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I. Multilateral - Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. 32nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM)
  2. 6th Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (Foreign Ministers Meeting)
  3. 32nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Post Ministerial Conference (AMM PMC)
  4. Four-Party Peace Talks
  5. US-Japan-ROK Talks
  6. US-Japan-ROK Summit
  7. Pacific Area Senior Officer Logistics Seminar XXVIII
  8. US-Japan-ROK Talks
  9. 3rd Informal ASEAN Summit
  10. ROK-PRC-Japan Talks

  1. 32nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM). Singapore, July 23-24. Hosted by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Attended by the foreign ministers of the 10 ASEAN countries. ASEAN welcomed Cambodia's participation for the first time in an AMM, an event that symbolized the goal of including all 10 Southeast Asian nations within the grouping. The primary areas of discussion were joint ASEAN roadshows, implementation of the decisions of the 6th ASEAN Summit, economic cooperation, political and security cooperation, ASEAN functional cooperation, external relations, review of the role and functions of the ASEAN Secretariat, regional and international political issues and international economic issues. Contact: Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, fax: 65-339-4330, e-mail: mfa@mfa.gov.sg website: http://www.gov.sg/mfa OR ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, fax: 62-21-739-8234, 724-3504, e-mail: public@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org/ The full text of a selection of the official addresses is available at the ASEAN Secretariat website.
  2. 6th Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (Foreign Ministers Meeting). Singapore, July 26. Chaired by Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Professor S. Jayakumar, and attended by delegations from all 22 ARF member countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia (new member of ASEAN), Canada, China, European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia (new ARF member), Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. The ASEAN Secretary General was also present. The ministers discussed the contribution of confidence building to the success of the ARF and endorsed recommendations from ARF sub-bodies to deliberate upon the concept and principles of preventive diplomacy. Highlights of issues discussed also include the regional financial and economic crisis; major power relations; peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea; the situation in the Korean Peninsula; progress in the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation arenas; transboundary problems that could significantly impact regional security; and the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and their Destruction. Contact: Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, fax: 65-339-4330, e-mail: mfa@mfa.gov.sg website: http://www.gov.sg/mfa OR ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, phone: 62-21-726-2991, 724-3372, fax: 62-21-739-8234, 724-3504, e-mail: public@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org/ The full text of the ARF Chairman's Statement is available at the ASEAN Secretariat website. N.B. See the "Meetings Digest" section for further information concerning this event.
  3. 32nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Post Ministerial Conference (AMM PMC). Singapore, July 27-28. An ASEAN+10 meeting in which the 10 ASEAN foreign ministers met with their dialogue partners from Australia, Canada, European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, PRC, ROK, Russian Federation, and the United States. Contact: Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, fax: 65-339 4330, e-mail: mfa@mfa.gov.sg website: http://www.gov.sg/mfa OR ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, phone: 62-21-726-2991, 724-3372, fax: 62-21-739-8234, 724-3504, e-mail: public@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org/ The full text of a selection of the official addresses is available at the ASEAN Secretariat website.
