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Cablegate: Gvn Denies Detention/Mistreatment of Amcits

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS HO CHI MINH CITY 001159

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR CA/OCS/ACS/EAP, EAP/BCLTV

BANGKOK FOR LEGAT

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC VM CTERR HUMANR
SUBJECT: GVN Denies Detention/Mistreatment of Amcits

REF: A) HCMC 1108; B) HCMC 1032; C) HCMC 1057;
D) HCMC 1100; E) HCMC 1048; F) State 176619

1. The MFA's HCMC External Relations Office (ERO) has
formally replied to the note delivered by post on August 17
protesting the detention and mistreatment of several
American citizens (ref A). The text of the reply is
provided below.

2. Quote:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Office of External Relations in Ho Chi Minh City
No.: 3553/NV/LS

The Office of External Relations in Ho Chi Minh City
presents its compliments to the Consulate General of the
United States in Ho Chi Minh City and would like to respond
to the Consulate General's diplomatic note No. 254/04 as
follows:

As the Office of External Relations explained to the
Consulate General of the United States in diplomatic notes
no. 3205/NV/LS, dated 12 August 2004, and no. 3241/NV/LS,
dated 16 August 2004, regarding the case of Hoang The Lan,
the Security Investigation Office of the Ministry of Public
Security received a letter denouncing a number of U.S.
passport holders as members of the terrorist organization
"National United Front For the Liberation of Vietnam," led
by Hoang Co Dinh and Nguyen Kim in the United States, who
had entered Vietnam to carry out terrorist and destructive
activities.

In order to clarify this denunciatory letter, the police
invited these people to the Immigration Bureau of the
Ministry of Public Security for discussion (not for arrest
or temporary detention). They admitted that they were
members of the above organization, but denied entering
Vietnam to carry out terrorist activities.

The Security Investigation Office of the Ministry of Public
Security has investigated and confirmed that there have been
no cases of U.S. passport holders being arrested, beaten or
mistreated as stated in the U.S. Consulate General's
diplomatic note no. 254/04. These allegations are
fabricated and slanderously false.

The Office of External Relations in Ho Chi Minh City avails
itself of this opportunity to renew to the Consulate General
of the United States in Ho Chi Minh City the assurances of
its highest consideration.

Ho Chi Minh City, September 3, 2004

End quote.

Winnick

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