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05BANGKOK3144 THAILAND: ARF MISSILE DEFENSE CONFERENCE; EAS

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BANGKOK 003144

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP, EAP/RSP, EAP/BCLTV, AC

PACOM FOR FPA (HUSO)

OSD/ISA (POWERS)

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PARM PREL TH ASEAN

SUBJECT: THAILAND: ARF MISSILE DEFENSE CONFERENCE; EAS

 

REF: BANGKOK 2600

 

¶1. (SBU) SUMMARY: Poloffs met with Thai Foreign Ministry

(MFA) officials to discuss planning details and next steps

for the Missile Defense Conference which the Royal Thai

Government (RTG) has agreed to co-host with the U.S. October

6-7 in Bangkok. The Thais expect to achieve consensus within

ASEAN on the proposed conference prior to the ASEAN Regional

Forum (ARF) Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Vientiane. The

Thai requested close coordination with the U.S. Delegation to

the ARF SOM prior to any U.S. presentation on the Missile

Defense Conference. In preparation for the Missile Defense

Conference, the RTG request that the U.S. send a team of

experts to Bangkok to brief their intra-agency team on

technical aspects of what will be discussed. They also want

close coordination with the U.S. on developing a

“deliverable” from the conference. On the separate issue of

the East Asia Summit (EAS), the MFA officials indicated that

they expect India, Australia, and New Zealand to be invited

to the December summit as part of an “inclusive” EAS. END

SUMMARY

 

YES TO BANGKOK MISSILE DEFENSE CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 6-7

 

¶2. (SBU) On May 10, Poloffs met with several Thai MFA

officers from the ASEAN Affairs Division to discuss the

proposed U.S./Thai ARF Missile Defense Conference, and other

regional issues. ASEAN Division Counselor Dr. Suriya

Chindawongse led the Thai side. Suriya agreed that October 6

and 7 would be the best dates for the proposed co-hosted

conference. The RTG has checked the ASEAN calendar, and

those dates do not interfere with other ASEAN events. He

reiterated that Bangkok would be the preferred venue.

 

PRESENTING THE CONFERENCE AT THE ARF SOM: “PLEASE COORDINATE”

 

¶3. (SBU) Suriya said that he expected to have ASEAN

endorsement for the Missile Defense Conference prior to the

ARF SOM in Vientiane on May 20. Suriya said that Thai MFA

Permanent Secretary Krit Garnjana-Goonchorn — who will lead

the Thai delegation to the SOM — will give a

“pre-presentation” on the proposed Missile Defense Conference

to ASEAN members on May 18. To date, Suriya has not heard

any complaints or concerns from other ASEAN members about the

Missile Defense Conference. While he is optimistic that

ASEAN members will not have any serious late-breaking

reservations about the conference, he noted that “one or two”

countries at the ARF SOM (which he would not name) might

raise some concerns. He advised that the U.S. delegation

should be prepared to answer questions in Vientiane.

 

¶4. (SBU) Suriya asked how the U.S. delegation would raise

the issue of the Missile Defense Conference at the SOM.

Would the U.S. would present an updated version of the

concept paper presented in Potsdam? Suriya recommended that

the U.S. give a broad presentation, outlining the agenda as

well as basic logistical information (dates, location).

Following the U.S. presentation, the Thai delegation will

immediately offer support for the U.S. proposals. Suriya

requested that the U.S. delegation coordinate its

presentation with the Thai ahead of time.

 

PREPARING FOR THE CONFERENCE: U.S. EXPERTS BRIEF IN BANGKOK

 

¶5. (SBU) Following the ARF SOM, the RTG will have an

intra-agency meeting to discuss the Missile Defense

Conference and determine responsibilities within the Thai

government. As of now, it has not been established whether

MFA or MOD will have the lead within the Thai bureaucracy.

Suriya said that the RTG will request a technical briefing on

the draft agenda from U.S. arms-control experts. The RTG

prefers to have the briefing in Bangkok in order to be able

to include the widest audience possible from within the Thai

government. In an aside, Suriya said the briefing would be

an important factor in bringing the Thai military on board,

and that MOD’s participation will be a crucial factor in the

Conference’s success.

 

¶6. (SBU) The Thais said they appreciated that Assistant

Secretary of State for Arms Control Rademaker would lead the

 

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U.S. delegation, and said they would designate an appropriate

senior official to work with him as co-chair. They expressed

appreciation for the U.S. offer to cover the costs of the

conference, but said that, as “co-hosts” the RTG would host a

reception during the event.

 

¶7. (SBU) Suriya asked that the U.S. think about what kind

of “deliverable” should be expected from the Missile Defense

Conference. The Thai expressed concern that an overly

ambitious outcome document might bog the meeting down. They

suggested that an ARF Statement, issued at the ministerial,

as a possibility; at a minimum, they expect the U.S. and

Thailand to issue a summary report as co-chairs.

