On the afternoon of May 15, 2004, the First Meeting of the Working Group for the Six-Party Talks was concluded. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo met in Daiyutai State Guest House with heads of the six working groups for the first meeting. Some diplomatic envoys from countries involved also attended the meeting.
Dai Bingguo indicated that the Meeting of the Working Group is an important step to deepen the process of six-party talks. During this meeting, the parties have conducted candid and in-depth discussions on the basis of the second round of talks and explored new approaches to solve relevant issues. Consensus and progress have been achieved and mutual trust has been enhanced, which has laid a foundation for more in-depth talks in the future.
Dai said there is undoubtedly still a long way to go before the nuclear issue is fully resolved. Nevertheless, the parties can expand consensus continuously and promote the peace-talk process as long as they continue to maintain sufficient sincerity, patience and confidence and try to enhance trust and eliminate skepticism.Heads of the working groups thanked China for its efforts in making this meeting possible, saying that the meeting is very conducive and they would like to keep on making active preparations for the Third Round of Six-Party Talks.