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Cablegate: French Continue to Press Asean On Burma

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SUBJECT: FRENCH CONTINUE TO PRESS ASEAN ON BURMA

REF: STATE 148530

1. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche on October 26 to
MFA desk officers for Burma, Jeremie Petit and Marie-Pierre
Giron. This demarche was timely as Petit was preparing
Foreign Minister Kouchner's visit to Thailand, Singapore and
China on October 28. Marie-Pierre Giron responded that the
French agreed with our points -- ones that tracked with the
reasons for FM Kouchner's trip to Asia. On the issue of
pressuring ASEAN to disinvite Burma to the EU-ASEAN meeting,
she noted this was an EU level decision, and did not know
what position the French would take.

Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/paris/index.c fm


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