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Six Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear programme, Chair's Statement, August 7, 2005

China's Vice Foreign Minister Wu read out the Chairman's Statement on the fourth round of the Six-Party Talks on August 7, 2005, as follows:

"The first phase of the fourth round of the Six-Party Talks was held in Beijing from July 26th to August 7th. The six parties, in the spirit of mutual respect and equality, held serious, practical and in-depth discussions and consultations in a good atmosphere on the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which led to better mutual understanding, broader common ground and positive progress. They reaffirmed that the goal of the Six-Party Talks is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner and agreed to issue a common paper to this end. The six parties conducted in-depth and useful discussions on the paper and reached agreement in many aspects. They decided to have a brief recess so that the delegations can go back to report to their respective governments, further study each other's positions and resolve differences which still exist. During the recess, the parties will continue mutual communication and consultation. The fourth round of the Six-Party Talks will resume in the week starting from August 29, 2005, at a date to be agreed upon.

"The six parties reaffirmed their commitment to promoting the Six-Party Talks process."

Source: China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/.

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