Bern, Press releases, 13.03.2009

Representatives of Switzerland, Sweden and Poland, Member States of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) in Korea, met in Bern on 13 March 2009 for their yearly consultations. Discussions focused on current tasks of the NNSC and recent developments on the Korean Peninsula. The NNSC Member States reasserted their long-term commitment to contribute to a permanent peace solution on the Korean Peninsula.

The NNSC was established over 55 years ago through the Armistice Agreement of 27 July 1953, which is still the only legal instrument for the avoidance of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula. As long as this Agreement is not superseded by a comprehensive peace treaty, the role of the NNSC remains important in maintaining stability, providing channels of communication and promoting confidence on both sides of the demarcation line. 

The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains a matter of concern to the international community, not only with respect to regional security and arms control, but also with regard to the humanitarian and human rights situation.

The representatives of the NNSC expressed their continued support for all genuine efforts aimed at achieving a negotiated and sustainable solution on the Peninsula, that addresses concerns of all parties involved. Switzerland, Sweden and Poland reaffirmed their strong support for the Six Party Talks, involving the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States of America. The NNSC Members expressed their hope that this process would result in a progressive and concrete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, for the ultimate purpose of establishing a permanent peace arrangement on the Peninsula.

Moreover, the NNSC members exchanged views on opportunities to contribute to the implementation, in the future, of confidence-building measures, in accordance with the on-going peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula. 

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