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I. Multilateral - Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. Building Sustainable Peace and Democracy for the New Millennium: A Challenge for Parliamentarians
  2. Three-Way Talks on DPRK
  3. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Experts Group Meeting on Transnational Crime
  4. Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Intersessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs)
  5. 2nd ISG Meeting
  6. 8th ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials' Meeting (ARF SOM)
  7. 3rd ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting
  8. 6th Summit Meeting of the "Shanghai Five"
  9. Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) Meeting

  1. Building Sustainable Peace and Democracy for the New Millennium: A Challenge for Parliamentarians. Phnom Penh, 22-26 January. The second meeting of the Association of Asian Parliaments for Peace (AAPP). More than 600 delegates from 29 Asian parliaments participated, including high-ranking officials, members of parliament, civil society representatives and members of national and international organizations. Participating parliaments included Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cina, Cyprus, DPRK, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Opened by Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk. The aim of the conference was to develop common strategies and an action plan for promoting peace in Asia. There were 4 days of pre-conference proceedings focused on drafts of a Charter of Human Rights for Asian Nations and amendments to the new AAPP Charter. The first day of the conference dealt with regulatory matters such as the election of the AAPP executive and budgetary deliberations. Keynote addresses and parliament statements dominated the second day. On the third day, delegates participated in concurrent workshops: 1: Culture of Peace; 2. Role and women and Youth in Promoting Peace; 3. Rights to Development; 4. Good governance and 5. Promotion of sustainable Human Rights. Workshop results were also presented on this day. The final two days included executive meetings. Contact: AAPP Secretariat (Phnom Penh), fax: 855-23-217-769, e-mail: kolpheng@camnet.com.kh, website: http://www.aapp2000.org
  2. Three-Way Talks on DPRK. Seoul, 26 March. Delegates from Japan, ROK and the United States held a trilateral consultation meeting to coordinate their DPRK policies. ROK and the US held a bilateral meeting just prior. Acting Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Hubbard led the US delegation. Japan dispatched Kunihiko Makita, Director General of the Foreign Ministry's Asian Affairs Bureau. Deputy Foreign Minister Yim Sung-joon headed the ROK side. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network [NAPSNet] Daily Report on 25 March. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, website: http://www.nautilus.org ).
  3. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Experts Group Meeting on Transnational Crime. Kuala Lumpur, 16-17 April. Participants from ARF member countries discussed measures against piracy, illegal immigration and small arms trading. Co-chaired by Malaysia and ROK. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat (Jakarta), fax: 62-21-739-8234, e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id, website: http://www.aseansec.org (As noted in the daily Asia-Pacific Media Brief prepared by the Office of the Special Advisor [Policy], Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, Canadian Navy on 18 April. Contact: Navy Public Affairs, Maritime Forces Pacific, fax: 250-363-5202, e-mail: npao01@direct.ca website: http://www.marpac.dnd.ca ).
  4. Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Intersessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs). Kuala Lumpur, 18-19 April. Co-chaired by Malaysia and ROK, this sub-panel of the ARF attracted about 200 senior officials from 23 ARF member countries. Participants discussed the security situation in Asia, including recent developments in inter-Korean relations and transnational crimes. Agenda items also included the adoption of three documents proposing to enhance the role of the ARF chair country, select experts and prominent figures who will advise the ARF, and promote "preventive diplomacy" in order to avoid regional conflict. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat (Jakarta), fax: 62-21-739-8234, e-mail: mcabad@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org (As noted in the daily Asia-Pacific Media Brief prepared by the Office of the Special Advisor [Policy], Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, Canadian Navy on 18 April. Contact: Navy Public Affairs, Maritime Forces Pacific, fax: 250-363-5202, e-mail: npao01@direct.ca, website: http://www.marpac.dnd.ca ).
  5. 2nd ISG Meeting. Kuala Lumpur, 18-20 April. The meeting reviewed the outcome of the 1st ISG Meeting and interim activities. Participants had an extensive exchange of views on the political and security developments in the region since the 1st ISG Meeting co-chaired by ROK. Website: http://www.dfat.gov.au/arf/report_interses_00_01.html.
  6. 8th ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials' Meeting (ARF SOM). Hanoi, 17-18 May. Participated by officials from 10 ASEAN countries and 13 dialogue partners including Australia, Canada, China, DPRK, India, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Sweden (EU Chair), Papua New Guinea, ROK, Russia, USA. Website: http://www.mofat.go.kr/main/etop.html
  7. 3rd ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Beijing, 24-25 May. Attended by foreign ministers from 10 Asian and 15 European countries and the Commissioner for External Relations of the European commission. The meeting was chaired by Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan. Chinese President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji addressed the meeting at its opening and closing ceremonies respectively and received the Foreign Ministers and the Commissioner. Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen also met them. The Ministers held comprehensive, in-depth and fruitful discussions based on the theme of enhancing Asia-Europe partnership in the new century. They affirmed that the relations between Asia and Europe had become closer, more extensive and important than ever, that ASEM had entered a new stage of dynamic development. It was the strong wish of both Asia and Europe to further deepen understanding, expand common ground, enhance cooperation and forge closer relations. The Ministers stressed the importance of building upon the achievements of the Seoul Summit, to further promote and enhance Asia-Europe exchanges and cooperation based on the principle of equal partnership. They expected ASEM to play an active and constructive role in building a new international political and economic order by upholding the Purposes and Principles of the UN Charter and other universally recognized norms governing international relations. The Ministers called for greater international cooperation in promoting peace, stability, sustainable development, democracy, the rule of law, human rights including the right to development, and fundamental freedoms. Website: http://www.mofa.go.jp
  8. 6th Summit Meeting of the "Shanghai Five." Shanghai, 14-15 June. At the invitation of the President of the People's Republic of China, the Presidents of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrghyz Republic, the Republic of Tadzhikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan attended the Sixth Summit Meeting of the "Shanghai Five" in Shanghai, China. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of the "Shanghai Five". This summit meeting was of great significance in helping the "Shanghai Five" enter a new phase. During the meeting, heads of state of the countries had a comprehensive and in-depth exchange of views on the building and development of the "Shanghai Five" mechanism and current major international issues and signed a series of important documents. President Jiang Zemin also held bilateral meetings with the heads of states of other "Shanghai Five"countries. The Chinese Foreign Minister also held talks with the other Foreign Ministers who were in Shanghai to attend the meeting of heads of states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The foreign ministers had an extensive exchange of views on regional and international issues of common concern and signed the Interim Rules of Procedure for the Council of Coordinators of SCO Member States. Contact: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, website: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/13195.html
  9. Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) Meeting. Tokyo, 6 September. Senior government officials headed the delegations of Japan, ROK, and USA. The delegations reviewed their current relations with DPRK and exchanged views on the future direction of their policies towards DPRK. Website: http://www.mofat.go.kr/main/etop.html