Vatican officials who paid a humanitarian visit to North Korea at the end of last year were allowed free movement around the country, the Vatican's Fides news agency has said.
    Fides reported that the Vatican delegation, which travelled to Kujang and Wonsan regions at the end of November, brought sanitary equipment to hospitals and food to homes for orphans and handicapped children.
    ``The more contacts the better,'' Kaethi Zellweger, the head of international cooperation for Caritas in Hong Kong told Fides.
    ``Visits help to establish trust and it is a way of showing us how to break (North Korea's) isolation. The Vatican representatives were able to travel freely around the country, and not just in Pyongyang. This is also a good sign,'' she said.
Reuters 12:17am 31/1/00

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