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08BANGKOK2303 PREAH VIHEAR: THAI MFA BRIEFS ON TALKS WITH CAMBODIA

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TAGS: PREL, PGOV, MOPS, ASEC, CASC, UNESCO, SCUL, PBTS,

UNSC, TH, CB

SUBJECT: PREAH VIHEAR: THAI MFA BRIEFS ON TALKS WITH

CAMBODIA

 

REF: BANGKOK 2294 (MFA ON JULY 28 TALKS)

 

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Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission James F. Entwistle, reason 1.4 (

b) and (d).

 

1. (SBU) Summary: In a July 30 briefing, a Thai senior MFA

official discussed with a select group of diplomats the

Thai-Cambodian dialogue on the Preah Vihear temple. (DCM and

Poloff attended.) The Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand was

present and, in a show of harmony, echoed many of the Thai

points. The two countries\’ Foreign Ministers may meet again

as soon as August 7 to continue to work toward a peaceful

settlement, although the Thai side will require a substantial

time to obtain legislative approval for any agreement with

Cambodia on this matter. End Summary.

 

2. (SBU) On July 30, Virachai Plasai, Legal Advisor to the

Office of the Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary, briefed

Chiefs of Mission from UNSC and ASEAN countries on the July

28 Thai-Cambodian talks on Preah Vihear. Virachai stuck

closely to the operative language in the text of the MFA\’s

public statement (\”story\”) provided in reftel. In a show of

harmony, Virachai welcomed the presence of the Cambodian

Ambassador to Thailand, who then repeated the operative

language of the text as he explained his government\’s

position.

 

3. (SBU) In his briefing and the ensuing discussion, Virachai

added the following clarifications:

 

– Thai military commanders had provided assurances that they

could restrain the troops in the border area and would

prevent any \”individual acts\” that could lead to an

\”undesirable incident.\”

 

– The redeployment of troops away from the vicinity of the

temple would be directed by the governments of both sides,

not necessarily in a coordinated fashion; the modalities of

troop withdrawal remained to be determined. The Thai Army

Commander would redeploy his troops when ordered to do so by

civilian authorities.

 

– Unresolved issues of top priority included the disposition

of Cambodians in the vicinity of the temple, as well as their

homes and market.

 

– The Thais would require substantial time to conclude an

agreement with Cambodia, as any agreement on this matter

appears to require legislative approval, under the provisions

of Article 190 of the Thai Constitution.

 

– The two sides\’ Foreign Ministers would meet again as soon

as possible, hopefully after a delay measured in weeks rather

than months. The Cambodian Ambassador interjected that the

Royal Government of Cambodia had suggested a meeting on

August 1 or August 7, but the RTG was unable to accept those

dates. Virachai responded that the Thai side did not rule

out August 7, but the newly-appointed Thai Foreign Minister

faced substantial demands on his time relating to his

assumption of his office.

 

– The relevant formula for meetings between the Foreign

Ministers entails the two sides \”agreeing to recommend\”

certain actions to their respective governments. The Thai

MFA had on July 29 forwarded to the Thai cabinet

recommendations that emerged from the July 28 talks, as

specified in the text reported in reftel.

 

– The \”Temporary Coordinating Task Force\” specified in the

text reported in reftel would consist of \”all concerned

agencies.\”

 

4. (C) Comment: There is clearly more work to be done to

resolve the issues surrounding the Preah Vihear temple, and

the Thai side appears to be significantly constrained by

constitutional provisions requiring parliamentary approval of

 

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\”treaties.\” It appears, however, that the Thais are

committed to resolving the matter peacefully, and they have a

vision for how to proceed in their bilateral talks with

Cambodia.

JOHN

Written by thaicables

July 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

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