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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 000242

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/20/2017
TAGS: PREL ECIN PHUM BM KN RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE LEADERSHIP OF ASEAN-RELATED SUMMITS

REF: MANILA 0179

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

¶1. (C) Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo on January 17
briefed Ambassador on the outcomes of the ASEAN-related
summits hosted by the Philippines in Cebu January 10-15
(reftel). He highlighted that he and President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo had gone “full blast” on both Burma and
North Korea, with “no mincing of words,” including in the
chairman’s statements from the ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN 3
Summit, and the East Asia Summit. He admitted that Burma’s
General Soe Win was “not forthcoming.” He described how the
Indonesians had cited Aceh in informal discussions with the
Burmese as an example of how other countries could help to
resolve lingering internal problems, with other ASEAN members
also emphasizing the need for Burma to “let others in.” He
added that he had also used the example of Mindanao and the
helpful role the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team
and other partners were playing with this long-standing
insurgency. He admitted that the Burmese reaction was “not
much,” but confirmed that, during a bilateral meeting with
President Arroyo, Soe Win had invited her to make a visit.
He did not indicate that such a visit was likely or imminent.

¶2. (C) Separately, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for
Policy Erlinda Basilio on January 19 described the summits to
Pol/C as an “unqualified success.” She noted that, while
ASEAN stuck to its basic principle of “non-interference,”
ASEAN members had arrived at a point where they could “speak
candidly and frankly” with each other about internal
problems, notably Burma. She said that ASEAN had agreed that
its summit remained the appropriate forum for the discussion
of Burma and calls for greater progress on the roadmap to
democracy and release of political prisoners, while letting
the East Asia Summit concentrate on other strategic issues,
notably North Korea. She added that the accession of Timor
Leste and France to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation
during the Cebu Summits did not indicate that these countries
would be joining the EAS, noting that this was only one of
several usual pre-conditions for participation.

¶3. (C) U/S Basilio also expressed confidence that at least
six ASEAN members would ratify the new ASEAN Convention on
Counterterrorism, necessary to bring it into effect, while
commenting that this could take some time in light of the
differing parliamentary procedures for ratification in member
states. She also indicated that the new High Level Panel
drafting the ASEAN Charter based on the input provided by the
Eminent Persons Group would complete its work in time for the
November 2007 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore. She noted that
former Philippine U/S Rosario Manolo would chair this panel
until August 2007, when she would turn the task over to the
distinguished retired Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh.

¶4. (C) Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for Migrant Worker
Affairs Esteban B. Cornejos, Jr. separately admitted that the
adoption of a new ASEAN Declaration on the Prevention and
Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers had been a special
priority of the Philippine government, given the large number
of Overseas Filipino Workers in the region. He underscored
that it very clearly reflected the theme during the Cebu
Summits of “One Caring and Sharing Community.” On the
subject of mutual recognition of nurses’ credentials, another
key concern of the Philippine government, he clarified that
this intra-ASEAN agreement had come into effect in 2006 and
that the leaders had merely taken note of it.

¶5. (C) Comment: Philippine leadership helped turned the
annual ASEAN ummit and the still-new East Asia Summit into
more substantive meetings than have often been the case in
the past, particularly on two top concerns of the USG in East
Asia — Burma and North Korea. We will continue to work
closely with our Philippine counterparts to ensure that the
preparatory meetings for the ASEAN Post-Ministerial
Conference and ASEAN Regional Forum in July 2007 are equally
substantive and reflect these important concerns.

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