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This from the Korea Times:

IOC Head Asks 2 Koreas to Field Unified Team for 2008 Olympics

SEOUL (Yonhap) _ International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge has urged South and North Korean leaders to form a unified team for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, according to government and sports officials here on Friday.

On June 7, Rogge sent letters to both South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to the effect that he will do his best to help them field a single team for the quadrennial global sports event, they said.

It marks the first time that the IOC president asked the leaders of the two Koreas to cooperate in forming a unified team for the Olympic Games.

In March 2003, inter-Korean sports leaders agreed in principle to field a single team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a meeting on the sidelines of the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Athens.

During the general assembly of the ANOC held here in April, Rogge threw his full weight behind such a unified Korean team, saying the Koreas should reach a final agreement on the issue by the end of August. The ANOC, which is made up of 203 national Olympic committees, meets at least twice a year.

Earlier in the day, Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok told a parliamentary hearing that South and North Korea will discuss the issue in the North Korean border city of Kaesong next Friday.

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