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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA2494
2009-12-03 09:07
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/03/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREL BM RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE OFFICIALS PLEDGE TO CONTINUE PRESSURE ON BURMA

REF: STATE 121789

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

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: Senior officials at the Philippine Department
of Foreign Affairs (DFA) underscored the intention of
President Arroyo and Secretary Romulo to maintain pressure on
the Burmese government to engage in legitimate dialogue with
Burma’s political opposition and ensure credible
participation by the opposition, minorities and other
stakeholders in the planned 2010 elections in Burma. The DFA
officials agreed that sidelining the democratic opposition
and others would cause the international community to view
the election as a failure and delay the political reform
process in Burma. Post will continue to engage closely with
Philippine officials in the coming months. End summary.

¶2. (C) Per reftel request, the acting DCM spoke December 3
with Philippine DFA American Affairs Assistant Secretary
Lourdes Yparraguirre and emphasized the importance of ASEAN
member states, and the Philippines in particular, continuing
to press the Burmese government to engage in direct dialogue
with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, allow her to meet
with top leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD)
party without restriction, and permit full participation in
the upcoming 2010 national election by the opposition and
other stakeholders, including minorities. Acting DCM noted
that the issue of direct dialogue was a key element of the
U.S.-ASEAN summit statement.

¶3. (C) A/S Yparraguirre warmly welcomed EAP A/S Campbell’s
recent discussions in Burma with top government officials,
and lauded the U.S. decision to engage in senior-level
dialogue with Burma. She stressed that the Philippine
government fully shared USG views and goals on the
appropriate way forward with Burma, and pledged that
President Arroyo and Secretary Romulo would continue to press
Burmese officials to move forward rapidly with dialogue with
the Burmese opposition and carry out a fair and credible vote
with wide participation in 2010. She also said that Manila
would continue to encourage fellow ASEAN member states to
take a more vocal and active stance on democratization in
Burma, though the Philippines’ outspoken stand on the issue
had at times antagonized its ASEAN partners.

¶4. (C) Similarly, DFA Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs
Eduardo Maglaya agreed that sidelining the opposition and
ethnic minorities would cause the 2010 elections to be a
failure and would only serve to delay the political reform
process in Burma. He welcomed the Embassy’s briefing on A/S
Campbell’s and DAS Marciel’s November visit to Burma, which
he also praised as a positive step in U.S. engagement with
Burma. Maglaya noted that officials from the Philippine
Embassy in Rangoon had visited National League for Democracy
headquarters, which was one of the actions discussed with DAS
Marciel during his November visit to Manila. Maglaya said he
looked forward to further discussions regarding Burma during
DAS Marciel’s planned Nov. 14-15 visit to Manila for a
U.S.-ASEAN senior officials meeting.
KENNEY

   

 

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