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Cablegate: Vietnam: 2008 Country Reports On Terrorism

VZCZCXRO0587
RR RUEHHM
DE RUEHHI #1388 3540924
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 190924Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8892
INFO RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH 5412
RUEILB/NCTC WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS HANOI 001388

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR S/CT - RHONDA SHORE
FOR NCTC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER ASEC VM
SUBJECT: VIETNAM: 2008 COUNTRY REPORTS ON TERRORISM

REF: STATE 120019

1. (SBU) Post reviewed the four categories of
counterterrorism information described in reftel and
discussed same with GVN counterterrorism authorities. No
acts of international terrorism have occurred in Vietnam, nor
is Vietnam designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. There
is no information that suggests Vietnamese terrority is used
as a safe haven for terrorists or terrorist organizations.
There are no terrorist organizations known to be active in
Vietnam. The United States has not sought the cooperation of
the GVN in the investigation or prosecution of an act of
international terrorism against U.S. citizens or interests.

Vietnam is a party to eight out of twelve of the U.N.
conventions on counterterrorism. Vietnam cooperates on
counterterrorism initiatives in international forums, in
particular in ASEAN-related events. Senior GVN officials
invariably express formal GVN opposition to international
terrorist incidents, and the GVN has not publicly supported a
terrorist-supporting country on a terrorist-specific issue.
The GVN does not support international terrorism, terrorists,
or terrorist groups. Vietnam has never been included in the
Patterns of Global Terrorism report.

2. (U) POC is RSO Gordon Hills, HillsWG@state.gov
MICHALAK

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