Status Of Forces Agreement Korea

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At this year`s meeting, the two sides pledged to strengthen and deepen their partnership as part of the common goal of maintaining a stable deployment environment for the U.S. armed forces and improving public safety and the well-being of the Korean people. In addition, both sides pledged to continue bilateral cooperation and security talks for both U.S. citizens and Korean citizens, while meeting the need for USFK and ROC forces to maintain the high level of readiness necessary to successfully defend the Republic of Korea at any time. Both parties decided to return the facilities and the following areas: Pilsung Air range (partial), Taebaek; Camp Walker (partially), Daegu; Commander Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) Detachment, Pohang; Camp Mobile (partially), Dongducheon; Camp Jackson, Uijeongbu; Sungnam Golf, Hanam; Far East District (FED) Compound, Seoul; Seobinggo Compound, Seoul; Niblo Barracks, Seoul; 8th Army (Religious) Retreat Center (RRC), Seoul; Camp Kim, Seoul; and Yongsan Garrison (Parcels A-1 and A-2), Seoul, while the two sides continue discussions on 1) responsibility for remediation, 2) ways to improve the environmental management of the bases currently used by USFK, and 3) possible changes proposed by the ROK to SOFA-related documents. The two representatives welcomed the close partnership and the efforts of the two sub-committee chairs, institutions and territories, which led to the recent returnees. The Joint Committee found that the cooperation between USFK and the ROC with regard to the COVID 19 pandemic was exemplary. The high level of coordination and communication has strengthened trust between the two and has also helped to broaden the scope of the Strategic Alliance. Both parties also decided that the Subcommittee on the Environment would continue work to develop 1) contamination management criteria; 2) establish procedures for joint contamination investigations; 3) review and possibly improve notification procedures and joint investigation procedures.

The next 3rd political consultation of UNHCR Korea will take place at APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) The Joint Committee is committed to pursuing close partnership and transparency in addressing difficult SOFA issues, with confidence, respect and collaboration, in order to further strengthen the ROK-US Alliance. The next meeting of the Joint Committee is expected to take place in 2021, at a favourable time for both parties. The Joint Committee noted extensive consultations on the conditions for the return of the camps and on obtaining a mutually acceptable solution for the resolution of the contamination. The parties agree that further delays will exacerbate the economic and social challenges faced by local communities in the camps and that the return process should be accelerated. Representatives of the Republic of Korea and the United States of America practically held the meeting of the Joint Committee on the Status of the Armed Forces (SOFA) on 11 December 2020. The ROK delegation was led by Director General Ko, Yunju, of the Office of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the ROK. The U.S. delegation was led by Lieutenant-General Scott L. Pleus, Deputy Commander of the United States Forces of Korea.

The 201st JOINT ROK-US Committee of the Status of Forces Agreement.

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