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Germany-Led EU Delegation Travels to N. Korea
Pyongyang Square, Pyongyang, North Korea.

On March 6, 2007 a delegation of the European Union, led by Germany's EU presidency, started travelling to Pyongyang in North Korea. The delegation will stay for two days, from March 6, 2007 to March 8, 2007, for high-level political talks.

The aim of this trip by the EU Troika is to promote the rapid implementation of an agreement reached on February 13, 2007in Beijing during the Six-Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear programme. The European Union expressly welcomed this agreement.

Furthermore, the delegation will emphasize that the EU expects the Six-Party Talks to continue with a view to implementing all the agreements included in the Joint Statement of September 19, 2005. The European Union is committed to security and stability in the region and to the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

For that reason, both Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as representative of the German presidency of the EU Council, and Javier Solana, the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, have welcomed the efforts made by the Six Parties and the understandings they have reached.

For the EU, the trip also is of an exploratory nature since the outcome of the visit will provide important guidelines for discussions within the EU as to its future relations with North Korea.The Troika delegation comprises Germany's current EU presidency as well as representatives of the European Commission and the Secretariat General of the European Union. Portugal, which will take over the EU presidency after Germany, will also participate.






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