Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: Morning Hotel TransitChristopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian Affairs
August 1, 2005
QUESTION: … draft…?
A/S HILL: Well, overnight there was a second draft produced. The Chinese hosts put together a second draft and so this morning the drafting committees will again look at this new draft. My delegation did some discussions, internal discussions about it, looking at it, seeing what points we’re more pleased with, what points we are still concerned about and so we will begin the drafting process again. I saw something where it said this will all be over today. I don’t really think there is any reason to say that at this point. There is still a lot of language in the draft in which the various delegations have some differences. So we will have to see. You know, I think the process is going forward rather well. So we will see.
QUESTION: What is the main problem?
A/S HILL: Again, I don’t want to get into specifics. Everything is a problem until everything is solved, okay, and nothing is solved until everything is solved. We have to go through and see where we are. It is a very tough process. If you have ever sat in a drafting committee, it is one of the most frustrating things you can imagine because you have six sides to it and every one has different ideas about how every paragraph ought to be worded. So it takes a lot of time and patience.
QUESTION: What is your schedule today?
A/S HILL: Schedule is to – we are going to have some meetings at the embassy. I think we are meeting some of the other delegations bilaterally. I think this morning we will meet with the ROK delegation to discuss the way forward. We met with the Japanese delegation last night. And, then, we will just take it from there and see where we go. Thank you very much.
QUESTION: Does the second draft reflect your ideas, modifications or points?A/S HILL: I think the second draft reflected all side’s modifications. That is, in the first session all sides sat together and went through the first draft. And then it’s the host’s job – and by the way it is a very tough job – to take these comments from all sides and try to reflect those in a second draft. So obviously, our thoughts a
Released on August 3, 2005