Statement by Nobuyasu Abe Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs United Nations Asian Approaches to Peace and Security: The Role of the United Nations Lowy Institute for International Policy Sydney, Australia 1–3 September 2004, presented on 3 September 2004

"On the current nuclear issue in the DPRK, the Secretary-General has played a behind-the-scenes role in initiating the dialogue between the DPRK and the other countries concerned, but currently remains on the sidelines of the six-party talks, except for the exploratory role being played by the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Maurice Strong. The UN effort is intended to complement -- not to compete with -- the six-party talks and to promote a peaceful resolution of this dispute, while advancing humanitarian goals."

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