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At this year`s meeting, the two sides welcomed the strengthening and deepening of 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. 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. Prev APEC Senior Officials` Meeting (SOM) The Joint Committee took note of the extensive consultations on the conditions for the return of the camps and on the search for a mutually acceptable solution to eliminate the contamination of these camps. The parties agree that further delays exacerbate the economic and social challenges faced by local communities around the camps and that the repatriation process should be accelerated. The two representatives commended the close partnership and efforts of the two Chairpersons of the Subcommittee on Institutions and Territories, which had led to the most recent results. 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. Representatives of the Republic of Korea and the United States of America held the meeting of the 201st Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) virtually on 11 December 2020. The ROK delegation was led by Director General Ko, Yunju, of the Office of North American Affairs of the 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 Armed Forces of Korea. The next 3rd UNHCR Policy Consultation will take place The two sides also decided that the Environment Sub-Committee would continue discussions in order to develop 1) criteria for contamination management; (2) establish procedures for common contamination testing; and (3) review and possibly improve notification procedures and joint investigation procedures.

The 201st ROK-US Joint Committee of the Status of Forces Agreement The Joint Committee felt that the cooperation between USFK and ROK with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic was exemplary….

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