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89BANGKOK3838 HUN SEN’S VISIT

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O 261132Z JAN 89

FM AMEMBASSY BANGKOK

TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4059

INFO AMEMBASSY JAKARTA

AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR

AMEMBASSY MANILA

AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE

AMEMBASSY BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

AMEMBASSY BEIJING

AMEMBASSY CANBERRA

AMEMBASSY MOSCOW

AMEMBASSY PARIS

AMEMBASSY TOKYO

AMEMBASSY VIENTIANE

USMISSION USUN NEW YORK

USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI

DIA WASHINGTON DC//

SECDEF WASHDC

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 BANGKOK 03838

 

USCINCPAC ALSO FOR JOHN FINNEY

DOD ALSO FOR OSD/ISA

 

E.O. 12356: N/A

TAGS: PREL CB TH

SUBJECT: HUN SEN’S VISIT

 

¶1. SUMMARY: HUN SEN’S PRECEDENT SETTING VISIT TO

BANGKOK REVEALED NO NEW PRK FLEXIBILITY ON THE KEY

ASPECTS OF AN INTERNAL SETTLEMENT. HE REMAINS OPPOSED TO

AND INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING FORCE AND TO SIHANOUK’S

PROPOSALS. IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS WITH HIM, THE THAI

APPARENTLY FOCUSED ON THE EXTERNAL ASPECTS OF A

SETTLEMENT (AND BUISNESS DEALS) AFTER BEING REBUFFED WHEN

THEY RAISED THE INTERNAL ISSUES. THEY ARE REPORTEDLY

READY TO CARRY ON REGULAR CONSULTATIONS WITH HUN SEN AND

TO HOST FOUR PARTY KHMER TALKS AFTER JIM 2. END SUMMARY

 

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ARRIVAL

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¶2. PRK PRIME MINISTER HUN SEN ARRIVED HERE YESTERDAY

MORNING ON A SPECIAL THAI AIR FORCE FLIGHT FROM

VIENTIANE. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A 22-MEMBER ENTOURAGE

INCLUDING: HIS WIFE; GENERAL TIE BANH, VICE CHAIRMAN OF

THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS AND DEFENSE MINISTER; KONG

SAM-OL, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS; DIT

MUNTI, FIRST DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS; CHAM

PRASIT, DEPUTY MINISTER ATTACHED TO THE COUNCIL OF

MINISTERS; AND LONG KEM, PRK AMBASSADOR TO LAOS.

 

¶3. HUN SEN WAS ESCORTED ON THE FLIGHT FROM VIENTIANE BY

TWO OF PRIME MINISTER CHATCHAI’S ADVISERS — M.R.

SUKHUMPHAN BORIPHAT AND DR. SURAKIAT SATHIRATHAI. ON

ARRIVAL HE WAS GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY PM’S OFFICE

MINISTER ANUWAT WATTANAPONGSIRI. THE PM’S SON, KRAISAK,

AND THE HEAD OF HIS PRIVATE ADVISORY GROUP, PHANSAK

WINYARAT WERE ON HAND TO GREET HIM ON ARRIVAL AT THE

HYATT CENTRAL PLAZA HOTEL.

 

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PRESS CONFERENCE

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¶4. AFTER LUNCH, HUN SEN GAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT WHICH

HE ACCUSED THE THREE RESISTANCE FACTIONS OF BEING

INFLEXIBLE AND REITERATED HIS DETERMINATION TO PREVENT

POL POT FROM COMMING BACK. HE ALSO CONDITIONED HIS

SUPPORT FOR A SEPTEMBER WITHDRAWAL OF THE VIETNAMESE

FORCES ON A “POLITICAL SOLUTION” BEING “ATTAINED,”

INCLUDING CESSATION OF INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE

THREE KHMER RESISTANCE GROUPS. HE DID, HOWEVER, OFFER

THAT THE PRK WOULD BE SUBJECT TO AN INTERNATIONAL

ASSISTANCE CUT OFF AT THE SAME TIME AS THE OTHER FACTIONS.

