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Six-Party Talks to continue today
By Hu Xiao and Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-05 05:50

With negotiators still unable to agree on the text of their first joint statement, the Six-Party Talks will stretch into their 11th day today, spokesman for the Chinese delegation Qin Gang said yesterday.

Qin Gang, spokesman for the Chinese delegation to the six-party talks speaks to the reporters August 4, 2005. [newsphoto]
"Success is not dependent on the adoption of a joint document," said Qin, adding that the long running negotiations themselves mark progress, with all parties inching ahead toward the denuclearization goal.

He did not disclose details of the reported fourth draft of the joint document proposed by China, which all parties have been discussing since last Saturday.

Acknowledging the existence of different opinions among the six delegations, Qin emphasized that all the negotiators were endeavouring to narrow the differences.

"We've been able to deepen mutual understanding in the talks and there has been no breakdown," he said.

He said he did not know how long the talks would last but indicated they are approaching their final stages.

Russia's chief delegate Alexander Alexeyev, who left Beijing for home last weekend but returned to the Chinese capital yesterday for the talks, said he expected the discussions to continue "about one or two more days," the ITAR-Tass News Agency reported.
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