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Cablegate: Philippine Participation at 63rd Un General

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OO RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHML #1833 2140635
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 010635Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1468
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0276
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS MANILA 001833

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/RSP (TIKVART), EAP/MTS
STATE ALSO FOR IO/UNP (SUN), USUN (TBD), NSC (MCDONALD), P
(REINMEYER)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNGA RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE PARTICIPATION AT 63RD UN GENERAL
ASSEMBLY

REF: A. SECSTATE 72078
B. MANILA 1722

1. (SBU) The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
conveyed to Post on July 31 that its New York Mission
reported that President Arroyo is slated to be the fourth
speaker on September 23, the opening day of the General
Debate, as had been expected (ref B). Office of United
Nations and Other International Organizations (UNIO) Special
Assistant Queenie Adiamar told Post that given President
Arroyo's prominent speaking slot, UNIO officials fully expect
President Arroyo to attend. However, UNIO Assistant
Secretary Evan Garcia has been traveling and will not return
until August 4, so he has not been able to review the
proposed schedules, which therefore remain tentative.
Nonetheless, Post noted the requested response date of August
1 and pressed for UNIO's expectation of what the composition
of the Philippine delegation would be. Per reftel A guidance
and format, Post provides in paragraph 2 the information that
Ms. Adiamar offered and will provide confirmations and more
information as they become available.

2. (SBU) Philippine Government Attendees to the 63rd UN
General Assembly (Tentative).

A. Head of State plans to attend:
-- Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the
Philippines

-- Tentative schedule: September 22 to 26. Arrival and
departure dates are uncertain.

-- No answer yet on spousal travel.

-- No interpretation into English required.

B. Head of Government plans to attend: Same as Head of State.

C. Foreign Minister plans to attend:
-- Alberto Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs

-- Tentative schedule: September 22 to 26. Arrival and
departure dates are uncertain.

-- Spouse will not travel to New York (tentative).

-- No interpretation into English required.


D. No other VIPs plan to attend (tentative)

E. DFA Officials
-- Evan Garcia, Assistant Secretary for United Nations and
Other International Organizations.

-- Tentative schedule: September 22 to 26. Arrival and
departure dates are uncertain.

-- Spouse will not travel to New York.

-- No interpretation into English required.

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