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Cablegate: Portugal On Burmese Foreign Minister Invitation To

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
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FM AMEMBASSY LISBON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5061
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES

UNCLAS LISBON 001658

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM FI BU EUN PO
SUBJECT: PORTUGAL ON BURMESE FOREIGN MINISTER INVITATION TO
ASEM

REF: SECSTATE 124139

Pol/Econ Officer met MFA Director of Asia Affairs Jorge
Fonseca on August 7 to discuss U.S. concerns regarding
Finland's invitation for the Burmese FM to attend ASEM.
Fonseca replied that Portugal follows the European Union's
policy of constructive engagement with Burma and underscored
that the EU always includes a discussion of Burma's human
rights problems at meetings where a Burmese cabinet-level
representative is present.
O'Neal

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