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Establishment of working group "indispensable" for six-paty talks: FM

PLA Daily 2004-03-19

BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Kong Quan said here Thursday that establishing a workinggroup as soon as possible is "indispensable" for the third round of six-party talks to make substantial progress.

Kong said the working group could hold comprehensive discussions on the topics, agenda, discussion approach and other possible issues at a lower level under the six-party talks in order to ensure the third round talks continue to make progress.

"I hope the six parties can closely work together to accomplishthe mission", Kong added.

According to Kong, China maintains contacts with relevant parties after the second six-party talks in February and has delivered documents on a possible working arena and discussion topics for the working group to the other five countries concerned.

The discussions and exchange of views achieved positive outcomes and China hopes the working group could be set up as soonas possible so as to build a solid foundation for the third round of six-party talks, Kong noted.

Kong said China also hopes the parties concerned would continueto uphold firm political commitments while show flexibility on specific issues to enlarge consensus and narrow differences for progress in peaceful solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

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