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07MANILA128 2007-01-12 01:48 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 000128

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STATE FOR IO/UNP/WICKBERG, EAP/MTS
USUN FOR PHEE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/12/2017
TAGS: PREL PHUM UNSC BM RP
SUBJECT: ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS ON BURMA

REF: A. MANILA 0120
¶B. BANGKOK 0233
¶C. SINGAPORE 0081
¶D. JAKARTA 0098
¶E. KUALA LUMPUR 0070
¶F. USUN 0017
¶G. STATE 3591

Classified By: A/DCM Scott Bellard, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (U) Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo told the
press on January 11 that the “advancement of democracy in
Myanmar remains a key issue for ASEAN member countries.” He
noted that, at a working dinner, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers
had “expressed concern on the pace of the national
reconciliation process, and hope to see tangible progress
that would lead to a peaceful transition to democracy in the
near future.” He added that the Philippines especially had
called on Burma to free Aung San Suu Kyi and to make progress
on its roadmap to democracy. He acknowledged that Burma had
already released some political prisoners, but echoed the
call of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the release of
“all political prisoners.” ASEAN Secretary General Ong Keng
Yong told the press that “the signal from Myanmar is that it
does not want us to get involved.”

¶2. (C) According to Singapore DCM Desmond Ng, the Burmese
Foreign Minster had pushed for a common ASEAN statement
against the draft UN Security Council resolution introduced
by the U.S. during the January 11 Foreign Ministers’ working
dinner. He said that the Singaporean Foreign Minister had
insisted that ASEAN had no common position on Burma and
should therefore not take a stance on the UNSCR. He added
that the Thai Foreign Minister also expressed reluctance.
Vietnamese DCM Ta Duy Chinh separately told A/DCM that
Romulo’s remarks did not reflect a common ASEAN position, and
that Romulo was only speaking on behalf of the Philippines.

¶3. (C) Comment: Romulo, who visited Aung San Suu Kyi in
the mid-1990s when he was a Senator, remains highly concerned
about her welfare in particular, while also hoping to see
additional releases and progress toward democracy and respect
for human rights in Burma. At the same time, as host of the
ASEAN events in Cebu, the Philippines will want to maintain
maximum goodwill and consensus among its fellow ASEAN members
and not let any single issue disrupt the series of high level
events.

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