The Korean Friendship Association of the UK held its online Annual General Meeting via Skype at 1500 hours on the 21st of January. It was participated in by KFA UK officials, activists and members from London, the West of England, the south of England, Staffordshire, Scotland and the north of Ireland as well as by a KFA UK member residing in another country.
Apologies for non-attendance were received from several members.
Chairman of KFA UK Dr Dermot Hudson gave a report of work to the meeting in which he stressed that “The past year has been an active, productive and positive one for KFA UK.” and added “During the course of the year have maintained a high level of activity. We organised one real-life national meeting and 3 real-life regional and local meetings. We organised 3 pickets including two at the BBC and one at the US embassy. We have held many online meetings including several that have been jointly hosted with other KFA branches such as KFA Greece. We have had monthly KFA UK Literary and Poetry evenings.’
KFA UK Organisation Secretary Alan Bolon said in his report “The essence of my efforts is and always will be our purpose, which is profoundly rooted in our constitutional ‘Motto’: ‘Defends People’s Korea with no if’s and no buts’ even 24 / 7. I would like to thank you for trusting me as KFA UK Organizational Secretary’
Both the KFA UK Chairman and KFA UK Organisation Secretary referred to interference and suppression by Facebook which created difficulties in our work.
The Chairman of Staffordshire KFA gave a verbal report to the meeting on the activities of Staffordshire KFA.
The KFA UK Chairman gave the financial report to the meeting and pointed out that KFA UK had a small surplus of income over expenditure.
It was agreed by the meeting that all KFA UK Officials should continue in their roles for the coming year.
Speaking about the coming year Dr Hudson, KFA UK Chairman, said that “2023 will be an important year for KFA UK during which we must step up our activities in support of People’s Korea, the true socialist country and most independent country in the world. In 2023 there will be the 70th anniversary of the Korean people’s victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War against the US imperialists which falls in July and also the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in September.”
Many exciting and dynamic ideas were put forward including a DPRK film night each month and ideas for different meetings were proposed. It was resolved to continue to hold both online and real-life meetings.
Resolutions in support of the 6th Plenary Committee of the 8th Central Committee of the WPK and Denouncing fascist repression in south Korea were adopted by the meeting.
The meeting concluded at 17.11 hours GMT.