  4. Four-Party Peace Talks. Geneva, August 5-9. This sixth plenary session of the US-ROK-PRC-DPRK talks was chaired by the PRC. In attendance were US Special Envoy for Korean peace talks Charles Kartman, PRC Ambassador Qian Yongnian, ROK Ambassador Park Kun-woo and DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye-gwan. The main meeting was held in conjunction with two committee meetings held August 6-7. While the US, ROK, and PRC generally stressed the importance of tension reduction and a permanent peace agreement on the Korean Peninsula, DPRK demands included the withdrawal of US troops from the ROK and a US-DPRK peace treaty. All parties agreed to convene the seventh plenary in the near future.(As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network (NAPSNet) Daily Report on August 9, 10, 11. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org/ )
  5. US-Japan-ROK Talks. Auckland, September 9. US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and ROK Foreign Minister Hong Soon-young met to make preparations for a US-Japan-ROK summit September 12. Albright briefed her counterparts on US-DPRK talks that took place September 7-12 in Berlin. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network (NAPSNet) Daily Report on September 9. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org/ )
  6. US-Japan-ROK Summit. Auckland, September 12. Leaders of the three countries met just prior to the Auckland Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and urged the DPRK to halt its missile and nuclear programs and embrace an open-door policy in exchange for a peace proposal being offered by the US, ROK and Japan. The leaders also agreed to encourage the APEC grouping to take action concerning the unrest in East Timor. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network (NAPSNet) Daily Report on September 13. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org/ )
  7. Pacific Area Senior Officer Logistics Seminar XXVIII. Nadi, Fiji, September 20-24. Sponsored by the Commander in Chief, US Pacific Command. Co-hosted by Colonel Iowane Naivalurua, Land Force Commander of Fiji, and Brigadier General Phillip Mattix, US, Director of Logistics, Engineering and Security Assistance for the US Pacific Command. Participation by more than 100 delegates, including 29 general and flag rank officers. Representatives of the following 20 (of 23) member nations were in attendance: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United States and Vanuatu. Member countries not attending were Brunei, Indonesia and Kiribati. Observers attended from four additional countries: India, Madagascar, Nepal and Russia. The theme for this 28th annual meeting of the Pacific Area Senior Officer Logistics Seminar (PASOLS) was "Logistics Cooperation: Developed and Developing Countries." PASOLS is an international forum where senior logistics officers from Asia-Pacific armed forces can meet to exchange information that will strengthen military logistics ties and foster cooperation. PASOLS also provides an opportunity for the pursuit of bilateral or multilateral initiatives agreed upon between the interested parties. Keynote addresses by Fiji's Minister of Home Affairs, the Honorable Joije Uluinakauvadra and US Lieutenant General John McDuffie, Director for Logistics, US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Delegates were organized into groups that discussed planning for logistics aspects of disaster relief/humanitarian assistance in developed/developing (supplying and receiving) countries, logistics interoperability in multinational operations and the socio-economic benefits of military logistics for developed and developing countries. Contact: Lieutenant Commander Walter Smith, fax: 1-808-477-0242, e-mail: wpsmith0@hq.pacom.mil
  8. US-Japan-ROK Talks. Washington, November 8-9. This meeting of the "Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG)" was attended by ROK Deputy Foreign Minister Jang Jai-ryong, US State Department Counselor Ambassador Wendy Sherman and Director General for Policy Planning at the Japanese Foreign Ministry Yukio Takeuchi. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss strategy prior to a November 15 US-DPRK conference in Berlin. Delegates discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and their respective interchanges with the DPRK, reaffirmed their determination to coordinate closely on DPRK policy and reconfirmed commitment to the implementation of the 1994 Agreed Framework. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on November 10. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org/ )
  9. 3rd Informal ASEAN Summit. Manila, November 27-28. Organized in conjunction with the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs. The heads of state or government from the 10 ASEAN countries plus their Chinese, Japanese and ROK counterparts met for this ASEAN 10+3 informal summit. The meeting was chaired by H.E. President Joseph Ejercito Estrada of the Republic of the Philippines. Main areas of discussion included the current security environment; economic resurgence, financial issues and future competitiveness; social issues including social safety nets; the future direction of ASEAN and international economic issues. Contact: Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, website: http://www.dfa.gov.ph OR ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, phone: 62-21-726-2991, 724-3372, fax: 62-21-739-8234, 724-3504, e-mail: public@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org/ The full text of a number of the official addresses is available at the ASEAN Secretariat website. N.B. See the "Meetings Digest" section for a lengthier commentary on this event.
  10. ROK-PRC-Japan Talks. Seoul, November 28. A breakfast meeting attended by ROK President Kim Dae-Jung, Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and PRC Prime Minister Zhu Rongji. The three leaders agreed to commence a joint study for economic cooperation involving the three countries. The plan stipulates that each country designate a national or private institute to examine priority topics including trade, finance, industry, science-technology and the manner in which to maximize benefits from the PRC's anticipated acceptance into the World Trade Organization (WTO). It was also agreed that similar trilateral meetings would be convened regularly, and that the three countries would work together at the Seattle Round of the WTO. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on November 29. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org website: http://www.nautilus.org/ )