Several experts presented their views on the topic and engaged in a vivid discussion afterwards. The Republic of Korea’s inter-Korean policy and the recent situation on the Korean Peninsula were presented by representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea as well as from the Korean National Diplomatic Academy. H.E. U Myint Thu, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Myanmar, highlighted Myanmar’s support for any initiative that promotes peace and stability, not only on the Korean peninsula, but also in the region as a whole.
“We continue to work with both Koreas and try to maintain our constant position where we can work together at the ASEAN regional forum”, he said.
In the course of the day many more experts from ASEAN member states shared their national perspectives on the situation on the Korean peninsula and gave recommendations on how to further enforce the peace process. It was further elaborated in how far lessons can be drawn from other peace negotiations in the region, how the recent Kim-Trump summit affected the process and what role ASEAN can play in the promotion of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
Find out more about the event by having a look at the media coverage of the roundtable conference and the interview that FES did with the H.E. Mr. Lee Sang Hwa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Myanmar.
Watch a small video reportage MITV did about the event here.
FES: Ambassador Lee Sang Hwa, do you believe ASEAN can play a constructive role in the inter-Korean Peace Talks? And in what way?
Ambassador: ASEAN and its member states are important partners in the advancement of the Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula. ASEAN has established diplomatic relations with the two Koreas and has provided security cooperation mechanism within the Asian region including the ARF. ASEAN and the member states have been profoundly interested in the situation on the Korean Peninsula, conveying a welcoming message on the positive development and expressing a voice of concern over negative moves. In this regard, ASEAN and the member states have played a constructive role in addressing Korean Peninsula issues and will continue to serve the same function in the future. The historic summit between the United States and North Korea in Singapore is a good example. We hope that constructive discussions will be held with regard to the peace process on the Korean Peninsula in the upcoming ASEAN-related meetings. There may be ups and downs in the advancement of the Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula. With the collective wisdom we have gathered with ASEAN and its member states, however, the Republic of Korea sincerely wishes to bring permanent and solid peace to the Peninsula.
FES: What are the key take-aways from having the roundtable conference and from the discussions by the participants on the situation on the Korean Peninsula?
Ambassador: The roundtable conference served as a venue where the participants have open and frank discussions on the situation of the Korean Peninsula. Through the conference, ASEAN had a chance to have realized the ROK’s sincere commitment to bring peace to the Peninsula, and the ROK was offered with a valuable occasion to listen to ASEAN experts’ proposals and analysis on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. ASEAN experts shared that reconciliation and peace on the Korean Peninsula contribute to greater regional stability and peace in East Asia as well as the world at large and emphasized that ASEAN should continue its constructive role for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
FES: We thank you for your remarks, Ambassador.