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 VOL. 23, NO. 11DECEMBER 5, 1997 


Korea Talks Bound for Geneva


 BY SUZANNE TRIMEL

From left: Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Charles Karman, South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Song Yong Shik, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan and Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Jian. Record Photo by Eileen Barroso.
In an historic agreement that may be the first step toward a permanent peace for the divided Korean peninsula, diplomats for the United States, China and North and South Korea agreed following a meeting at Columbia Nov. 21 to begin formal peace talks next month in Geneva, Switzerland.

  The School of International and Public Affairs hosted the official government delegations for two earlier preliminary meetings to hammer out a date, place and agenda for peace talks.

  An armistice ended the Korean War in 1953 but no formal peace treaty was worked out. As a result, four decades after the fighting stopped, the border between North and South Korea remains one of the most heavily armed potential flash points with 37,000 American troops stationed there.

  Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Charles Karman announced the breakthrough to international journalists covering the talks at SIPA and offered the delegations' official thank you to Columbia for making the Kellogg Conference Center available for the talks.

  The other top negotiators, included South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Song Yong Shik, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan and Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Jian.






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