 

¶5. HUN SEN ENDORSED AN INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION

TO VERIFY THE VIETNAMESE WITHDRAWAL, TO OVERSEE THE

CESSATION OF AID AND TO “MONITOR” THE GENERAL ELECTION.

HOWEVER, HE REJECTED AN INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING FORCE

ARGUING THAT “WE PEOPLE CAN PROTECT OUR OWN PEACE IF THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY STOPS SUPPORTING POL POT. IF

FOREIGN COUNTRIES STOP SUPPORTING POL POT, I CAN

GUARANTEE HE CAN NOT RETURN TO POWER IN KAMPUCHEA.”

 

¶6. HUN SEN ALSO SAID THAT THE PRK HAD ALREADY RELEASED,

FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS, MORE THAN 200 THAI CAPTURED IN

CAMBODIA AND THAT ANOTHER 300 WOULD SOON BE RELEASED.

MOST OF THESE PEOPLE WERE ALLEGEDLY FORTUNE-HUNTERS

DIGGING GEMSTONES IN WESTERN CAMBODIA.

 

¶7. ON REFUGEE ISSUES, HE SAID THAT HE HAD ALREADY SIGNED

AN AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED NATION HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR

REFUGEES ON “PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES” FOR REPATRIATING

REFUGEES. HE ANTICIPATED DISCUSSING THIS PROBLEM WITH

PM CHATCHAI. “WE ARE WILLING TO WELCOME REFUGEES WHO

WANT TO GO HOME, IF THAILAND COOPERATES AND AN AGREEMENT

IS REACHED.”

 

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MEETING AT PM’S RESIDENCE

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¶8. FOLLOWING THE PRESS CONFERENCE, HUN SEN PROCEEDED IN

THE LATE AFTERNOON TO THE PM’S RESIDENCE FOR TWO HOURS OF

TALKS. GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SUWIT YOTMANI SAID THAT THE

TALKS, WHICH WERE “FRANK AND FRIENDLY,” INCLUDED FM

SITTHI, RTA CINC GENERAL CHAWALIT AND PM’S SECRETARY

GENERAL PANYA SINGSAKDA. ALSO PARTICIPATING FROM THE MFA

WERE PERMSEC KASEM, POLITICO-MILITARY COORDINATOR LT GEN

CHARAN, POLITICAL DEPARTMENT DG THEP, AND AMBASSADOR AT

LARGE SARASIN. MILITARY REPRESENTATION INCLUDED RTA

DEPUTY CINC GENERAL WANCHAI, RTA CHIEF OF STAFF GENERAL

CHARUAY AND SUPREME COMMAND CHIEF OF STAFF GENERAL SUNTHON.

 

¶9. FM SITTHI REPORTEDLY LEFT THE MEETING ONE HOUR BEFORE

IT ADJOURNED, AND HE DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE

SUBSEQUENT DINNER CRUISE.

 

¶10. REPORTS OF WHAT TRANSPIRED IN THE MEETING ARE

SKETCHY, BUT ACCORDING TO “THE NATION,” THERE WERE SOME

TENSIONS WHEN THAI DELEGATES RAISED THE ISSUE OF THE

“MODALITY” OF CONSTITUTING A RECONCILIATION GOVERNMENT.

HUN SEN BRIDLED AT THIS, ARGUING IT SHOULD BE LEFT FOR

THE FOUR CAMBODIAN FACTIONS TO DISCUSS. CHATCHAI

REPORTEDLY DROPPED THE SUBJECT, AND THE TALKS CONTINUED

IN A MORE RELAXED ATMOSPHERE. FM SITTHI HAD SAID EARLIER

THAT THE THAI WOULD NOT “BARGAIN” WITH HUN SEN (OVER

INTERNAL ISSUES), BECAUSE “WE ARE NOT KHMERS.” IN THE

SAME VEIN, GENERAL CHAWALIT SAID THAT THAILAND WILL LEAVE

THE KHMER FACTIONS TO RESOLVE THEIR INTERNAL CONFLICT.

