Usfk Sofa Agreement

APEC Senior Officials` Meeting (SOM) takes place At this year`s meeting, the two sides pledged to further strengthen and deepen their partnership to achieve the common goal of maintaining a stable deployment environment for U.S. forces and improving public safety and the well-being of the Korean people. Both parties decided to return the following facilities and areas: Pilsung Air Range (partially), Taebaek; Camp Walker (partially), Daegu; Commander Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) Detachment, Pohang; Camp Mobile (partly), 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 (plots 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 bases currently used by USFK and 3) possible modifications proposed by THE ROK to the sofa documents. Next three. The two representatives commended the close partnership and efforts of the two Chairpersons of the Subcommittee on Agencies and Territories, which had successfully led to the most recent results. The two parties also agreed that the Subcommission on the Environment would continue discussions with a view to developing (1) criteria for the management of contamination; (2) establish procedures for common contamination testing; and (3) review and possibly improve notification procedures and joint investigation procedures. The Joint Committee considered that the cooperation between the USFK and the ROK with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic was exemplary. The high level of coordination and communication has strengthened trust between the two sides and has also helped to broaden the scope of the Strategic Alliance. In addition, the two sides pledged to continue bilateral cooperation and talks on the security of US and Korean citizens, while countering the need for the USFK and ROK armed forces, to maintain a high level of availability necessary to immediately successfully defend the ROK. The 201st ROK-US Joint Committee of the Status of Forces Agreement The Joint Committee is committed to maintaining a close partnership and transparency in managing the difficult issues related to SOFA, with mutual trust, respect and close cooperation, in order to further strengthen the ROK-US alliance. The next meeting of the Joint Committee is expected to be held at a favourable time for both parties in 2021.

The Joint Committee took note of the extensive consultations on the conditions for the return of the warehouses and on obtaining a mutually acceptable solution for the elimination of contamination of these stocks. . . .