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C O N F I D E N T I A L OTTAWA 000202 SIPDIS FOR EAP/RSP E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/31/2003 TAGS: PREL, CA, ARF SUBJECT: CANADA: ARF STATEMENT SHOULD REFLECT CONSENSUS REF: STATE 13788 Classified By: Political Minister Counselor, Brian Flora. Reason 1.5b. 1. (C) Post provided Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) Deputy Director for Regional Security and Peacekeeping Division, Sarah Smith and Deputy Director for Korea, Hartmuth Kroll, talking points and texts of the proposed statement by the Chairman of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the Chairman's letter to ARF member states, and the proposed U.S. alternative language as contained in REFTEL on January 16. Smith told poloff that Canada had already received copies of the ARF Chairman's letter and proposed statement and Canada's Ambassador to Cambodia would be engaging the ARF chairman concerning the Government of Canada's thoughts on the draft statement. She noted that her government was in the process of preparing alternative language and though not able to share it with the U.S. at that time, would do so as soon as it was fully vetted through her government. 2. (C) On January 17, Smith and Kroll provided poloff the following suggested amendments to the ARF Chairman's statement: quote: Proposed Amendments by Canada para 1. (no change) The ASEAN Regional Forum, the only regional political and security forum in the Asia-Pacific, remains deeply concerned over the negative impact on the situation on the Korean Peninsula of recent actions by the DPRK with respect to its nuclear program which negatively affect pace, stability and security in the region and the integrity of the international non-proliferation regime. Further development of this program could also undermine the confidence and security-building measures being undertaken by the ARF. para 2. ARF participating states are seriously concerned by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's non-compliance with international non-proliferation norms, and in particular its announcement of its withdrawal from the Non-Proliferation Treaty and to terminate its safeguards cooperation with the IAEA. (Our preferred option is to delete para 3. Otherwise , we would redraft as follows) para 3. The ARF takes note of the 1994 Framework Agreement between the DPRK and the USA, which recognizes the obligation to observe international non-proliferation commitments. para 4. All ARF participating states support a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. Adherence to norms of international non-proliferation and the exercise of self-restraint by all parties at his juncture are critical to the maintenance of peace and security on the Korean peninsula. para 5. The ARF believes that there is a basis for a diplomatic resolution which could contribute to the reduction of tensions on the Korean peninsula and to the settlement of the fundamental issues. We welcome recent proposals which have been forthcoming in this regard and encourage the DPRK to respond positively. para 6. In this light, the ARF call on the DPRK to resume its cooperation with the IAEA and to reverse its decision to withdraw from the NPT. At the same time, it urges all parties concerned to engage in dialogue and consultation to address and settle the concerns of all in order to bring about a peaceful, secure and nuclear-free Korean peninsula. end quote 3. (C) After presenting Canadian's suggested changes, Kroll said his government believes the ARF Chairman would be more likely to acccept suggested edits to his original proposed statement rather than a complete redraft such as the U.S. proposal (reftel). He stressed, however, that the ARF Chairman be made to understand the importance of consistent messaging on this sensitive issue and that it is critical that ARF members not break ranks or issue inconsistent signals that the DPRK could exploit. He added that Canada is not, repeat not, in favor of any language that would frame the current developments on the Korean peninsula as a bi-lateral problem. Both Kroll and Smith stressed that regardless of the eventual language used, the ASEAN member states must reach consensus, and if that takes time -- so be it. KELLY
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