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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08MANILA439
2008-02-20 09:17
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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STATE FOR EAP/MTS, EAP/RSP (SHIEVES)
STATE ALSO FOR OSD/APSA (STERN)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/20/2018
TAGS: ARF RP PREL ASEAN MARR
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES OFFERS VIEWS ON ASEAN DEFENSE MINISTERS MEETING PLUS

REF: STATE 9004

Classified By: Political Counselor Thomas B. Gibbons, Reasons 1.4 (b) a
nd (d)

¶1. (C) Per reftel, poloff on February 8 met with Hans
Siriban, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Special
Assistant to Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo, to
seek the Philippine government’s views on ASEAN defense
cooperation and the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus
(ADMM-Plus). Siriban said that the Philippine government
sees the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the
establishment of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus
(ADMM-Plus) mechanism as “natural developments” in the
organization’s continuing evolution. Siriban outlined the
Philippines’ support for the ADMM in terms of the following
principles: that ASEAN would be a driving force behind ADMM,
that ADMM was not a military alliance, and that ADMM would
respect the principles of sovereignty, noninterference, and
consensus. The Philippine government believes that, by
involving ASEAN Dialogue Partners, ADMM-Plus would adhere to
the same approach. According to Siriban, the Philippine
military is reluctant to discuss ADMM-Plus and wants to
“calibrate its position” on ADMM-Plus as it assesses how ADMM
functions and develops. Siriban believes that ADMM-Plus will
be more inclusive than the Shangri-La Dialogue, and thus will
eventually become more important.

¶2. (C) Siriban stated the following specific positions on
behalf of the DFA. The Philippines hopes for a clearer plan
to develop the ADMM-Plus over the next three years; the
chairmanship of ADMM and ADMM-Plus should be the same;
defense ministers would determine the extent and level of
their interaction; ADMM-Plus should complement and add value
to the ADMM; and involvement of extra-regional actors would
require consensus of all ASEAN members. Siriban said that
the Philippine government viewed regional defense cooperation
positively, but that ADMM-Plus should be guided by the goal
of developing collective responsibilities and common
understanding of regional security challenges. The
Philippine government does not view the ADMM as a means of
counterbalancing the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), over which
foreign ministries have more influence; rather, Siriban
assessed that ADMM and ADMM-Plus were slow to develop because
defense ministries of ASEAN countries were simply the last
ministries to engage in direct dialogue with one another.

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