JAKARTA, 13 October 2015 – ASEAN supports efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula which will contribute to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia and the wider region. This position was conveyed by Secretary-General of ASEAN H.E. Le Luong Minh to the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Committee for Unification Preparation (PCUP) of the Republic of Korea (ROK), H.E. Chung Chong Wook, during a courtesy call yesterday.

Vice Chairman Chung briefed Secretary-General Minh on the work of PCUP which was established in 2014 by President Park Geun-hye to prepare a comprehensive and systematic plan for unification of the Korean Peninsula.

Secretary-General Minh reiterated ASEAN’s support for the Trust-Building Process on the Korean Peninsula and the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative in promoting lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula and cooperation and trust in Northeast Asia. ASEAN called for the early resumption of Six-Party Talks which would pave the way for the complete and verifiable de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.

Secretary-General Minh and Vice Chairman Chung discussed the progress in ASEAN-ROK relations and noted that both sides are committed to further strengthening the strategic partnership as agreed at the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in Busan last year. Secretary General Minh also noted that the ROK has been an active Dialogue Partner in ASEAN-led frameworks such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus which aims at promoting peace and stability in the region.

Further, SG Minh briefed Vice Chairman Chung on recent developments in ASEAN, including preparations for the formal establishment of the ASEAN Community at the end of this year and formulation of a new vision for the next 10 years.