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28 August 1998

TEXT: KARTMAN NAMED U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO KEDO

(Kartman also Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks) (350)



Washington -- Ambassador Charles Kartman has been named as U.S.
Representative to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization
(KEDO) and Chairman of its Executive Board, succeeding Ambassador Paul
Cleveland. Ambassador Kartman is the U.S. Special Envoy for the Korean
Peace Talks.


Following is the official text of the State Department statement:



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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesman



August 27, 1998



STATEMENT BY JAMES B. FOLEY, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN



U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO KEDO



Ambassador Charles Kartman has been named as the United States'
Representative to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization
(KEDO) and Chairman of its Executive Board, succeeding Ambassador Paul
Cleveland. Ambassador Kartman is the U.S. Special Envoy for the Korean
Peace Talks.


On August 20, Ambassador Cleveland completed with distinction his
service as the U.S. Representative to KEDO. As concurrent Chairman of
the Executive Board since February 1996, Ambassador Cleveland achieved
a remarkable record of accomplishment in navigating a difficult course
in pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula. His unstinting efforts
resulted in the ground-breaking ceremony last August of the
Light-Water Reactor (LWR) project. This ceremony marked the first step
in achieving one of the goals of the U.S.-DPRK Agreed Framework, which
is aimed at replacing North Korea's graphite-moderated nuclear
reactors with two proliferation-resistant LWRs. Ambassador Cleveland
also succeeded in expanding KEDO's Executive Board to include the
European Union. Original Board members are the United States, the
Republic of Korea and Japan.


Under Ambassador Cleveland's leadership, KEDO's Executive Board
concluded an ad referendum burdensharing agreement last month under
which the Republic of Korea pledged 70 percent of the estimated LWR
project cost of $4.6 billion, and Japan pledged the yen-equivalent of
$1 billion. The agreement is scheduled to be formally signed in Seoul
on August 29. Ambassador Cleveland will continue to serve as President
of the United States-New Zealand Council.


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