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Cablegate: Asean Secretariat Views On Burma Conference

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SUBJECT: ASEAN SECRETARIAT VIEWS ON BURMA CONFERENCE

REF: SECSTATE 53985

1. Summary. Post reviewed the Burma Donor Conference points with
the ASEAN Secretariat. According to Dr. Anish Kumar Roy, Director
of the Bureau of Resource Development and point person on the ASEAN
task force to coordinate aid to Burma, the May 25 pledging
conference will focus on the immediate and long-term needs of the
cyclone affected regions of Burma. The Government of Burma (GOB)
will provide an assessment of its needs based in part on the
findings of the ASEAN Emergency Response Assessment Team (ERAT) and
the ASEAN medical teams currently on the ground in Burma. The ERAT
team report to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers on May 19 in Singapore
provided a solid overview of the needs in Burma, according to Roy.
The ASEAN task force charged with coordinating relief and
reconstruction efforts in Burma will meet on the margins of the
pledging conference to finalize ASEAN's system for coordinating
relief donations. End Summary.

Conference to Focus on Short- and Long-Term Needs
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2. (SBU) According to Dr. Anish Kumar Roy, Director of the ASEAN
Secretariat's Bureau for Resources Development, the May 25 pledging
conference will focus on the immediate and long-term needs of the
cyclone affected regions of Burma. ASEAN and the U.N. are
sponsoring the conference, with Burma acting as host. The
conference will include a presentation by the GOB on the scale of
the disaster and the immediate and long-term needs of the country in
order to cope with the devastation, according to Roy. The
conference organizers will also solicit pledges from international
donors to meet Burma's immediate and long-term needs.

3. (SBU) The GOB will base its assessment in part on the findings of
the ERAT and the ASEAN medical teams currently on the ground in
Burma. According to Roy, the ERAT team report to the ASEAN Foreign
Ministers on May 19 provided a solid overview of the current needs
in Burma. (Note: a copy of the report is available at
http://www.asean.org/21558.pdf. End note.) In response to the
report and the May 19 discussion, the GOB agreed to accept a team of
30 medical personnel from Thailand and 22 medical personnel from
Laos to work in the affected areas. Additional medical teams from
Brunei, Singapore and the Philippines are on stand-by to enter the
country and conduct similar assessments. Roy emphasized the need
for logistical support to the GOB, given the GOB's limited capacity
to access the hardest-hit regions.

ASEAN Task Force to Coordinate Aid
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4. (SBU) Roy also noted that the ASEAN task force charged with
coordinating relief and reconstruction efforts in Burma will meet on
the margins of the pledging conference in order to finalize ASEAN's
system for coordinating relief donations. Roy will serve as the
primary coordinator for donors on the task force. He stated that
the GOB had provided strong support for the task force at the May 19
Ministers Meeting and that he expects the GOB to accept aid,
including disaster relief personnel, if donors funnel donations
through this mechanism. Roy believes that part of the GOB
resistance to receiving aid stems from their lack of capacity to
coordinate and manage the process. Although developments continue
to change on a daily basis, Roy is optimistic that the GOB will
begin to accept large quantities of aid and relief teams in the

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