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08BANGKOK2359 AMBASSADOR DISCUSSES LAO HMONG, BURMA, SOUTH, AND PREAH VIHEAR WITH NSC SECGEN

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/05/2018

TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PINS, PREF, SCUL, UNESCO, UNGA, BM, TH, CB

SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR DISCUSSES LAO HMONG, BURMA, SOUTH, AND

PREAH VIHEAR WITH NSC SECGEN

 

REF: A. BANGKOK 2294 (MFA ON TEMPLE TALKS)

B. STATE 79734 (PROTECTING LAO HMONG)

 

Classified By: Ambassador Eric G. John, reason: 1.4 (b) and (d).

 

SUMMARY

——-

 

1. (C) The Ambassador paid an introductory call on National

Security Council Secretary General Surapol Puanaiyaka on

August 4, in advance of Surapol\’s participation in the

upcoming POTUS visit. Surapol appeared receptive to points

the Ambassador made on Lao Hmong migrants, Burmese refugees,

Preah Vihear temple, and southern Thailand. End Summary.

 

REFUGEES

——–

 

2. (C) The Ambassador on August 4 paid a courtesy call on

National Security Council Secretary General Surapol

Puanaiyaka during which he addressed the importance of

Thailand\’s continued assistance to refugees. Drawing on ref

B points, the Ambassador emphasized that the RTG needs an

improved screening process for Hmong migrants — in

particular, a transparent screening process that meets

international standards. The Ambassador stressed that this

issue is an important priority for the United States.

Surapol said he understood the priority that the United

States placed on the Hmong, and promised to work closely with

the Embassy.

 

3. (C) The Ambassador thanked Surapol for the RTG\’s historic

assistance for Burmese refugees in Thailand, and for RTG

assistance in facilitating FLOTUS access to Mae Sot during

the upcoming visit of President Bush. The Ambassador also

noted the important role Thailand could play in promoting

democratic reform in Burma.

 

PREAH VIHEAR

————

 

4. (C) Surapol confided that the divergent views on the

disposition of the Preah Vihear temple continued to

complicate RTG relations with Cambodia, and mentioned that it

would be discussed further when Parliament reconvened on

August 6. He said that tensions decreased after the

Cambodian national elections, but he worried about the

\”psychological impact\” of a ceremony held by Prime Minister

Hun Sen\’s wife at the temple site on August 1. NSC Director

of Border and Defense Security Affairs Phonchat Bunnak, also

attending the meeting, stressed the sensitivity of the

prospective relocation of Cambodians living at the temple

site. The Ambassador reiterated that the USG viewed the

issue as a bilateral problem and supported the Thai position

that the issue did not warrant attention by the UN Security

Council.

 

SOUTHERN THAILAND

—————–

 

5. (C) The Ambassador inquired about Thailand\’s relations

with Malaysia. Surapol said that relations were strong, but

problems persisted in Thailand\’s southernmost provinces. The

Ambassador stressed that the U.S. viewed the conflict in

southern Thailand as an internal issue. Surapol thanked the

Ambassador, explaining that U.S. involvement in southern

matters could further complicate the situation.

 

COMMENT

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6. (C) Despite having been in his current position for nearly

three months, Surapol was not prepared for a substantive

discussion. He stressed to the Ambassador that he was still

familiarizing himself with various issues and asked for his

understanding. Surapol expressed his intention to travel to

Washington in 2009 to meet counterparts.

 

JOHN

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July 18, 2011 at 6:53 am

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