Cablegate: Exbs: Thailand/Vietnam/Cambodia Advisor Monthly
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SUBJECT: EXBS: THAILAND/VIETNAM/CAMBODIA ADVISOR MONTHLY
REPORTING CABLE - OCTOBER 2009
REF: A. BANGKOK 002594
B. HANOI 001198
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1. (U) Advisor met with officials from Thai Customs and the
Ministry of Commerce to discuss proposed activities for FY10.
Advisor also transferred remaining radiation pagers to
Customs. Hanoi Program Assistant coordinated FY10 proposals
for Vietnam. The U.S. Coast Guard conducted WMD Boarding
Officer Courses for the Vietnamese Marine Police in Haiphong
and Phu Quoc, Oct. 12-23. EXBS donated personal radiation
pagers concurrently. Commonwealth Trading Partners (CTP)
conducted a UNSCR 1540 Implementation Workshop in Phnom Penh,
Oct. 14-16. DOE/INECP conducted an Industry Outreach
Seminar with the Thai Ministry of Commerce on Oct. 21. DOE
officials also conducted follow-up meetings concerning
establishment of national Commodity Identification Training
with Thai Customs on Oct. 22. Two Thai and two Cambodian
officials attended the Export Control Academy at the
University of Georgia, Oct. 26 - Nov. 6. Advisor attended
the PSI exercise Deep Sabre II in Singapore, Oct. 27-30. DEA
chemical analysis equipment has been shipped to Vietnam's
Ministry of Public Security. EXBS will complete the grant
documentation and provide WMD technical training.
SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS
2. (U) Advisor met with officials from Thai Customs and the
Ministry of Commerce to discuss proposed EXBS activities for
FY10. Officials were very cordial and appreciative of U.S.
assistance. Both organizations agreed with activities as
planned. Advisor also briefed training proposals to members
of post's Law Enforcement Working Group (LEWG). Post
concurred with training plan (see REFTEL).
3. (U) Hanoi Program Assistant and POLOFF finalized
coordination of FY10 Vietnam EXBS program proposals with
Customs and post law enforcement agencies. No significant
changes were requested.
4. (U) Advisor met with Australian embassy POLOFF responsible
for nonproliferation issues on Oct. 8. Advisor discussed
Thai progress on export control and border and port security
over the past two years, and provided an information paper on
EXBS program assistance. Australia does not currently have
any export control or border security assistance activities
planned in Thailand, but is more than willing to assist as
able. (Officials from DOE's International Nonproliferation
Export Control Program (INECP) are currently coordinating
with Australia for an instructor for a workshop in Hanoi in
5. (U) Advisor and DOE/INECP officials conducted follow-up
meetings concerning establishment of a Thai national
Commodity Identification Training (CIT) program with Customs
officials on Oct. 22. Thai officials agreed to move ahead
with the program, using 2010 for planning and beginning
implementation in 2011. The next coordination meeting is
tentatively planned for Feb., in conjunction with another CIT
6. (U) Advisor attended the Proliferation Security Initiative
(PSI) exercise Deep Sabre II in Singapore, Oct. 27-30.
Advisor also visited the main office of the "ReCAAP" program
(Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed
Robbery against Ships in Asia). Potential opportunities for
regional EXBS support include Singapore's Changi Command and
Control Center Information Fusion Center (CC2C IFC), ReCAAP,
the Asian Heads of Coast Guards forum and Japanese Coast
Guard programs, though all will have to be tailored to meet
political and other constraints.
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7. (U) The U.S. Coast Guard conducted WMD Boarding Officer
Courses for the Vietnamese Marine Police (VMP) in Haiphong
and Phu Quoc, Oct. 12-23. Approximately 45 officers
participated. This was the first training activity under the
recently-established USCG-VMP Partnership Program. Future
training events will include appropriate interagency
participation. Further details were provided in reference b.
8. (U) Commonwealth Trading Partners (CTP) conducted a UNSCR
1540 Implementation Workshop in Phnom Penh, Oct. 14-16.
Eighteen senior officials from the National Counterterrorism
Committee, Ministry of Commerce, Customs and ports
participated. This was the second event in Cambodia's
nascent EXBS program, following a Senior Policy Exchange in
Washington last May, and will help place in context
subsequent enforcement training planned for 2010.
9. (U) Officials from DOE/INECP conducted an Industry
Outreach Seminar with the Thai Ministry of Commerce on Oct.
21. Approximately 150 representatives from Thai industry
participated. Prominent sectors included chemicals,
electronics, metals and freight forwarders; academics and
related government agencies also attended. Japan will be
sponsoring another outreach event in February. Advisor will
work with Ministry of Commerce counterparts to prepare a
draft National Control List in time for the next EXBS
industry outreach seminar, tentatively scheduled for August
10. (U) Two officials each from Thailand and Cambodia
attended the Export Control Academy at the University of
Georgia, Oct. 26 - Nov. 6. Thai officials were from the
Office of Atoms for Peace and National Intelligence Agency;
Cambodian officials were from the National Counterterrorism
Committee and Customs.
11. (U) Radiation pagers were donated to Thai Customs in
conjunction with an FY10 training coordination meeting on
12. (U) Distribution of radiation pagers to the Vietnamese
Marine Police occurred during the Boarding Officer Courses.
USCG trainers provided operator training and included the
devices in boarding procedures.
IMMINENT TRAINING/EQUIPMENT UPDATE
13. (U) Thai and Vietnam Program Assistants will be out of
country Nov. 17-27 for the annual EXBS LES Conference in
Frankfurt, GE. Advisor will be in U.S. on annual leave, Nov.
24 - Dec. 3.
14. (U) Chemical analysis equipment from the Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA) has been shipped to the Vietnam Ministry of
Public Security's Forensic Science Institute. EXBS will
complete the grant documentation and provide WMD technical
15. (U) Other pending actions include the final phase of
Vietnam's Tracker Demonstration Project and a visit by
Vietnamese officials to Korea for briefings on the YesTrade
export control system.
16. (U) None.
17. (U) Points of contact for the EXBS Program are: William
Comley, Regional Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org, (66-2)
205-4621; Kamolrat Chotesungnoen (Dao), Thai Program
Assistant, Kamolrat@state.gov, (66-2) 205-4403; Nguyen Thi
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Huong Giang, Vietnam Program Assistant, NguyenGH@state.gov,