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07MANILA1765
2007-05-30 06:10
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/30/2017
TAGS: PREL PHUM ECON IZ KN RP
SUBJECT: ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL DISCUSSES REGIONAL ISSUES
WITH FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY ROMULO

REF: A. MANILA 1704
¶B. MANILA 1608

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, reasons 1.4(b) and (d)

NORTH KOREA
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¶1. (C) Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, just off
the plane from a trip to Japan, asked EAP Assistant Secretary
Christopher Hill to meet with him for a relaxed, wide ranging
conversation May 25. Secretary Romulo was particularly
interested in the Six-Party Talks and indicated he planned to
visit North Korea June 19, in his capacity as ASEAN chair.
He explained that he wanted to ensure that his visit was
helpful to the Six-Party Talks and offered to convey any
messages that might be useful. After A/S Hill briefed on the
current status of the talks, they agreed to talk again to
discuss the situation in North Korea and Six-Party issues
before Romulo’s visit.

PRESIDENT ARROYO’S VISIT TO JAPAN AND TRADE
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¶2. (SBU) Romulo said President Arroyo’s visit to Japan had
an economic focus, and centered on the Japanese-Philippines
Economic Partnership Agreement, which he expects the
Philippine Congress will ratify. Romulo inquired about
prospects for the U.S. Congress granting trade promotion
authority and expressed hope for progress during the DOHA
Round, claiming the Philippines and the U.S. shared the same
goals. Romulo touted Philippines economic indicators,
stating that the Philippine stock market was at an all-time
high and the Peso was strong.

HELPING TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST UNLAWFUL KILLINGS
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¶3. (SBU) Secretary Romulo noted that A/S Hill had previously
raised the issue of unlawful killings and said he understood
the importance of this issue. Romulo detailed a number of
actions the Philippine government had taken to combat
unlawful killings and stated that given the high level of
interest expressed by A/S Hill and the Ambassador on the
issue, he had invited Committee on Human Rights (CHR)
Chairperson Purificacion Quisumbing to the meeting to discuss
Philippine actions to combat unlawful killings. A/S Hill
thanked Romulo for discussing the issue clearly and
forthrightly. Ambassador described USG efforts to help the
Philippine government, in the spirit of friendship, to
promote and protect human rights and the rule of law,
including the recent seminar on the investigation and
prosecution of unlawful killings for forty-five Philippine
National Police Investigators, prosecutors, and CHR regional
directors (ref a). Ambassador noted, however, that much
remains to be done.

PHILIPPINES SUPPORT FOR U.S.
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¶4. (C) Turning to other global issues, Romulo told A/S Hill
the Arroyo Administration continued to wish the U.S. success
in Iraq and stated that the Philippines would support Iraq in
the community of democracies. He noted that President
Arroyo, a staunch supporter of President Bush, hoped she
could pay a call on President Bush in the Oval Office this
year. Romulo was looking forward to hosting the ASEAN/ARF
Ministerial and expressed hope that Secretary Rice would
come. A/S Hill agreed that our two Presidents have an
excellent relationship and said President Bush appreciates
Philippines support in the global war on terror.

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