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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA2230
2009-10-23 09:23
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/22/2019
TAGS: PREL BM RP
SUBJECT: URGING ASEAN TO PRESS BURMA: PHILIPPINES RESPONSE

REF: A. STATE 108210
¶B. MANILA 02133

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

¶1. (SBU) External Chief delivered Ref A talking points on
urging ASEAN to press Burma to take constructive steps,
particularly at the ASEAN Summit, to Department of Foreign
Affairs (DFA) East Asia Assistant Secretary Ronald Allarey
and U.S. Affairs Office Director Deena Joy Amatong. Amatong
replied that, within ASEAN, the Philippines considers itself
one of the strongest supporters of democratic change in
Burma. She said that while she was not aware that Burma was
on the Summit’s formal agenda, she was certain that her
delegation would discuss the issue during the event.
Finally, Amatong assured External Chief that she does not
foresee a change in the Philippines’ strong position in favor
of improved democracy in Burma.

¶2. (C) As reported in Ref B, Philippine Foreign Secretary
Romulo told the Ambassador on October 7, 2009 that he
welcomed the outcome of the Burma policy review, stating that
he believed it is appropriate for the U.S. to try a new
approach. He said that the Philippines would remain solidly
with the U.S. on Burma and was ready to help in any way
possible.
KENNEY

   

 

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