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06BANGKOK1204 FTA ON HOLD AS THAI PM ANNOUNCES SNAP ELECTION

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“54577”,”2/28/2006 8:35″,”06BANGKOK1204″,”Embassy Bangkok”,

 

“UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY”,””,

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

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

280835Z Feb 06

“,”UNCLAS BANGKOK 001204

 

SIPDIS

 

SENSITIVE

 

DEPARTMENT PASS FOR USTR FOR BWEISEL

COMMERCE FOR JBENDER AND JKELLY

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ETRD, EINV, TH

SUBJECT: FTA ON HOLD AS THAI PM ANNOUNCES SNAP ELECTION

 

1. (SBU) On February 27, Commerce Permanent Secretary and

Chief FTA Negotiator Karun Kittisataporn informed us that, in

view of the Prime Minister\’s February 24 announcement of the

dissolution of Parliament and a snap election on April 2, the

RTG would not be able to conduct most FTA-related work since

it is in \”caretaker\” status. Karun said that, after

consulting with Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister

Somkid, he was authorized to inform the USG that all

substantive work on the FTA would be halted until a new

government was formed and set out a position on the FTA. The

only exceptions, he said, would be responding to US inquiries

that amount to technical points of clarification, and FTA

work \”that is already in the mail\”, i.e., that cannot be

stopped. (Comment: Our understanding of Karun\’s policy

would preclude continuing practically any and all

intersessional work in any of the negotiating areas. End

Comment)

 

2. (SBU) Karun said that he hoped to be able to have the

authority to resume FTA talks with the US by June, but

cautioned that this was a best-case scenario conditioned on

many assumptions. He added that, elections aside, Thailand\’s

current political crisis and the growing controversy

surrounding the FTA argued for a hiatus. \”We need time to

calm things down,\” he said. The Thai Government, he said,

would inform the media that after considering the current

legal and scheduling constraints, it had been decided to have

a hiatus in negotiations, and that Thailand and the US will

consider re-starting talks later in the year. He asked that

the US avoid making any public statements that differed

markedly from this line.

 

3. (SBU) Comment: Thai media on February 28 reported the

postponement of FTA talks, quoting Karun along the lines

cited in para 2. Karun\’s remarks have the advantage of being

non-controversial and removing the FTA from the political

line of fire, while preserving the option of reviving talks

in the future. We would endorse something similar for use by

US officials on an \”if asked\” basis.

BOYCE

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July 10, 2011 at 4:11 am

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