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05BANGKOK6727 THAI EXPECTED TO INVITE FORMER PRESIDENTS TO TSUNAMI COMMEMORATION

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“43630″,”10/26/2005 6:55″,”05BANGKOK6727″,

“Embassy Bangkok”,”UNCLASSIFIED”,””,

“This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”UNCLAS BANGKOK 006727

 

SIPDIS

 

INFO ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS

AMEMBASSY COLOMBO

HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: OVIP, CASC, PREL, EAID, TH, Tsunami

SUBJECT: THAI EXPECTED TO INVITE FORMER PRESIDENTS TO

TSUNAMI COMMEMORATION

 

SIPDIS

 

1. This is an action request. Please see paragraph 3.

 

2. The Thai government is planning a large commemoration

ceremony on December 26 in memory of those who died in the

2004 tsunami. Post\’s consular section is already working

with the families of victims and Americans who were affected

by the disaster who wish to participate in the event.

Because relatively few Americans were in the tsunami zone, we

expect at most a few dozen of these American participants.

 

3. Post has been told informally by the Thai that they expect

to invite former presidents Bush and Clinton, whose work to

promote tsunami relief was so warmly appreciated by the Thai

people and government. Former Secretary Powell might also be

included in the invitation, although this is less clear.

The ceremony will be held in Phuket, the area most severely

affected by the disaster, with smaller commemorations held at

different locations around the island. Prime Minister

Thaksin will preside over the main commemoration ceremony.

We fear that the RTG will not produce a formal invitation for

the former presidents until very late. Logistical

arrangements for flights and acceptable hotels will be

difficult, as both are scarce. Other embassies, which are

anticipating the arrival of hundreds of their citizens, are

already booking rooms. If either VIP does attend, post will

need to start soonest to ensure transportation and

accomodation. ACTION REQUEST: Therefore, we request

Department check informally to determine whether either of

the former presidents would accept an invitation to attend

the ceremony. Participants would need to arrive in Bangkok

no later than 12/24 and plan to fly into Phuket no later than

12/25 to be in place for the ceremony on the morning of

12/26. We also request a rough head-count of travelers who

would accompany, including any representatives from the

Department. End Action Request.

 

KEUR

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July 7, 2011 at 6:08 am

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