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Cablegate: Burma Referendum: France Seeks P-3 Unity Before

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FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2348
INFO RUCNARF/ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM COLLECTIVE
RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES

C O N F I D E N T I A L PARIS 000538

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EAPS/MLS FOR AARON COPE AND IO/UNP FOR PAUL WICKBERG

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/13/2018
TAGS: PREL PHUM FR BR
SUBJECT: BURMA REFERENDUM: FRANCE SEEKS P-3 UNITY BEFORE
DEMARCHING ASEAN

REF: 08 STATE 26677

Classified By: Political Counselor Andrew Young for reasons 1.4(B) and
(D)

Poloff delivered reftel demarche to MFA Burma desk officer
Jeremie Petite on March 14 outlining our view that Burma's
proposed May referendum will not adhere to internationally
accepted standards for free and fair elections. Petite
agreed with U.S. concerns, but said France does not want to
reject the referendum outright in deference to lack of ASEAN
unity. Noting that France believes ASEAN is critical to
successful pressure on Burma, Petite said the French proposed
as an initial step to consult with UK counterparts on March
27 and follow with P-3 talks to achieve a unified position on
how best to enlist ASEAN in next steps with Burma.


Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
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