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05BANGKOK5366 THAI MFA EMBRACES CONCEPT OF STRATEGIC DIALOGUE TO BE CALLED “THAI-U.S. DIALOGUE”

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“38843”,”8/19/2005 10:15″,”05BANGKOK5366″,

“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,””,

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

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BANGKOK 005366

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP, EAP/MLS, EAP/RSP

DEFENSE FOR OSD/ISA (POWERS)

NSC FOR MORROW

PACOM FOR FPA HUSO

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/18/2015

TAGS: PGOV, MARR, MASS, TH

SUBJECT: THAI MFA EMBRACES CONCEPT OF STRATEGIC DIALOGUE TO

BE CALLED \”THAI-U.S. DIALOGUE\”

 

REF: LAMBERT-HIGGINS EMAILS

 

Classified By: Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce, Reason 1.4 (a and d)

 

1. (C) Summary. The Thai MFA embraces the concept of a

U.S.-Thai Strategic Dialogue — seeing it as a way to

strengthen the bilateral relationship in accord with PM

Thaksin\’s call for an \”Action Plan\” with the United States.

MFA proposes hosting a two day session to take place in early

November. The Thai agree U.S. participants should include

representatives from the Department, OSD, NSC, JCS and PACOM

and envision the Thai side will be led by MFA and include

officials from MOD, NSC, the National Intelligence Agency,

Royal Thai Supreme Command and the military services. The

Thai are comfortable with agenda topics suggested by

Washington and may add a few items of their own, possibly to

include exploring holding separate discussions on Global

Issues. MFA is also interested in working with us to develop

a common media plan. End Summary.

 

ON BOARD WITH THE DIALOGUE

 

2. (C) On August 19, PolCouns met with MFA XXXXXX, XXXX

XXXX, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and their staff to

discuss Washington\’s proposal to hold bilateral strategic

talks. XXXXXX said that the MFA embraces the concept of

the talks as a practical way to enhance the relationship.

She pointed to perennial problems the Thai bureaucracy has

with stove piping and suggested that one benefit of the

Dialogue would be bringing all of the Thai agencies with a

stake in strategic issues together to share opinions and

develop a common strategy with the United States. XXXXXX

said that two days after the Prime Minister\’s recent meeting

in Phuket with the Secretary, he had gone on national radio

to discuss his goal of implementing an \”Action Plan\” with the

United States. This Dialogue, she suggested, would be the

cornerstone of an Action Plan aimed at enhancing the

relationship. She agreed that we should strive to make the

Dialogue informal to foster discussion and to develop

relationships among the participants.

 

TIMING

 

3. (C) As expected, XXXXX said that the Thai military

would not be able to attend a Dialogue meeting in early

October — dates originally proposed by Washington — due to

the annual military reshuffle underway. She suggested that

early November, well before APEC, would be better and

promised to provide a counterproposal soon.

 

A NEW NAME — THAI-U.S. DIALOGUE

 

4. (C) XXXXX noted that the word \”strategic\” might have

unwanted connotations within the Thai media and wondered

whether the \”Thai-U.S. Dialogue\” might be a name less likely

to foster misunderstanding. PolCouns said that our side

would try to be flexible in choosing a name and promised to

seek guidance from Washington.

 

AGENDA — LOOKS OK BUT LET\’S BE FLEXIBLE

 

5. (C) PolOff also shared with XXXXXX some possible

agenda topics ranging from \”Regional Security Issues and the

growing role of neighboring countries\” and \”Sharing ideas on

how to make ASEAN more effective\” to \”the Future of Cobra

Gold — building on our success\” and \”Working together to

improve PKO training.\” XXXXXX said that these topics

seemed ripe for discussion. She asked whether the U.S. would

support our jointly developing an agenda for public

consumption in which topics like Burma could be disguised

under the general heading of \”Regional Issues\” and a more

detailed confidential agenda where we could spell out agenda

items in detail.

 

6. (C) XXXXXXX added that the RTG would likely have

additional agenda topics to add. One topic she supported

would be a discussion to explore arranging a future meeting

on Global Affairs, perhaps to include the participation of

U/S Dobriansky and her staff and counterparts from selected

ASEAN member countries, to discuss topics such as Avian Flu,

HIV/AIDS, deforestation, trafficking in persons, CITES,

Global Climate Change, etc. Such a meeting could further

enhance our bilateral cooperation and could be another

feature of Thaksin\’s \”Action Plan\” to enhance the bilateral

relationship.

 

PARTICIPATION

 

7. (C) XXXX was pleased that the U.S. delegation would

be led by the DAS responsible for SE Asian affairs and could

include participation by OSD, NSC, JCS, the Embassy and

PACOM. She said that the Thai side would probably be led by

the MFA and include representatives from MOD, NSC, National

Intelligence Agency, Royal Thai Supreme Command and the

military services. She hoped that the head of delegation

would be MFA PermSec, Krit Garnjana-Goonchorn — but noted

that his participation was not yet confirmed.

 

MEDIA APPROACH

 

8. (C) XXXXXX agreed that certain fringes of the Thai

media might misinterpret the Dialogue, and seemed open to the

idea of developing jointly a media plan that could include

press backgrounders by MFA and the Embassy that could be

disseminated to Thai journalists.

BOYCE

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July 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

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