 

EAS: THAILAND WANTS, EXPECTS, “INCLUSIVE” SUMMIT

 

¶8. (SBU) Turning to the East Asia Summit, Suriya commented

that the RTG is following the consensus established at the

Cebu ministerial. Suriya stressed that from the beginning,

Thailand had favored an “inclusive” EAS (reftel), and is

confident that Australia, India, and New Zealand will be able

to participate at the December EAS in Kuala Lumpur. Suriya

noted that New Zealand is particularly close to receiving an

invitation, and confided that Prime Minister Clark’s visit to

Bangkok had gone “very well.”

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:09 am

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05BANGKOK3143 THAILAND: MEETING OF THE G8 CTAG

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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

 

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ratification.

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:08 am

05BANGKOK3110 THAILAND — DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON UNMANDATED SESSION RE: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REFORM

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 003110

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR IO/SHA – SMEHRA, S/UNR – JGERAN, USUN – MZACK

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PHUM TH

SUBJECT: THAILAND — DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON UNMANDATED

SESSION RE: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REFORM

 

REF: SECSTATE 82967

 

(U) Poloff delivered reftel talking points to Peerasak

Chantavarin, Director of the Social Division, International

Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

He immediately forwarded the points to the Thai Embassy in

Geneva. However, Peerasak said that the Royal Thai

Government (RTG) has not yet established a final position on

formation of a working group in Geneva to discuss reform of

the UN Human Rights Commission. He refused to speculate how

Thailand would vote on the proposed resolution establishing a

working group if it is presented to a formal meeting of the

UN Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC). Peerasak said that

the MFA is still listening and weighing different points of

view on the issue. Poloff pressed and Peerasak conceded the

point that reform of the UN Human Rights Commission will

eventually have to be settled in New York.

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

05BANGKOK3107 THAILAND: ENCOURAGING SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQ TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 003107

 

SIPDIS

 

SENSITIVE

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/BCLTV, NEA

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PGOV PREL IZ TH IRAQ

SUBJECT: THAILAND: ENCOURAGING SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQ

TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT

 

REF: STATE 79107

 

¶1. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to

Minister-Counselor Amornsate Singha, the new Director of

MFA’s North America Division. In subsequent conversations,

Amornsate said that the Royal Thai Government (RTG) has

already delivered congratulatory messages to both President

Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja’afari through

diplomatic channels and is considering issuing a public

statement of support as well. Amornsate noted that the

language the RTG had used in its diplomatic messages was

almost identical to the language provided in our talking

points. Amornsate said that the RTG does not have any

objection to issuing a public statement of support, but has

not reached consensus on appropriate language within the

Foreign Ministry.

 

¶2. (SBU) Poloff asked if Foreign Minister Kanthati — who

departs May 10 for a May 13 meeting with the Secretary —

would be prepared to issue a statement during his visit to

the U.S.. Amornsate said that a statement of support for the

Iraq Transitional Government has been included in FM

Kanthati’s trip talking points and background material, but

he could not confirm whether the Foreign Minister would make

a public statement during the visit.

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:06 am

05BANGKOK3045 BLUE LATERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK ON APPLICATION 05-955010

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 003045

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR PM/DTCC (JSTITZIEL)

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ETTC KOMC TH BLUE LANTERN

SUBJECT: BLUE LATERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK ON

APPLICATION 05-955010

 

REF: STATE 68288

 

¶1. Pol FSN made inquiries to establish the bona fides of

Olympic Arm & Ammunition Co. as requested in reftel.

According to the Department of Business Development of the

Thai Commerce Ministry, Olympic Arm and Ammunition (Thailand)

Co., Ltd. has a three person executive committee made up of

Mr. Charan Chawala, Mr. Witsanu Chamala and Mr. Anuchit

Kanphakdi, all Thai nationals. The company changed its name

from “the Golden Arm Co., Ltd” on August 17, 1999. It is

capitalized at 32 million baht (aprox. 820,000 USD).

 

¶2. An inquiry with Col Chanachit Charoen-nuang of the

Defense Permanent Secretary Office, Ministry of Defense,

confirmed that the company is recognized under Thai law and

has valid permits to operate factories to manufacture

ammunition in Thailand. The company also is permitted to

manufacture Austrian Glock and Italian Beretta automatic

pistols under license. Thai clients of the company include

the Royal Thai Army, National Police, and state-owned firing

ranges nation-wide. The Ministry of Defense has two military

officials (one officer and one NCO) posted at the factory

around the clock to monitor production.

 

¶3. According to Colonel Phunsi Ratsami, Director of the

Industry Control Division of the Royal Thai Defense Industry

Department — the Thai government agency tasked with

overseeing defense contractors — Olympic is certified under

Thai law to manufacture 9 mm, .38 cal., and .45 cal

ammunition.

