|Alejandro Cao de Benos and Dermot Hudson|
By New Worker correspondent
FRIENDS of the Korean people from home and abroad gathered last Saturday for an international meeting of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) in central London. Leading activists in the Korean solidarity movement including KFA President Alejandro Cao de Benos, Dermot Hudson from the UK KFA and others from Europe and Africa took part in the conference. But others from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Russia were prevented by the Foreign Office from entering the country.
November marks the 12th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Friendship Association. Over the decade the KFA has become the authoritative and authentic friendship body promoting solidarity with the DPRK. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the KFA has been to spread an understanding of the DPRK among an audience of millions, particularly young people through the medium of the Internet and other resources.
While the morning session was devoted to internal organisational matters the afternoon was spent in open discussion on building solidarity with the DPR Korea.
In his keynote speech KFA president Alejandro Cao de Benos said: "Frequently people around the world talk about 'personality cult' or 'state religion', but out of their ignorance they cannot understand that the admiration and the lapel pin on the heart of every Korean comes from genuine respect towards a great man who did so much for others but never thought of himself. This is why is our duty and honour to safeguard the works and life of Generalissimo Kim Il Sung, to spread this knowledge worldwide and shield Korea, the country of Juche against any enemy attack”.
Solidarity messages were received from the DPRK embassy in London and the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front of south Korea and the conference unanimously endorsed a solidarity message to the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il .