Tracking Number:  388275

Title:  "Korea: Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission." State Department statement regarding the status of the mechanism designed to transform the armistice between the two Koreas into a stable peace accord. (950313)

Date:  19950313

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE DISPATCH PUBLISHED BY THE BUREAU OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS VOLUME 6, NUMBER 11, MARCH 13, 1995 Korea: Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission Statement by Acting Department Spokesman Christine Shelly, Washington, DC, February 23, 1995. The North-South "Agreement on Reconciliation, Nonaggression and Exchanges and Cooperation" signed in December 1991, states that it is the responsibility of the two Koreas to transform the armistice regime into a firm state of peace. It also commits both Koreas to abide by the present armistice agreement until a stable peace can be created. For several years now, however, the D.P.R.K. has been attempting unilaterally to destroy the armistice mechanism set up in the armistice agreement, which ended the Korean War. That mechanism consists of the Military Armistice Commission (MAC) and the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC). The function of the NNSC is to oversee the cessation of the introduction of reinforcing military personnel and equipment and to conduct investigations of armistice violations. The D.P.R.K. has failed to nominate a successor to Czechoslovakia as a member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, and has persuaded the Chinese to recall their representatives from the Military Armistice Commission. Now, the D.P.R.K. is threatening to evict the Polish NNSC contingent. We have forcefully told Pyongyang that such an action would be a violation of the armistice agreement, which has maintained the peace on the Korean Peninsula for more than 40 years now. If Pyongyang hopes its attempts to destroy the mechanism set up by the armistice agreement will lead us to enter into bilateral talks on a peace treaty, it is badly mistaken. Peace on the Korean Peninsula is a matter for Koreans, North and South, to settle. The U.S. is willing to assist if both Koreas desire it, but we will not negotiate a bilateral peace accord with the D.P.R.K. (###)

Product Name:  Dispatch, Vol 6 No 11 Mar 13 1995
Product Code:  DP
Document Type:   TXT
Thematic Codes:  1EA
PDQ Text Link:  388275