye at the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United NationsMr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, Let me start by congratulating you, Mr. Kutesa, on your election as President of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. I am confident that this session will ...

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Remarks at the Climate Summit by President of the Repub...
Sep 25, 2014
September 23, 2014 Mr. Secretary-General, fellow leaders, The climate crisis is real. The earth is warming. Scorching heat waves, severe rains and frigid colds - such extreme weather events are affecting human life in so many ways. As Secretary-General Ban stated, “climate change is the great challenge of the 21st cent...

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Address by President Park Geun-hye on the 69th annivers...
Aug 15, 2014
Fellow citizens, overseas compatriots and decorated patriots, distinguished guests from home and abroad, I join all of you on this meaningful day celebrating the 69th anniversary of liberation and the 66th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Korea. Korea has been able to safeguard liberal democracy and achie...

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Remarks by President Park Geun-hye on the papal visit t...
Aug 14, 2014
Your Holiness, distinguished guests, It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you here. The people of the Republic of Korea have been long and eagerly awaited the chance to meet Your Holiness. Both the Catholic community of Korea and the Korean people are deeply blessed to be able to host the leader of the world’s 1.2 bill...

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Address to the Nation by President Park Geun-hye on the...
May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014 Fellow Koreans, Today is the 34th day since the sinking of the Sewol occurred. All Koreans share in the pain and grief of the families that lost loved ones. As the President responsible for lives and safety of the people, I apologize from deep in my heart for the pain and suffering you have undergone....

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An Initiative for Peaceful Unification on the Korean Pe...
Mar 31, 2014
Dresden – beyond division, toward integration Professor Hans Mueller-Steinhagen, former Prime Minister Lothar de Maiziére, students and faculty members of the Dresden University of Technology, ladies and gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to visit this esteemed German institute of higher learning. It is also a unique ...

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Statement by President Park Geun-Hye at the Third Nucle...
Mar 25, 2014
World ForumThe Hague, the Netherlands Your Majesty, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. Let me start by thanking Prime Minister Mark Rutteof the Netherlands for all the great work that went into preparing for this Summit. It is my privilege to address this opening session as president of the previous host country...

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Remarks by President Park Geun-hye at the Joint Commiss...
Mar 07, 2014
Our proud new military officers, families and distinguished guests, I wholeheartedly congratulate all the 5,846 officers newly commissioned today. All of you have successfully completed rigorous and intense training and are now reborn as honorable officers of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. As President, I extend t...