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Cablegate: Asean Disaster Preparedness: Asean Secgen

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 JAKARTA 001670

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DEPT FOR EAP (MARCIEL), EAP/MTS, EAP/MLS, EAP/RSP (SHEIVES)
SECDEF FOR USDP/ISA/APSA
USPACOM FOR ADM KEATING AND LTG GOODMAN
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL MARR MASS ASEAN
SUBJECT: ASEAN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: ASEAN SECGEN
WELCOMES U.S. CONCEPT PAPER

1. (U) SUMMARY: ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan has
welcomed the U.S. proposals for ASEAN disaster preparedness
and expressed confidence that all elements in the proposed
concept paper can be incorporated into the ARF disaster
relief exercise that the United States and the Philippines
are scheduled to host in 2009. END SUMMARY.

2. (U) Mission has received a letter from the
Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN), H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, welcoming U.S.
proposals to develop a capability for disaster preparedness
within ASEAN. Per Surin's request, the correspondence is
being forwarded electronically to DAS Ambassador Scot
Marciel, USPACOM Commander Admiral Timothy Keating and
Commander of the Joint Task Force Caring Response LTG John
Goodman. The text of the letter and a cover letter from the
ASEAN Secretariat appear below.

3. (U) Cover letter ASEAN Secretariat:

BEGIN TEXT

No.213/08

The ASEAN Secretariat presents its compliments to the Embassy
of the United States of America in Jakarta and has the honor
to request the latter's kind assistance to forward a letter
from Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to
the following:

a. H.E. Mr. Scot Marciel, U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN and
Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State;
b. ADM Timothy J. Keating, U.S. Navy, United States
Pacific Command;
c. LTGEN John Goodman, Commander, Joint Task Force Caring
Response for Nargis, United States Pacific Command.

The ASEAN Secretariat avails itself of this opportunity to
renew to the Embassy of the United States of America in
Jakarta the assurances of its highest consideration.

Jakarta, 13 August 2008

/ Seal and Initial /

END TEXT.

4. (U) Letter from Secretary General H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
(typographicals errors in the original have been corrected):

Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Secretary-General
11 August 2008

BERC/946/ER/US/VOL 1/002

H.E. Mr. Scott Marciel
U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN
Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of State

Adm.. Timothy J. Keating
U.S. Navy, Unites States Pacific Command

Lt. Gen. John Goodman
Commander, Joint Task Force Caring Response for Nargis
United States Pacific Command

Excellencies:

SUBJECT: ASEAN Disaster Preparedness and a Role for ARF

I wish to acknowledge receipt of your proposed concept paper
on the above subject, and to express appreciation to you and
the U.S. Government for contributions in all efforts to the
ASEAN disaster response and relief. The support and
assistance have significantly contributed to the
strengthening of ASEAN disaster preparedness within both the
ARF and the US-ASEAN Enhanced Partnership.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, at the Fifteenth ARF

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held on 24 July 2008 in Singapore, made a proposal to ARF
Participants that the U.S. and the Philippines would co-host
an ARF Disaster Relief Exercise, termed Voluntary
Demonstration of Response (VDR), in 2009. In this regard, I
am of the view that we can integrate all elements mentioned
in the proposed concept paper into the said multilateral
exercise in 2009.

I also hope that ASEAN instrument for emerging response and
disaster relief can be built into the framework of the 2009
Exercise.

Please accept, Excellencies, the assurances of my highest
consideration.

/ S /
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

END TEXT
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