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05BANGKOK3143 THAILAND: MEETING OF THE G8 CTAG

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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 SECTION 01 OF 02 BANGKOK 003143

 

SIPDIS

 

SENSITIVE

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/BCLTV, S/CT

PACOM FOR FPA (HUSO)

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PREL PGOV PTER TH ASEAN

SUBJECT: THAILAND: MEETING OF THE G8 CTAG

 

REF: A. 04 BANGKOK 8009

 

¶B. 04 BANGKOK 7838

¶C. 04 BANGKOK 5239

 

¶1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The Thailand G8 Counter-Terrorism Action

Group (CTAG) held its first quarterly meeting under the

Chairmanship of UK Ambassador David Fall on April 27. The

group discussed joint cooperation on a wide range of counter

terrorism (CT) related issues in Thailand, focusing on

creation of a RTG/CTAG CT working group, document fraud,

terrorist financing and Thai endorsement of all UN CT related

conventions. CTAG Ambassadors agreed to continue pressing

Thailand towards creation of a RTG/CTAG working group on

counter terrorism and rapid endorsement of the remaining

eight UN CT Conventions which the RTG has not yet ratified.

END SUMMARY

 

RTG/CTAG CT WORKING GROUP

 

¶2. (SBU) On April 27, the Ambassador participated in the

first quarterly meeting of the Thailand G8 Counter-Terrorism

Action Group (CTAG) under the Chairmanship of British

Ambassador David Fall. Reviewing the progress of the CTAG,

members noted that the RTG has repeatedly expressed its

desire to support international CT efforts. However, closer

coordination with the international community has been

hampered by the lack of a clear point of contact within the

RTG on CT issues. In 2004, CTAG members had proposed the

creation of a RTG/CTAG working group on CT but action was

delayed by the December 26, 2004 tsunami. (NOTE: On May 2,

Ambassador Fall met with MFA Permanent Secretary Krit

Garnjana-Goonchorn to press for the establishment of the

working group. Krit responded that the RTG was eager to move

forward with the idea and would work with the CTAG on its

creation. END NOTE)

 

DOCUMENT FRAUD

 

¶3. (SBU) The CTAG discussed the new G8 Control Strategy and

Draft Action Plan on Counterfeit Document Production in

Thailand, which is designed to provide a framework for G8

assistance to Thailand on document fraud. It is part of an

effort to improve the exchange of information and operational

coordination between the CTAG and RTG.

 

¶4. (SBU) The Control Strategy was developed in response to

concerns expressed at the November 2004 CTAG meeting (reftel

B) about operational gaps in information sharing between the

RTG and CTAG members. The Thais designated the National

Intelligence Agency (NIA) as the point of contact for

document fraud, but have not given it a clearly defined role.

CTAG members agreed that the Control Strategy is a good

start towards better coordination with the RTG on document

fraud. However, clarification is needed on the role of the

NIA.

 

¶5. (SBU) Members also expressed concern over how the

Ministry of Justice is interpreting and applying Thai

document fraud laws. Overall, CTAG members agreed that Thai

document fraud laws are adequate as written. What is lacking

is understanding of these laws by working level police and

customs officials. Members agreed to explore possibilities

for enhanced capacity building with the RTG. Ambassador Fall

will meet with Attorney General Kampree to discuss the role

of the NIA and to explore how CTAG members can assist the RTG

in effectively enforcing document fraud laws.

 

TESTIMONY BY DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL

 

¶6. (SBU) CTAG members agreed that the RTG should be

reminded that CTAG member countries are willing to waive

diplomatic immunity, on a case by case basis, to enable

embassy staff to give evidence or expert testimony in cases

involving home country document fraud. The RTG should also

understand that testimony by embassy personnel should not be

viewed as an impediment to prosecution. Ambassador Fall

agreed to also raise this issue with the Attorney General.

 

TERRORIST FINANCING

 

¶7. (SBU) Members exchanged information on how the CTAG can

build Thai capacity to counter terrorist financing,

especially informal remittance systems connected to ongoing

separatist violence in the far south of Thailand. The RTG is

particularly sensitive to the issue because of press reports

that southern militants may be receiving financial support

from abroad. CTAG members agreed to continue individual

efforts to build capacity within the RTG in order to bring

them up to international standards.

 

UN CT CONVENTIONS

 

¶8. (SBU) Thailand is a party to five of the UN Conventions

relating to CT — following RTG ratification of the

Convention on Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in

September 2004 — but has made little progress towards

ratification of the remaining seven UN CT Conventions (eight

if the 2005 Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear

Terrorism is included). The MFA has repeatedly stated that

Thailand intends to implement all UN CT Conventions (reftel

A). The Ambassadors agreed that all CTAG members should

continue to encourage the RTG to adopt the remaining

conventions. In his May 2 meeting with Ambassador Fall, MFA

Permanent Secretary Krit acknowledged that Thailand has yet

to ratify the eight conventions. Krit noted that the Cabinet

passed a resolution in December 2004 urging Thai agencies to

expedite ratification, but the process was interrupted by the

tsunami. Krit did not offer a clear timetable for

 

SIPDIS

ratification.

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:08 am

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