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Statement by H.E. Mr. Shin Kak-soo,
Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

Mr. Chairman,

Distinguished Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure and honor for me to represent the Government of the Republic of Korea at a CICA Ministerial Meeting for the first time since its admission to the CICA in 2006.

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea, I also would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the Republic of Kazakhstan on the well-organized arrangements of today's important gathering. My appreciation further goes to the CICA Secretariat and all the Member States for their untiring efforts to advance the CICA process.

(Importance of Security in Asia)

There is no denying that globalization is a double-edged sword. While we are benefiting greatly from the steady progress in globalization, it also has brought about intensification of challenges, some of which are quite new and unprecedented. Today, we are confronted with complex, multiple, and inter-related security threats.

Asia is no exception. Experiencing the most dynamic change in the world, Asia is by no means free of threats mentioned above, taking various forms and involving multiple layers of entities. This requires more concerted efforts, calling for multilateral dialogues and cooperation of which CICA is becoming an integral part.

(Building Confidence on the Korean Peninsula)

Mr. Chairman,

I believe that we need to learn from one another how each of us is addressing specific security threats. Hence, sharing of experiences serves as a confidence-building measure that enables us to forge still stronger bonds of cooperation.

In this regard, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the current developments in our efforts to address the North Korean nuclear issue at the Six-Party Talks. This multilateral process was created for the peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue in a comprehensive yet gradual way under the principle of 'word for word, action for action'.

The Six-Party Talks have achieved important progress thus far. At present, the last stage of the second phase of North Korea's denuclearization is underway. The disablement of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities is in near sight, and the long overdue declaration was submitted by North Korea last June. Our immediate task now is to establish a verification mechanism to determine the correctness and completeness of this declaration.

Furthermore, the informal gathering of the Six-Party Foreign Ministers, held in Singapore on July 23, provided a high-level venue to discuss where we stand and where we are heading.  

We will continue to use this multilateral mechanism of the Six-Party Talks to hold North Korea to its commitment to verifiably dismantle its nuclear weapons program and "not to transfer nuclear materials, technology, or know-how." We hope to move to the next stage of setting up a permanent peace arrangement on the Korean Peninsula.

Last February, our new administration has adopted a new policy towards North Korea entitled 'Denuclearization Opening and 3000.' This policy reflects the strong will of my Government to help North Korea open up its economy to achieve 3,000 US dollars of per capita income within a short period of time provided it faithfully lives up to its commitment to forgoing nuclear weapons programs.

We believe that the Six-Party Talks and this new policy will bring enhanced inter-Korean confidence and trust, which, in turn, will also help create favorable conditions necessary for security cooperation in Northeast Asia.

(Development of CICA)

Mr. Chairman,

Since its foundation in 1992 by H.E. Mr. Nazarbaev, CICA has evolved with the aim of building confidence to realize peace in Asia and beyond. Taking advantage of the privilege of having a unique composition of Member States from all corners of Asia, it has broadened the scope of the discussions and served to foster a deeper sense of mutual understanding and respect among diverse countries.

(Contribution of the ROK)

Over the last two years, the ROK has made considerable efforts to further the development of the CICA process and fulfill its responsibilities through playing active roles in all CICA meetings.

Despite being the most recent Member of CICA, Korea  hosted the CICA Special Working Group/Senior Officials Committee in Seoul last June, and has made voluntary contribution to the Secretariat demonstrating its  strong commitment to the cause of CICA.

As the coordinating country for implementation of the CBMs in the area of 'Energy Security’ and ‘IT Cooperation’, the Korean Government has already circulated the 'Concept Paper on the implementation of CBMs in the area of Energy Security'. We are going to host an Expert Meeting in the relevant fields in the very near future.

Furthermore, I am pleased to inform you that my Government has completed the internal procedures required for the entry into force of the 'Statute of the CICA Secretariat'.

Today, on behalf of the Korean Government, I am ready to sign the 'Protocol amending the Statute of the Secretariat of CICA', which will be a meaningful step to ensure smoother and more effective functioning of the Secretariat.

(Future Vision)

Mr. Chairman,

With regard to the future vision for CICA, the Government of the Republic of Korea supports the idea of strengthening its external relations with other regional and international institutions such as the ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization), IOM (International Organization for Migration), and EurAsEC (Eurasian Economic Community). 

Today we have made highly meaningful progress as we celebrate the admission of two new Member States, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and United Arab Emirates. CICA now embraces 20 countries to emerge as a truly multilateral security cooperation mechanism spanning Northeast Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East.

I would like to conclude my remarks by expressing once again my heartfelt appreciation to the CICA Chairmanship and Secretariat for all their hard work.

Thank you.