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Cablegate: Thailand Indicates It Might Provide 200 Support

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNSC KPKO SU TH
SUBJECT: THAILAND INDICATES IT MIGHT PROVIDE 200 SUPPORT
PERSONNEL FOR DARFUR

REF: A. BANGKOK 2524

B. STATE 51828

1. On May 9, Dr. Charn Jullamon, Director of the Peace,
Security, and Disarmament Divisions at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs (MFA) told poloff that the Royal Thai
Government (RTG) was moving forward with preparations to
participate in the Heavy Support Package for Darfur
(reftels). The Royal Thai Supreme Command (RTSC) notified
MFA that Royal Thai Supreme Commander General Boonsrang
Niumpradit had approved the deployment of 200 personnel to
support the UN mission. Charn said he did not know which
specific units would be offered, but said that they would
likely be RTA Engineers. Charn said he would help coordinate
as preparations moved forward.

2. While the Thai are seriously considering a deployment,
there remains much work before they can actually send units
to Darfur. Post wishes to assist the Royal Thai military and
Foreign Ministry with this possible deployment. We
anticipate Thai inquiries about possible U.S. logistics,
transportation and administrative support and would
appreciate any detailed information we can share with the
Thai to make any deployment a success.
BOYCE

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