Search

 

Cablegate: Psi: Vietnam Participates in Outreach Forum

VZCZCXRO6010
RR RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHHI #0763 1150729
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 250729Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5210
INFO RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH 2937
RUEHZS/ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS HANOI 000763

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM PREL KNNP VM
SUBJECT: PSI: VIETNAM PARTICIPATES IN OUTREACH FORUM


1. (SBU) On April 25, Poloff met with MFA International
Organizations Department officer Nguyen Thi Van Anh to obtain a
readout on her attendance at the PSI Outreach Forum held in Auckland
on March 29. (Note: Anh had been traveling until only recently.
End Note.) The focus of the forum was to provide information on the
Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and clarification of what
membership in it entails. Anh said the forum covered operational,
legal, capacity-building and intelligence-sharing issues, as well as
the risk of WMD in the Asia-Pacific region and the contribution of
PSI to regional and global security. The half-day format did not
allow time to explore these issues in detail, she noted.

2. (SBU) Forum topics of particular interest were the challenges PSI
implementation poses for a developing country, such as the ability
to mobilize resources quickly when called upon to interdict and the
lack of sufficient technical capability in the form of equipment and
analytical laboratories. Although the information presented at the
forum "was not new," Anh valued the opportunity to see how various
countries assess PSI from their different perspectives. She did not
indicate any new Vietnamese thinking on issues that the GVN says
hinder its PSI endorsement, such as questions about the initiative's
compliance with the requirements of domestic and international law.
Concerning next steps, she observed that countries have different
concerns related to PSI participation and questioned whether there
is one approach that could apply to all prospective PSI
participants.

3. (SBU) According to Jeremy Clarke-Watson, the New Zealand Embassy
DCM in Hanoi, Anh was reportedly an active participant at the forum,
asking a number of questions mainly about the implications for
developing countries of compliance with PSI. She was apparently the
only participant from Southeast Asia to speak or ask anything.

4. (SBU) Comment: Sending a representative to this PSI event was a
first for the GVN. While there has been no change as yet in GVN
policy with regard to PSI, the GVN often states that it remains
committed to nonproliferation cooperation on a case-by-case basis.
This approach was confirmed in the November 2006 Presidential Joint
Statement in which Presidents Bush and Triet "pledged to increase
cooperation to halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
and related technology and materials in accordance with
international and national laws and each country's capacities," a
line that MFA interlocutors have noted was drawn from PSI's
Statement of Interdiction Principles. End comment.

MARINE

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ramzy Baroud: Year in Review Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. More>>

ALSO:


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>

ALSO:

Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike.

Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures.

Once upon a time, the Soviet Union was the nightmare threat for the entire Cold War era – and since then the US has cast the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Islamic State in the same demonic role. Iran is now the latest example…More


Catalan Independence:
Pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. More>>