 

¶4. Pol FSN visited Olympic’s manufacturing facility in

Nakhon Sawan, approximately 240 kilometers north of Bangkok,

on May 3. He noted it was in a controlled access location

and had unarmed civilian guards checking all vehicles and

persons trying to enter the compound. While there, he met

with Mr. Charan Chawla, Managing Director of the Company, who

explained his company’s former relationship with the Greek

firm, Olympic Arms and Ammunition, Co., Ltd (same name as the

Thai firm).

 

¶5. According to Mr. Charan, in 1999, he approached Mr.Vasili

Papadupolos, the Greek National Owner of Greece’s Olympic

Arms and Ammunition Co., Ltd, through Charon’s company

“Golden Arm Co., Ltd,” and invited Papadupolos to buy shares

in his Thai company in exchange for Papadupolos’s technology

and ammunition manufacturing know-how. Papadupolos agreed,

and promised to buy 615,000 out of 1,250,000 shares in

Charan’s company. Charan agreed to change the name of the

Thai company to Olympic Arm and Ammunition (Thailand) Co.,

Ltd. Charan said this agreement was oral only. After Charan

changed his company’s name, Papadupolos changed his mind and

decided not to pay for his shares in the new venture. Charan

had already changed his company’s name and decided to remain

in business as Olympic. Charan claims that Papadupolos still

technically holds one token share in his company. He

suggested that it would be too cumbersome under Thai law to

remove Papadupolos’s small stake in Olympic Thailand. Since

Papadupolos’s withdrawal from the venture, Charon claimed to

have never been in contact with the Greek again. Charan

recently learned of Papadupolos’s arrest in Italy. Plans to

change the name of the company are underway and are expected

to be completed by June this year.

 

¶6. Pol FSN learned that Olympic Thailand has no foreign

subsidiaries and that all of its 50 plus employees are Thai

nationals. Employees must undergo fingerprint checks each

day to verify their identity. The production line operates

from 0800-1700 on weekdays. In addition to the contracts

mentioned in para 2 above, the Thai Department of Special

Investigation of the Ministry of Justice and the Narcotics

Control Board of the Prime Minister’s office have recently

approached Olympic about possible contracts. The company is

not allowed to sell its products in the private sector except

at one facility in Pattaya Thailand. Bullets produced by the

company are marketed to firing ranges under the “Hunter”

brand name and to state agencies under the “Olympic” label.

Charan told our FSN that he has been a weapons dealer for 30

years and is also Managing Director of the Royal Defence Co.,

Ltd. He stated that he has had previous business relations

with Lockheed Martin and US ATK Corporations. The compound

where Olympic is located also has a factory making Glock

pistols under license, owned by Kamonrat Commercial Co., Ltd,

of which Charan is President.

 

¶7. Sales records are maintained electronically and in hard

copy. Pol FSN took digital photos of the facility. Those

photos can be sent to the Department upon request. Please

send requests to Embassy PolMil Officer Mark Lambert.

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:05 am

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05BANGKOK2922 THAILAND EXBS LEGAL TECHNICAL FORUM

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 002922

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR NP/ECC (CROUCH)

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ETTC PARM PREL KSTC TH EXBS

SUBJECT: THAILAND EXBS LEGAL TECHNICAL FORUM

 

REF: STATE 69327

 

¶1. (U) Per reftel request, Post has proposed and confirmed

that a “U.S.-Thailand Legal Technical Forum” will be held

under the auspices of the Export Control and Related Border

Assistance (EXBS) program, in Bangkok in mid-May. Post

expects 20-30 Thai participants at the workshop, including

participants from the Thai Department of Commerce (DOC), the

Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Thai Ministry of

Defense, as well as the Australian Embassy. The final dates

of the conference have not yet been confirmed as the Thai DOC

has expressed a preference to hold the conference over three

days (May 18-20), rather than the four days proposed in

Reftel. FCS-Bangkok is also exploring the possibility of an

additional day for private-sector “outreach”. Post POC:

Anthony Tranchina- (66)-2-205-4599

BOYCE

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05BANGKOK2835 THAILAND: GLOBAL FORUM ON FIGHTING CORRUPTION

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 002835

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR INL/C

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ASEC CPAS KCRM KFRD TH

SUBJECT: THAILAND: GLOBAL FORUM ON FIGHTING CORRUPTION

 

REF: STATE 63279

 

¶1. Poloff discussed reftel with Brazilian Embassy Minister

Counselor Fernando Jose de Carvalho Lopes. Lopes said that

he had already been in contact with the Thai MFA regarding

the June conference in Brasilia and that his Ambassador

preferred that we demarche the MFA separately. Lopes said

the Thai had told him they would organize a delegation from

Bangkok, but at this time it is unlikely that they will send

a Minister-level official to head the delegation.

 

¶2. Subsequently, Poloff delivered reftel demarche points to

Wasin Dhamavasi from the Latin America Division of MFA.

Wasin confirmed that the RTG planned to send a delegation to

the forum, but were still working on their delegation list.

Wasin promised to pass on the names of the official

delegation as soon as they were decided.

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:03 am