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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08MANILA2586
2008-11-21 07:35
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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STATE FOR EAP/MLS LAURA SCHEIBE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/17/2018
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL RP BM
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS U.S. POSITION ON BURMESE CRACKDOWN

REF: STATE 121418

Classified By: Political Counselor Tom Gibbons, Reasons 1.4 B and D

¶1. (C) In a meeting with Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
Director for Political, Legal, and Security Matters Leah Ruiz
of the Office of United Nations & Other International
Organizations (UNIO) on November 18, Poloff stressed that the
Burmese junta’s recent arrests of human rights activists may
garner intense media interest at the upcoming ASEAN summit in
Chiang Mai. Poloff added that an international media focus
on human rights abuses in Burma could dominate the media
coverage of the summit, making it difficult for the
participants to highlight the progress ASEAN has achieved in
other areas. Poloff also conveyed the U.S. request for
Philippine support in the United Nations General Assembly on
the upcoming Burma resolution.

¶2. (C) Director Ruiz said DFA has been following the junta’s
recent crackdown on human rights activists and views the
developing situation with dismay. She pointed out that the
Philippine government has been very vocal in urging the junta
to take advantage of the UN’s good offices to move towards
democracy. She also highlighted the Philippines’ strong
proactive record in pressing the junta on human rights
issues. Ruiz was careful to emphasize that DFA is monitoring
the international response to current events in Burma and
assured post that the U.S. position on Burma will receive
careful consideration.

¶3. (C) Post will continue to engage with DFA to press reftel
points.

KENNEY

   

 

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