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26 October 1998

TEXT: 10/24 JOINT PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT AT KOREA FOUR-PARTY TALKS

(Talks produce agreement on subcommittees, next meeting) (560)



Geneva -- After four days of talks in Geneva, the participants in the
Third Plenary of Four-Party Talks -- North and South Korea, the United
States and China -- issued a joint press announcement stating that
they had reached a procedural agreement to establish two separate
subcommittees to work on the problems of "the establishment of a peace
regime on the Korean Peninsula and tension reduction there."


The sides also came to agreement on when they will next meet,
something which did not prove possible at either of the two previous
rounds.


At the conclusion of the talks, the sides announced that the fourth
plenary meeting of the Four-Party Talks will be held in Geneva from
January 18 to 22, 1999 and that the two new subcommittees will begin
their work during that plenary.


According to the established rotation, the Fourth Plenary of the Four
Party Talks will be chaired by North Korea.


Following is the text of the announcement and the Memorandum on the
Establishment and Operation of the Subcommittees attached to it:


(begin text)



Joint Press Announcement



The third plenary session of the Four Party Talks was held in Geneva
from October 21 to 24, 1998. Delegations of the four parties, the
DPRK, PRC, ROK, and U.S., had useful and constructive discussions
which were conducted in a business-like manner.


In this session, the four parties agreed to establish two
subcommittees to discuss respectively the establishment of a peace
regime on the Korean Peninsula and tension reduction there. Further,
they adopted a "Memorandum on the Establishment and Operation of the
Subcommittees" to guide the work of the subcommittees.


The fourth plenary meeting will be held in Geneva from January 18 to
22, 1999. A preparatory meeting at deputy head level will be convened
to discuss arrangements for organizing the work of the next plenary
session in Geneva a day before the plenary meeting.


The Chair state will prepare for the plenary session from the closing
of the previous plenary session and will assume chairmanship for the
preparatory meeting before the plenary session.


The four delegations expressed their deep appreciation to the Swiss
government for its support for this meeting.


October 24, 1998, Geneva



Attached: Memorandum on the Establishment and Operation of the
Subcommittees


(text follows)







Memorandum on the Establishment and Operation of the Subcommittees



1. The four parties agreed to establish two subcommittees during the
third plenary session of the Four Party talks held in Geneva from
October 21 to 24, 1998. The subcommittees will discuss respectively
the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula and
tension reduction there.


2. Each subcommittee delegation will be headed by one of the plenary
delegation members. The number of representatives of each delegation
will be determined at the discretion of each party. Experts may
accompany delegations to subcommittee meetings as necessary.


3. The subcommittees will commence substantive work beginning with the
fourth plenary and will be convened during each plenary session
thereafter. The subcommittees will report their work to the plenary
before the end of each round.


4. The Chair state of the plenary session will also assume
chairmanship for the subcommittee meetings.


(end text)