New York

14 August 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Kaesong Industrial Complex

The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement between the two Koreas on the re-opening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. He is encouraged by this positive development.

The Secretary-General has stated that the Complex is a successful example of the cooperation which has served as a bridge between the two Koreas. He hopes that its operation will be normalized as quickly as possible and that it faces no further interruptions to its work in the future. The Secretary-General also hopes that the continuous operation of the complex will serve as a catalyst for other constructive steps, thus building mutual trust and promoting inter-Korean relations.

The Secretary-General reiterates the paramount importance of inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. As Secretary-General, he will do his best towards this end.