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05BANGKOK2067 THAILAND’S NEXT STEPS ON PROLIFERATION SECURITY INITIATIVE (PSI)

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This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS BANGKOK 002067

 

SIPDIS

 

SENSITIVE

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP, EAP/BCLTV, NP

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PREL MNUC PARM TH PSI

SUBJECT: THAILAND’S NEXT STEPS ON PROLIFERATION SECURITY

INITIATIVE (PSI)

 

REF: A. STATE 39747

 

¶B. BANGKOK 1772

¶C. BANGKOK 1886

¶D. STATE 48997

¶E. O/I E-MAIL MAR 21 FROM THAI DESK

 

¶1. (SBU) On March 22, Polcouns contacted Busaya Mathelin,

Deputy Director General (DDG), International Organizations

(IO) Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about the Thai

decision to recall two designated Thai participants before

they joined the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

Operational Experts Group (OEG) meeting in Omaha.

 

¶2. (SBU) DDG Busaya said that U.S. positions conveyed in two

demarches (reftels) left Thailand no choice in the end other

than to decline participation. She reviewed developments.

First, the U.S. invited Thailand to participate. Then the

U.S. asked Thailand to endorse the PSI Statement of

Principles (SOP) before Omaha as a condition for

participating. Finally the U.S. had asked the Thai

government for a statement to the OEG that the RTG had made a

decision to pursue formal endorsement but was still working

through the modalities, or to allow a U.S. statement to be

made on the RTG’s behalf. After careful consideration of

these various proposals, she said, the MFA had concluded that

the U.S. was requiring declarations that were “two or three

steps ahead” of Thailand’s current position given that

internal Thai coordination among 19 different agencies on PSI

is not finished.

 

¶3. (SBU) Busara said that, as had been repeatedly conveyed to

the U.S. side, MFA officials at senior levels and many others

in different agencies view the PSI SOP with favor. However,

several Thai agencies remain unconvinced that endorsement of

the SOP would not oblige Thailand to specific actions, and

were withholding their approval. She said that MFA remains

committed to convincing those holdouts that all actions under

PSI would be voluntary and within domestic and international

law, and that the principles should be endorsed. Busara said

that the MFA will hold an internal meeting on March 24 to

discuss next steps on how to reach full agreement within the

RTG on endorsement of the SOP. MFA will probably convene the

next Thai interagency meeting to try to achieve this

consensus next week.

BOYCE

Written by thaicables

August 28, 2011 at 5:46 am

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