2022 Joint Statement by Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission Member States
Bern, 12.05.2022 - Representatives of Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, Member States of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) in Korea, met in Stockholm on 12-13, 2022 for their annual consultations. Discussions focused on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and its impact on the activities of the NNSC. The representatives also evaluated the operational tasks of the NNSC and reaffirmed their long-term commitment to contribute to a permanent peace solution on the Korean Peninsula. In addition, the NNSC Member States exchanged views with representatives of several Stockholm-based institutions over the situation on the Korean Peninsula and on the work of NNSC.
The NNSC was established 69 years ago through the Armistice Agreement of 27 July 1953, which is still the only legal instrument for the avoidance of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula. The role of the NNSC remains important in maintaining the military armistice as well as in promoting transparency and in building confidence on both sides of the military demarcation line.
A special focus was laid during the discussions on the developments on the Korean Peninsula. The period since the last consultations, held in 2021, was marked by an increasingly difficult situation, also in terms of dialogue and exchanges. This was in part due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Global geopolitical developments are contributing to further tensions in the region. NNSC Member States underscored the need for all parties to continue to abstain from actions that risk further increasing tensions in the region and to undertake concrete measures to build confidence and trust on the Peninsula.
NNSC Member States expressed their continued support for all efforts aimed at achieving a negotiated and sustainable solution on the Peninsula that addresses concerns of all actors. They discussed the perspectives for the reinstating of a dialogue or other initiatives for dialogue among the involved parties. Discussions also touched upon the possible roles of the NNSC, such as promoting transparency and confidence building. NNSC Member States also reaffirmed that denuclearization must be achieved and reiterated that the only way to bring about lasting stability in the region is by establishing a permanent peace arrangement on the Peninsula.
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