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07MANILA2589
2007-08-01 12:03
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/08/2027
TAGS: ASEAN ETRD PREL RP
SUBJECT: THE DEPUTY SECRETARY’S MEETING WITH PHILIPPINE FOREIGN MINISTER ROMULO

Classified By: Deputy Secretary Negroponte, reasons 1.4 c, d

¶1. (C) Summary: Meeting July 31 on the margins of the ASEAN
summit, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo and
Deputy Secretary Negroponte agreed on the importance of
continued progress in the Six-Party Talks to denuclearize the
Korean Peninsula. A nuclear-armed North Korea was inimical
to the interests of all countries in the region. Romulo also
asked for USG support for a Senate budget proposal to
increase 2008 U.S. assistance to the Philippines. The Deputy
Secretary said that the USG was doing all it could to keep

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assistance at the highest levels to support efforts like the
Mindanao peace process and Philippine military reform. End
summary.

¶2. (C) Opening the meeting, Foreign Secretary Romulo welcomed
the Deputy Secretary as a friend of the Philippines who knew
Asia well. The Deputy Secretary stressed the importance of
strong U.S.-Philippine ties, saying he was bringing a message
of real friendship and support between our two counties, as
well as a commitment to the Southeast Asian region as a
whole. Over the past 40 years, ASEAN had served as an
essential element for peace and stability in East Asia.

Keeping the Pressure on North Korea
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¶3. (C) Foreign Secretary Romulo said the Six-Party process to
denuclearize the Korean Peninsula appeared to be moving in
the right direction. However, next steps would be key,
including progress in the five working groups that would meet
in August prior to the next plenary. The Deputy Secretary
said that the critical point would be whether North Korea was
really committed to the process, whether it had made a
strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons and
programs. Pyongyang could always drag the process out,
giving the least it could while seeking to get more for its
actions. Nonetheless, it was essential to press ahead. The
U.S. remained hopeful, but things rarely moved according to
schedule with North Korea, with the Banco Delta Asia issue as
a prime example. The Deputy Secretary added that China had a
key role in pressing North Korea to cooperate, and Beijing
had no interest in allowing Pyongyang to be a nuclear power.
A nuclear North Korea also posed difficult strategic choices
for Japan, so these talks were also in Tokyo’s best
interests.

Seeking Increased U.S. Aid
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¶4. (C) Foreign Secretary Romulo welcomed recent U.S. Senate
action to increase 2008 funding for Foreign Military
Financing (FMF) and Economic Support Funds (ESF) for the
Philippines to $30 million in each account (Note: from the
Administration request of $11 and $26 million respectively).
He asked that the U.S. Executive Branch support the Senate
proposal, in light of important progress on counter-terrorism
cooperation and defense reform. The Deputy Secretary said
that the USG was doing all it could to keep assistance levels
as high as possible to support key efforts like the Mindanao
peace process and Philippine defense reform.

¶5. (U) July 31, 2007; 17:15; Manila, Philippines

¶6. (U) Meeting Participants:

Philippines

Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo
Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio for Policy
Assistant Secretary Romeo Manalo for Asian and Pacific Affairs
Assistant Secretary Rey Carandang for American Affairs
Carlos Sorreta, Minister Counselor, Philippine Embassy in
Washington
Assistant Secretary Evan Garcia for UNIO
Victor Lecaros, Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia
Melanie Diano, Principal Assistant, U.S. Division, Office of
American Affairs
Catherine Torres, Principal Assistant, Office of Asian and
Pacific Affairs
Hans Siriban, Special Assistant, Office of the Undersecretary
for Policy

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U.S.

Deputy Secretary John Negroponte
Ambassador Kristie Kenney
DCM Paul Jones
Kaye Lee, Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary
Political Counselor Tom Gibbons (notetaker)
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