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Cablegate: Pm Dung to Attend Nuclear Summit Meeting in April 2010

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DE RUEHHI #0877 2940804
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 210804Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0347
INFO RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY 0138

UNCLAS HANOI 000877

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS
MLS/EAP FOR MARC FORINO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KNNP PGOV VM
SUBJECT: PM DUNG TO ATTEND NUCLEAR SUMMIT MEETING IN APRIL 2010

REF: A. HANOI 1100; B. STATE 106836; C. STATE 104896; D. HANOI 966
E. WHITE HOUSE 9141135; F. WHITE HOUSE 9141133
G. WHITE HOUSE 9111126; H. WHITE HOUSE 9101120

1. (SBU) MFA Director General for International
Organizations Trung told the DCM October 20 that PM Dung would
attend the Summit meeting in Washington in April 2010 because he
recognizes the importance of the issue internationally and the
potential it holds for future U.S.-Vietnamese cooperation.
Currently, the Foreign Ministry (MoFA) is the focal point for
Summit issues and is trying to secure participation from several
other interested GVN agencies. However, MoFA has recommended to
the Prime Minister that focal point responsibility shift to the
Ministry of Science and Technology, given the need for follow up
and the Ministry's technical expertise on the issues. Trung
stressed MoFA would continue to play a "substantial role" between
now and the Summit in April. Trung explained that if the PM does
not decide on the MoFA recommendation before the Sherpa meeting in
early November in Washington, Trung will attend as the GVN Sherpa.

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2. (SBU) In response to MFA/IO's request for details about level of
Sherpas and agendas for the November-December meetings (ref. A),
poloff informed MFA/IO that the majority of Sherpas from other
countries are being represented at a level comparable to the U.S.
Sherpa. Poloff clarified that the list of invited countries is not
tied to the CTBT or to any specific existing list of nations.
Rather, it includes nations with significant material holdings,
nuclear fuel cycle facilities, nuclear energy programs, and
involvement in various international regimes and initiatives, as
well as a need for regional representation. MFA/IO officials
expressed appreciation for the information and reiterated their
request for agendas for the November and December meetings as soon
as they become available.
Michalak

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