Annan welcomes resumption of inter-Korean dialogue

18 September 2001

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the resumption of ministerial talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea.

A spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement that Mr. Annan was particularly glad that the inter-Korean dialogue, held in Seoul from 15 to 18 September, agreed to continue the exchange visits between separated families, as well as to undertake practical steps in the economic and other fields.

Encouraged by the renewed commitment of both countries to the Joint Declaration that had been signed by their two leaders on 15 June of last year, the Secretary-General urged the parties to persevere with its full implementation, including the dialogue at the highest level.