07MOSCOW1100, SIX-PARTY TALKS: GOR VIEWS ON THE FIFTH WORKING

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07MOSCOW1100 2007-03-14 14:27 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO5174
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #1100 0731427
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 141427Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8249
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 001100 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/14/2017 
TAGS: PREL PARM MNUC KNNP KN RS
SUBJECT: SIX-PARTY TALKS: GOR VIEWS ON THE FIFTH WORKING 
GROUP 
 
REF: MOSCOW 849 
 
Classified By: Pol/Min Alice G. Wells.  Reasons 1,4(B/D). 
 
 1.  (C)  On March 14, Aleksandr Ignatov, MFA Deputy Director 
of the ASEAN Department and a participant in the Fifth WG on 
the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Mechanism, shared with 
us GOR expectations for the upcoming talks.  Ignatov, who has 
served in South Korea, will be deputy to Ambassador Vladimir 
Rakhmanin.  Russia's Six-Party Talk negotiator, DFM Aleksandr 
Losyukov, will also be present at the plenary.  Ignatov said 
the GOR does not have a specific agenda, but plans to have 
informal meetings March 15 to survey other participating 
counties' views before convening the WG the next day. 
 
2. (C) According to Ignatov, the GOR considers the fifth WG 
an important mechanism and its launching is a meaningful step 
for the overall success of the Six-Party Talks.  Although no 
"serious" results are expected, the first meeting will set 
the future direction in trying to keep North Korea within the 
1994 Agreed Framework.  Ignatov agreed on the importance of 
first establishing a set of principles and objectives for the 
WG. 
 
3.  (C)  Ignatov emphasized that the last round of the talks 
showed that agreement with North Korea is possible.  The 
Russian Chair hopes to capitalize on the current positive 
atmosphere.  Ignatov agreed with the USG view that the WG 
should avoid duplicating other regional structures such as 
the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and that Taiwan and other 
regional issues should be excluded.  He added that the WG is 
for the six parties only, and could not be opened to 
additional members, as has been the case with ARF and CSCAP 
(Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific). 
 
4.  (C) Ignatov told us that talk of signing any document, 
even for the scheduled May ministers' meeting, is premature. 
The GOR sees its function as the chair as streamlining WG 
procedures and avoiding any "slamming the door" and unhappy 
departures as has happened in other North Korea-related fora. 
BURNS

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