SEOUL, SEPT. 2, REUTER — South Korea’s rival political parties declared a truce on Friday, and pledged a joint effort to ensure the success of this month’s Seoul Olympic Games.

“Political parties and politicians should play a leading role in providing supra partisan support for the successful staging of the Olympics,” said ruling party parliamentary leader Kim YoonHwan, telling reporters of the agreement.

Analysts said the one month pact not to engage in political bickering would also allay fears that hardliners in President Roh TaeWoo’s government would crack down on democracy after the games end on October 2.

Article extracted from this publication >> September 9, 1988