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Cablegate: United States and Vietnam Conclude Imet Agreement

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170843Z Jun 05

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TAGS: PREL MARR EAID VM
SUBJECT: United States and Vietnam Conclude IMET Agreement

Ref: State 101617

This message was coordinated with the Office of the Defense
Attache

1. (SBU) On June 17, the Charge, accompanied by DATT and
POL/C, met Vice Foreign Minister Le Van Bang to exchange
diplomatic notes to conclude an International Military
Education and Training (IMET) agreement between the United
States and Vietnam. Texts of U.S. (reftel) and Vietnamese
notes follow in paragraphs 4 and 5.

2. (SBU) Congratulating the Charge, VFM Bang noted the
positive work and efforts by both sides to reach this
agreement and stated that IMET is yet another step in the
development of military relations between the two countries.
The Charge echoed the Vice Foreign Minister's remarks on the
value of IMET and added that the timing of the agreement on
the eve of the Prime Minister's visit is an encouraging
development. He noted that that this agreement opens the
door to more exchanges and opportunities that will be
valuable to both sides.

3. (SBU) In an aside, our MFA interlocutors asked us not to
make the agreement public until the Prime Minister meets the
Secretary of Defense on June 21.

SIPDIS

4. (SBU) Begin text of U.S. note:

No. 0617/05

The Embassy of the United States of America presents its
compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam and has the has the honor to
refer to earlier discussions between representatives of the
two Governments regarding grants, that may occur after the
proposed agreement enters into force, and the furnishing of
defense articles, related training to include training
related to defense articles, including training pursuant to
the United States International Military and Education
Training program (IMET), and other defense services under
the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, or successor
legislation, from the United States of America to the
Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

In accordance with these discussions, it is proposed that
the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam agree:

a. that unless the consent of the Government of the United
States of America has been first obtained the Government of
the Socialist Republic of Vietnam shall not:

(i) permit any use of such defense articles, related
training including training materials, or other defense
services by anyone not an officer, employee or agent of the
Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam;

(ii) transfer or permit any officer, employee or agent of
the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to
transfer such articles, related training including training
materials, or other defense services by gift, sale or
otherwise; or

(iii) use or permit the use of such articles, related
training including training materials, or other defense
services for purposes other than those for which provided;

b. that such defense articles, or related training including
training materials, or defense services shall be returned to
the Government of the United States of America when they are
no longer needed for the purposes for which they were
furnished, unless the Government of the United States of
America consents to another disposition;

c. that the net proceeds of sale received by the Government
of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in disposing of, with
prior written consent of the Government of the United States
of America, any defense article furnished by the Government
of the United States of America on a grant basis, including
scrap from any such defense article, shall be paid to the
Government of the United States of America;

d. that the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
shall maintain the security of such defense articles,
related training including training materials, and other
defense services; that it shall provide substantially the
same degree of security protection afforded to such defense
articles, related training including training materials, or


other defense services by the Government of the United
States of America; that it shall, as the United States of
America may require, permit continuous observation and
review by, and furnish necessary information to,
representatives of the Government of the United States of
America with regard to the use thereof by the Government of
the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; and

e. that the Government of the United States of America may
also from time to time make the provision of articles,
services, and related training furnished under other
authority (except the United States Arms Export Control Act)
subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement
proposed herein. Acceptance by the Government of the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam of such articles, services, or
related training shall constitute agreement that such terms
and conditions apply. (Transfers under the United States
Arms Export Control Act shall continue to be governed by the
requirements of that act and United States regulations
applicable to such transfers.)

If the proposal set forth herein is acceptable to the
Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, this Note
and the Ministry's affirmative note in reply shall
constitute an agreement between the two Governments, which
shall enter into force on the date of the Ministry's note.

The Embassy of the United States of America avails itself of
this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the assurances of its
highest consideration.

The Embassy of the United States of America
Hanoi, June 17, 2005.

End text of U.S. note.

5. (SBU) Begin text of Vietnamese note:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Socialist Republic Of Vietnam

No: 260/NG-CM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of
Vietnam presents its compliments to the Embassy of the
United States of America and has the honor to inform the
Government of the United States of America of the position
of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
regarding the Diplomatic Note 00617/05 dated June 17, 2005
concerning the International Military Education and Training
(IMET) Program of the United States of America:

Vietnam will participate in the IMET Program at the
invitation of the Government of the United States of America
and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam will
inform the Embassy of the United States of America of the
specific programs in which Vietnam intends to participate.

The proposal set forth in Note 00617/05 is acceptable to the
Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

This Note and Note 00617/05 of the Government of the United
States of America shall constitute an agreement between the
two Governments, which shall enter into force on the date of
the Diplomatic Note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of
Vietnam renews to the Embassy of the Unites States of
America the assurances of its highest considerations.

Hanoi, June 17, 2005

End text of Vietnamese note.

BOARDMAN


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