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Cablegate: Wto Labeling - Thailand Will Co-Sponsor

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DE RUEHBK #2543 1270155
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R 070155Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6692
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 1827
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS BANGKOK 002543

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EB/TPP/MTA/MST ASCHEIBE
STATE PASS USTR FOR BNORTON
USDOC FOR DMENDOZA, EBRZYTWA

E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD WTO TH
SUBJECT: WTO LABELING - THAILAND WILL CO-SPONSOR

REF: A) STATE 57995; B) BANGKOK 1078

1. On May 2, Econoff met with Ms. Pimchanok Vongkhorporn, the new
Director of the Bureau of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and
delivered talking points per reftel A. Since our previous demarche
on this topic (see reftel B), the Bureau had convened meetings with
the Ministry of Industry and private sector groups to discuss the
proposal. As Thailand is a significant exporter of apparel and
footwear, there was broad support for the U.S. text. Pimchanok said
the RTG was prepared to co-sponsor the U.S. text and had already
relayed that message to their mission in Geneva.

2. Pimchanok raised the question of enforcement and whether the new
rules would be binding on all WTO members or would be a plurilateral
agreement. Econoff promised to pass along the question to
Department and Geneva.
BOYCE

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