BUT HE ADDED THAT THAILAND HAD TO INVOLVE ITSELF IN THE

PEACE PROCESS WHICH MAY STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.

 

¶11. ONE SOURCE SITED IN “THE NATION” CLAIMED THAT BOTH

SIDES HAD AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO THE GRADUAL REDUCTION OF

EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE TO THE RIVAL KHMER FACTIONS WHILE THE

VIETNAMESE TROOPS ARE WITHDRAWN. BOTH PROCESSES WOULD BE

SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY AN INTERNATIONAL MECHANISM YET

TO BE ESTABLISHED. OTHER “NATION” SOURCES, HOWEVER, WERE

“MORE CAUTIOUS” AND SAID ONLY THAT HUN SEN HAD NOT

SOFTENED HIS POSITIONS.

 

¶12. HUN SEN REPORTEDLY PROPOSED REGULAR CONSULTATIONS

BETWEEN THE RTG AND PHNOM PENH. ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT

SPOKESMAN SUWIT, PM CHATCHAI AGREED TO THIS PROPOSAL.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID THAT PM CHATCHAI “WILL

TRY TO DO WHATEVER HE COULD” WITH REGARD TO HUN SEN’S

SUGGESTION THAT THAILAND HOST FOUR-PARTY KHMER PEACE

TALKS. HOWEVER, IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN UNTIL AFTER JIM 2 IN

JAKARTA IN FEBRUARY.

 

¶13. THAI ARMY TEVEVISION COVERAGE HAD HUN SEN SAYING

THAT HE WOULD NOT ACCEPT SIHANOUK’S PROPOSALS DEALING

WITH A JOINT ARMY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS. HE INSISTED

THAT THE PRK MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO UNTIL AN ELECTION IS

HELD TO DETERMINE WHO WOULD GOVERN THE COUNTRY.

 

¶14. ONE BANGKOK POST SOURCE SAID THAT HUN SEN REITERATED

MANY OF THE POINTS HE MADE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE, BUT

HE ALSO DISCUSSED THE OPENING OF TRADE LINKS WITH

THAILAND. HUN SEN SAID THE TWO COUNTRIES COULD DO

BUSINESS IN FISHING, LOGGING AND GEMS, RESOURCES WHICH

REMAIN PLENTIFUL IN THE WAR-TORN COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO

ONE ACCOUNT, KONG SAM-OL, HUN SEN’S VICE PRIME MINISTER,

WAS TO HOLD TALKS WITH SENIOR THAI OFFICALS ON WAYS TO

DEVELOP TRADE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.

 

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SOCIALIZING

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¶14. FOLLOWING THE MEETING, PM CHATCHAI AND KHUNYING

BOONRUEN HOSTED HUN SEN AND WIFE TO A DINNER CRUISE WHERE

TALKS CONTINUED UNDER TIGHT SECURITY FROM AN ARMADA OF

POLICE BOATS. MFA PERMSEC IS QUOTED AS SAYING THAT THE

INTERNAL ASPECTS OF A SETTLEMENT REMAINED UNRESOLVED. FM

SITTHI DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE SOCIAL EVENT AT ALL.

 

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OPEN ENDED

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¶15. PM CHATCHAI AND HUN SEN CONTINUED THEIR TALKS AT A

WORKING BREAKFAST TODAY AT HUN SEN’S HOTEL BEFORE

CHATCHAI DEPARTED FOR THE PHILIPPINES. ACCORDING TO ONE

REPORT, THE PM’S ADVISORS MAY HAVE PERSUADED HUN SEN TO

EXTEND HIS VISIT AN ADDITIONAL DAY AND TO LEAVE FOR PHNOM

PENH TOMORROW, AND ALL ACCOUNTS AGREE THAT HE COULD SO

EXTEND HIS VISIT IF HE WISHED.

 

 

O’DONOHUE

Written by thaicables

August 26, 2011 at 4:20 am

Posted in Cambodia, Unclassified

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