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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1254
2009-06-11 07:41
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/10/2019
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL RP BM
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR ENGAGES FOREIGN SECRETARY, DIPLOMATIC CORPS ON BURMA

REF: A. MANILA 1128
¶B. MANILA 1081
¶C. MANILA 1065

Clas?Z1, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) In a June 11 private discussion over breakfast with
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo, the Ambassador
underscored the extreme seriousness with which the United
States views the Burmese junta’s trumped-up charges against
pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, and the show trial
now being conducted in Rangoon. The Ambassador emphasized
that in the event that Suu Kyi is convicted and imprisoned, a
stronger reaction on the part of ASEAN would be important.

¶2. (C) The Foreign Secretary responded by expressing his
frustration at the difficulty in influencing the Burmese
regime, as well as the absence of resonance the issue seemed
to find with some ASEAN member states — particularly those
that are not democracies. RomuQQater role in
pressing for democratic change, citing as an example if
Singapore were to bar the Burmese junta’s use of its banking
system, and further observed that unlike the clear regional
threat posed by North Korea, Burma was too often seen as one
nation’s domestic problem. Secretary Romulo frankly
concurred with the Ambassador’s fear that the Burmese
military junta may indeed convict and imprison Aung San Suu
Kyi.

¶3. (C) The Ambassador also raised the issue of Burma during
a June 10 breakfast of “like-minded ambassadors” hosted by
United Kingdom Ambassador to the Philippines. The Ambassador
pointed out that the Burmese regime’s latest attacks against
the ethnic-minority Karen in areas near the Thai border had
resulted in a flood of more than 4,000 Karen refugees into
Thailand, demonstrating how the Burmese junta’s actions
affect the stability and security of the broader Southeast
Asia region. Together with the UK Ambassador, the
ambassadors of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan expressed
wholehearted agreement with the Ambassador’s views on Burma.
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