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March 08, 1977

TELEGRAM FROM THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN

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    Telegram from the ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs on the issue of North Korea and the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement in New Delhi from April 6 through 11, 1977.
    "Telegram from the Minister of Foreign," March 08, 1977, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Roll 2007-25, File 7, Frame 73-77, South Korean Foreign Ministry Archive. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118383
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Sending telegram

File No. :                          Date :                      

To     :  Refer to recipient below (Not indicated)    (copy) :  Minister of Foreign Affairs  

From   :  Minister of Foreign Affairs                               

1. Regarding the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement, which will be held in New Delhi from April 6 through 11, the following are recent trends in the actions of the North Korean puppets as of March 8:

a. The North Korean puppets sent a letter of appeal to the Yugoslavian government to "appeal to friendly countries and progressive forces". (information from the Foreign Ministry of France)

b. The North Korean puppets attended as an observer for the first time the Ambassador-Level Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement in New York during the 31st Session of the U.N. General Assembly, which was held to review the first draft of the activity report of the Non-Aligned Movement. (report by our mission to the U.N.)

c. The North Korean puppets recently solicited India’s help in submitting its own resolution regarding the Korean question. In response, India proposed that the North Korean puppets refrain from the submittal of its independent resolution, citing the fact that twenty five countries at the 5th Conference of Heads of State or Government in Colombo expressed reservations about it and that in addition, six of them (India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Peru, Liberia, and Zaire) are included in the Coordinating Bureau composed of twenty five countries. India reasoned that if these six countries opposed the independent resolution of the North Korean puppets, it would prevent the conference from running smoothly (information from the Foreign Ministry of Malaysia)

d. According to the Indian Foreign Ministry, the North Korean puppets has never proposed any resolution regarding the Korean matter to the Indian government. Even if the North Korean puppets did propose any resolution, it certainly would not, the Indian Foreign Ministry suppose, be discussed during the Ministerial Meeting because the North Korean puppets are not a member of the Coordinating Bureau (report by our ambassador to India)

e. Basically, India, host of the meeting, does not want the Korea issues to be discussed in the meeting; nevertheless, if some countries brought up them, they, India assume, would be inevitably debated in the meeting. However, India intends to avoid any biased words in the documents if any kinds of documents on the Korean matter should be adopted after the meeting. (report by our Ambassador to the India)  

2. Judging from the information and report mentioned above, the North Korean puppets seems to propose or mention the issues related to Korea at the New Delhi meeting in any ways while attending the meeting as an observer.

3. Considering the following and the talking paper sent previously, you are required to ask for the cooperation of your host country so that the Korean question should not be mentioned at the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement held in New Delhi, and to report the outcomes. The list of representatives of your host country for the meeting is also required.

a. Twenty five countries objected to North Korea's stance in the 5th Conference of Heads of State or Government in Colombo because they think that the Korean issue should be addressed at the inter-Korean talks, between the parties directly concerned, rather than in the conference. (You are recommended to remind the 25 countries about the 5th Conference of Heads of State or Government in Colombo.)

b. The Korean issues were not dealt at the 31st Session of the U.N. General Assembly because the communist parties withdrew the agenda voluntarily. It is because most of the U.N. members do not want the issues discussed at any international meetings including the U.N., but they want the direct parties, the two Koreas, to peacefully resolve the issues through talks among themselves.

c. In the light of the basic principles of the Non-Aligned Movement, the Korean issues are not eligible for any meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, but for the direct inter-talks between those parties concerned.

d. Incidentally, no resolution on any issues has ever been adopted in the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement so far. (United Nations Division)

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