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Cablegate: Burma Delegation for 63rd Un General Assembly

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P 011021Z AUG 08
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RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8004

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DEPT FOR IO/UNP (SUN), USUN (TBD), NSC (MCDONALD), P
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TAGS: PREL OTRA OVIP KSEP UNGA
SUBJECT: BURMA DELEGATION FOR 63RD UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

REF: STATE 72078

1. (U) On August 1, the Burmese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(MFA) provided us with the names of the Burmese Delegation to
the 63rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

A. The Head of State will not attend.

B. The Head of Government will not attend.

C. The Foreign Minister, Nyan Win, will attend. He will
arrive on September 20 and depart on October 4, 2008. His
spouse will not accompany him and he does not need
translation services.

D. According to the information MFA has provided, the
following three MFA officials will attend as "alternate
members" of the delegation: U Thant Kyaw, Deputy Director
General for the International Organizations and the Economic
Department; U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Director General of the
Political Department; and U Maung Wai, Deputy Director
General of the Consular and Legal Affairs Department. They
will arrive on September 14 and depart on December 13, 2008.
Their spouses will not accompany them. No further information
was provided.

E. The MFA's Deputy Director General for International
Organizations and Economics, U Thant Kyaw, will attend as the
senior MFA official responsible for IO affairs. He will
arrive on September 14 and depart on December 13, 2008. His
spouse will not accompany him and he does not need
translation services.

2. (U) The MFA informed us that the delegation would like to
travel to Washington D.C., if permitted. In previous years,
Burmese Ambassadors assigned to various countries around the
world have attended UNGA, but we have not heard whether they
will do so this year. We will report further information as
it is received.

3. (SBU) Comment: In previous years the visas of the entire
Burmese delegation were limited to within 25 miles of New
York. Accordingly our visas for TDYers have also begun to be
limited. While the Foreign Minister may be ineligible for an
unrestricted visa under our law, the lower-level officials
accompanying him are not, so we urge that their visas not be
restricted.
VILLAROSA

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