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07MANILA3510
2007-10-25 08:34
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/24/2017
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL RP BM
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES: U.S. SANCTIONS AGAINST BURMA

REF: A. STATE 146862
¶B. MANILA 3449
¶C. MANILA 3443
¶D. MANILA 3418 AND PREVIOUS

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

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: Ambassador and staff continue to engage
Philippine government and diplomatic colleagues on Burma,
underscoring the need to maintain pressure on the regime and
not let public attention be diverted from the urgent need for
steps toward democratization by the junta. The UK and New
Zealand ambassadors expressed to Ambassador their concern
that the idea of Burma’s expulsion from ASEAN appeared to
garner little support among the organization’s members.
Meanwhile, a senior Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs
(DFA) official returned October 23 from high-level meetings
in Burma, where the junta’s foreign minister offered
assurances that Burma remains committed to a continued
evolution toward democracy. Poloff highlighted to Department
of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reftel points regarding new
sanctions imposed October 19. Ambassador will have a private
lunch with Foreign Secretary Romulo early next week to
compare notes on Burma. END SUMMARY.

¶2. (C) The Ambassador spoke October 21 with UK and New
Zealand ambassadors regarding the three nations’ actions on
Burma, including new financial sanctions by Australia. The
UK and New Zealand envoys said that they have been working to
keep ASEAN engaged, to include pressing for consideration of
Burma’s expulsion from the organization when ASEAN meets in
November. Both ambassadors confided that they sensed little
traction among ASEAN members for expelling Burma. The UK
Assistant Secretary for Asia may travel to the region to
speak with ASEAN members and others about Burma. The concern
that public dismay was cooling in ASEAN over the Burmese
junta’s brutal crackdown was echoed in an October 25 working
breakfast of senior officials from the UK, Australian,
Japanese, New Zealand and Canadian embassies. The UK DCM
said that the EU troika ambassadors – UK, French, EU – would
deliver a demarche to Foreign Secretary Romulo October 25
outlining recent EU steps and calling on ASEAN to take a more
proactive role. The Australian polcouns outlined his
country’s newly announced sanctions, while the Japanese DCM
said that his mission was still awaiting further guidance
from Tokyo.

¶3. (C) Poloff conveyed reftel A points on Burma’s role in
the EU-ASEAN and other summits to Helen Barber, DFA
Asia-Pacific Affairs Executive Secretary. Barber responded
that the Philippine government has no intention of returning
to a “business as usual” status quo with the Burmese, but
intends instead to urge the regime to release detained
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political
prisoners, and to “fast-track” the roadmap to democracy. She
noted a lack of any consensus among ASEAN members regarding
the expulsion of Burma, and indicated that even the
Philippine government, among the most proactive in pressuring
the Burmese junta, doubted the utility of such a measure.
Ambassador has a private lunch with Foreign Secretary Romulo
early next week to discuss Burma.

¶4. (C) Barber and DFA Undersecretary Enrique Manalo returned
late October 23 from travel to Burma, during which they met
with Foreign Minister Nyan Win and Deputy Foreign Minister
Kyaw Thu in Naypyitaw (reftel B). The Burmese Foreign
Minister told Barber that Burma was “resolutely committed” to
the roadmap to democracy, and reminded that the regime had
recently named a 54-member panel to begin drafting a new
constitution, and that the junta’s Deputy Labor Minister U
Aung Kyi had been appointed as liaison to Aung San Suu Kyi.
Minister Nyan Win went on to report that his government had
repeated its invitation to UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari
to visit Burma again as soon as possible.
KENNEY

   

 

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