SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- The head of the United Nations Command (UNC) said Wednesday his troops will continue tripartite dialogue with South and North Korea on their agreement to turn the truce village of Panmunjom into a weapon-free zone, a highly symbolic measure to reduce tensions along the border.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, who also commands the U.S. Forces Korea, said the inaugural session of the three-way council a day earlier was encouraging.

"I am encouraged by this productive, trilateral dialogue," he said in a statement.

Colonel-level officers from the UNC and the two Koreas met at Panmunjom to discuss the implementation of the Comprehensive Military Agreement (CMA) between the two Koreas signed during their recent summit.

They focused on details of an accord to disarm the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) bisecting the peninsula.

The three sides agreed to continue consultations in the near future, the UNC said.

Topics for future meetings will likely include specific ways to remove guard posts, reduce the number of security personnel and adjust surveillance equipment in the area, it added.

The UNC oversees the implementation of the Armistice Agreement, which effectively ended the 1950-53 Korean War, as the two Koreas have yet to sign a formal peace treaty.

Source: Yonhap News Agency