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Cablegate: Advocating an Asean Regional Forum Statement

VZCZCXRO2021
OO RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHML #4509 3001022
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 271022Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3683
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA IMMEDIATE 9454
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS IMMEDIATE
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC//OSD/ISA/AP// IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS MANILA 004509

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP, PM, S/CT, AND EAP/MTS
USPACOM ALSO FOR FPA HUSO
SECDEF/OSD/ISA/AP (LAWLESS/TOOLAN/BAILEY)
JOINT STAFF/J5 (WILKES/ROBINSON/CLEMMONS)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PARM RP
SUBJECT: ADVOCATING AN ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM STATEMENT
CONDEMNING NORTH KOREA

REF: A. STATE 178680

B. MANILA 4344
C. MANILA 4312

1. (U) Acting Political Counselor joined Australian Charge
d'Affaires for an October 27 demarche on Department of
Foreign Affairs (DFA) Executive Director for Asian and
Pacific Affairs Charles Jose to request that the Philippines
support a statement condemning the North Korean nuclear test
at the upcoming ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Support
Group in Indonesia.

2. (SBU) Jose noted that both President Arroyo and Foreign
Secretary Romulo had made strong public statements regarding

SIPDIS
the North Korean test, but said the DFA was still holding
internal consultations regarding the upcoming meeting in
Batam. He promised to take the US and Australian views into
account during these discussions. Jose stated he would head
the Philippine delegation for the November 1-3 talks in
Indonesia.

Visit Embassy Manila's Classified website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm
KENNEY

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