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UPDATED: 08:22, November 11, 2005
US chief delegate expects concrete progress in next phase of six-party talks
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The current phase of six-party talks has not touched upon the implementation plan and the six parties are expected to reconvene for concrete progress, US chief delegate Christopher Hill said Thursday evening.

Hill described the Thursday chief-delegate meeting, second day of the first session of the fifth round of six-party talks, as a "fairly business meeting".

"We don't have implementation plan yet. however, 72 hours are too soon and too short that we only have discussion and agreement on principles." said Hill.

The Japanese delegation proposed to establish two working groups covering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear dismantlement and inspection, and economic and energy aid to the DPRK,

"we are not preparing for the discussion of how to organize working groups. After this session we will be in touch with each other. The good news is everyone is committed to the process." Hill noted.

The host Chinese delegation is expected to issue a chairman's statement Friday based on summarization of some of the ideas and flat discussions, Hill told reporters.

"We are not prepared to reconvene again and again, what we really interested in is to make progress." Hill reiterated the US expectation to make "concrete step for implementation" in the second phase of the fifth-round talks.

The six-party talks involve China, the DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan.

China has hosted four rounds of the six-party talks since August 2003. The second phase of the fifth round of talks is expected to start by the end of December.

Source: Xinhua

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