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Cablegate: Psi Fifth Anniversary Invitation - Cambodia

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PP RUEHPB
DE RUEHPF #0256 0740755
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 140755Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
INFO RUEHPB/AMEMBASSY PORT MORESBY 0022
RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 0807
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 3207
RUEHUM/AMEMBASSY ULAANBAATAR 0019
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON 0102

UNCLAS PHNOM PENH 000256

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/MLS, ISN/CPI - J. PURCELL, C. GUZMAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP KSTC PARM PREL CB
SUBJECT: PSI FIFTH ANNIVERSARY INVITATION - CAMBODIA

REF: A. STATE 23570

B. 07 PHNOM PENH 1444
C. 07 PHNOM PENH 665

1. (SBU) Pol/Ec Chief delivered Ref A invitation to MFA IO
Director Tuy Ry March 12 at the request of MFA Secretary of
State Ouch Borith to whom the invitation letter was
addressed. Ouch Borith has been a regular interlocutor on
the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and post expects
him to give the invitation serious consideration. Ry, who
just assumed his position last month, professed he had not
been familiar with the PSI. He inquired about sending a
small delegation from the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC)
and asked if funding was being made available to support
their travel or accommodation.

2. (SBU) When asked about Cambodia's ongoing review of a
proposed PSI ship-boarding agreement (Refs B, C), Ry noted a
step forward had been taken since January: the Ministry of
Defense (MOD) recently sent written comments on the draft
ship-boarding agreement to the MFA. (NOTE: In the past, MFA
interlocutors said only that the matter was under review in
the MOD and had been favorably received by the Ministry of
Public Works and Transport. END NOTE.) Ry noted that the
Cambodian MOD's written remarks indicated MOD ambiguity about
the agreement. Earlier, the MFA told us of concerns about
the notification period and the burdensome requirements this
placed on interagency coordination. Ry also asked if any
other ASEAN nations had signed a ship-boarding agreement, and
to what extent other ASEANs participated in the PSI. Ry took
on board the suggestion that now might be the time to give
comments, present questions, or seek clarifications on the
proposed ship-boarding agreement.

3. (SBU) COMMENT: Judging from Ry's reaction, Cambodia is
eager to be part of the PSI, and to be seen as being part of
this international coalition in support of nonproliferation.
Given the MFA's limited budget in a country still among the
most impoverished, it might be useful to provide funding for
two RGC officials (likely from the MFA and MOD) for travel
and accommodation to the PSI anniversary celebration. Post
would be pleased to pass to the RGC any additional
information about the ship-boarding agreement. If indeed we
can say that Singapore or other ASEANs have signed
shipbording agreements, we recommend proposing more formal
discussions in advance of the PSI anniversary. The deadline
of a meeting in Washington in which Cambodia is seen as an
active participant with the international community may be a
strong inducement to come to closure on this proposal.
MUSSOMELI

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