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Statement by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon

Special Envoy of the President, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

of the Republic of Korea

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my distinctive honour to represent the government of the Republic of Korea as a Special Envoy of President Roh Moo Hyun at this Second Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.  

I would also like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to all the delegations for having unanimously supported our membership in the Conference.

The Republic of Korea has participated in the CICA process since its inauguration in 1993 as an observer. Now, as a new member, we are resolved to play a more active role in realizing the CICA vision of an Asian continent where tolerance, mutual respect, peace and friendship prevail between and among nations and peoples of diverse backgrounds.

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Located as it is at a crossroad in Northeast Asia, the Korean people had to endure war and national division in the previous century.

Therefore, the Republic of Korea heartily embraces the stated purpose of the CICA to foster dialogue and interaction, and to build confidence and mutual trust among nations.

Currently, on the Korean peninsula, the North Korean nuclear issue is the most serious security challenge. The Six Party Talks aimed at the peaceful resolution of the issue has made significant progress with the adoption of a Joint Statement last September, which states the basic goals and principles for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Yet to our regret, the Talks have stalled since last November. On the North Korean nuclear issue, we strongly believe that time is on the side of nobody, and that delay in resuming the talks benefits none.

In close consultations with all other parties, my Government has continued to make every possible effort to bring about the early resumption of the Six Party Talks and the faithful implementation of the Joint Statement.

To this end, I look forward to the continued support of the CICA member states for the success of the Six-Party Talks.

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Asiais the largest continent with enormous diversity. This diversity has been often cited as an obstacle to cooperation. But with resolve, I believe, diversity can be turned into nourishment for our relations. In this sense, mutual respect, tolerance and peaceful coexistence contained in its founding document of the Almaty Act must continue to guide the CICA in its efforts toward a peaceful and prosperous Asia.

The Republic of Korea has traditionally maintained close relations with the CICA Member States located across Central Asia, Southern Asia and the Middle East. In the wake of our joining this important Conference, I hope that our relations will be further strengthened and consolidated.

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

As the European experience has shown, security is not necessarily subject to a zero-sum game. Win-win situations can be created by mutual respect of each other’s security interests and joint efforts toward a greater common good. As the CSCE/OSCE did in Europe, we hope the CICA will be a strong promoter of the cooperative approach in tackling the security challenges in Asia.

In this world of globalization, peace is indivisible. Any event occurring in one region has impact on other regions. Therefore, the CICA should continue to expand its outreach activities with other regional and global organizations such as the ARF, OSCE and the United Nations.

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

In closing, the Republic of Korea would like to extend our respect and appreciation to HE President Nazarbayev for his great vision in initiating and nurturing this Conference into an important forum for peace and security in Asia. We are confident that the CICA will continue to grow and prosper. In its long journey toward peace and prosperity in Asia, I assure you that the Republic of Korea will be a good company and dedicated partner.

Thank you very much.