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Cablegate: Thailand/Asean: Request for Usg Concurrence of Tac

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV TH
SUBJECT: THAILAND/ASEAN: REQUEST FOR USG CONCURRENCE OF TAC
THIRD PROTOCOL

REF: BANGKOK-EAP 9/15 EMAIL

1. (SBU) This is an action request: please provide a response
to the request for U.S. concurrence with the proposed Third
Protocol to allow the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in
Southeast Asia (TAC) to be amended to enable regional
organizations to accede to the TAC.

2. (SBU) Thailand, as current Chair of ASEAN, sent a
diplomatic note to the Embassy, dated September 11,
requesting that the USG, as a TAC High Contracting Party,
concur with the proposed Third Protocol. The text of the
dipnote is in para 3 below. Post sent a scanned PDF file
with the dipnote and associated documents -- background
information paper, text of the third protocol -- to EAP and L
via email September 15 (ref), the day the embassy received
the dip note from the Thai MFA.

3. (SBU) Begin text of dip note No: 1202/1079

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents its compliments to
the Embassy of the United States of America and, with
reference to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast
Asia (TAC) of which the United States of America is a High
Contracting Party, has the honor to inform the latter that,
with the concurrently Member States of the Association of
Southeast Nations (ASEAN), it is proposed that the TAC be
amended to enable regional organizations whose members are
only sovereign States to accede to the TAC.

In this connection, the Ministry wishes to point out that
since in its current form, the TAC allows for accession by
States only, amending the TAC through a Third Protocol is
necessary to enable regional organizations whose members are
only sovereign States to accede to the TAC. Such amendment
requires the concurrence of all current 26 High Contracting
Parties, of which to date 20 High Contracting Parties have
given written notification of their concurrence. The
Ministry is therefore circulating the draft Third Protocol as
appears in the Attachment and would highly appreciate it if
the Embassy would be so kind as to forward the attached draft
Third Protocol to the Government of the United States of
America for its favorable consideration. Further relevant
background information on developments regarding amending the
TAC is enclosed herewith for perusal.

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

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, 11 September BE 2552
(2009)
JOHN

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