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Cablegate: Exbs: Thailand/Vietnam/Cambodia Advisor Monthly

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FM AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9927
RHMFIUU/US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WASHINGTON DC
RHMCSUU/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
RHMFIUU/COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE
RUCNEXC/EXPORT CONTROL AND RELATED BORDER SECURITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
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RUEAWJL/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON DC
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC
RUWDQAA/COGARD FEACT YOKOTA AB JA

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BANGKOK 000367

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR ISN/ECC JFRIEDMAN, ACHURCH, ROWEN, LSPRINGER,
EAP/MLS DSMITH, MFORINO, AWEST
CBP/INA FOR BMCCRAY
DEPT OF ENERGY FOR NNSA TPERRY
AMEMBASSY HANOI FOR JBOCKLAGE
AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR FOR MMCNAMARA
AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH FOR MSWEENEY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KNNP KSTC MNUC PARM PREL TH VN CB
SUBJECT: EXBS: THAILAND/VIETNAM/CAMBODIA ADVISOR MONTHLY
REPORTING CABLE - JANUARY 2010

SUMMARY

1. (U) Advisor participated in a Thai Office of the Narcotics
Control Board (ONCB) border trip to Chiang Mai, Jan. 11-13.
Advisor met with Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTArF) Director,
Department of Border Affairs, on Jan. 15 regarding December's
International Border Interdiction Training (IBIT) in McAllen,
TX. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted an
Export Control Enforcement Workshop in Hanoi, Jan. 19-22.
Advisor briefed Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials
on EXBS program activities on Jan. 20. Advisor attended a
World Customs Organization (WCO) awards ceremony at Royal
Thai Customs Headquarters on Jan. 26. Advisor met with
officials from Thailand's Internal Security Operations
Command (ISOC) on Jan. 28. The Department of Energy (DOE)
will conduct a Commodity Identification Training (CIT)
workshop in Cambodia, Feb. 17-19. Royal Thai Customs
requested postponement of the initial National Commodity
Identification Training workshop. Advisor and DEA Attache
Hanoi are coordinating a hand-over ceremony in March for
chemical analysis equipment for Vietnam's Ministry of Public
Security.

SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS

2. (U) Advisor participated in a Thai Office of the Narcotics
Control Board (ONCB) border trip to Chiang Mai, Jan. 11-13.
Twenty-six foreign law enforcement attaches from thirteen
countries and thirty-two Thai officials from the ONCB, Police
Narcotics Suppression Bureau, Customs and Anti-Money
Laundering Office participated. Advisor discussed common
interdiction interests in both counterdrug and
nonproliferation programs, and will follow up in planning for
EXBS airport interdiction and national commodity
identification training programs.

3. (U) Advisor met with RTArF LTG Nipat Thonglek, Director,
Department of Border Affairs, on Jan. 15 regarding December's
International Border Interdiction Training (IBIT) in McAllen,
TX. LTG Nipat had shared information during the IBIT
training regarding the North Korean weapons seizure four days
before. He is also influential in all border security
issues. He expressed his appreciation for the training, and
was particularly impressed by the interagency cooperation he
observed in conducting border security operations. He said
he was interested in arranging a briefing for the Chief of
Defense Forces. Advisor will continue to follow up.

4. (U) Advisor briefed Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
officials on EXBS program activities on Jan. 20. They were
pleased with the assistance being provided. This year will
likely be favorable for nonproliferation cooperation, as
Vietnam has just assumed the ASEAN Chair from Thailand, and
it is also the fifteenth anniversary of the restoration of
US-Vietnam diplomatic relations, which the government hopes
to highlight via various diplomatic activities.

5. (U) Advisor and post CBP Attache attended a World Customs
Organization (WCO) awards ceremony at Royal Thai Customs
Headquarters on Jan. 26. Customs attaches from Australia,
Japan, the United Kingdom and New Zealand also attended.
Advisor met several EXBS contacts.

6. (U) Advisor met with officials from Thailand's Internal
Security Operations Command (ISOC) on Jan. 28. ISOC is the
inter-agency organization responsible for security issues,
and reports to the Prime Minister. ISOC was recently given
responsibility for nonproliferation security issues, so our
background information was much appreciated. ISOC is
sympathetic to the security rationale for strategic trade
management, and as a senior-level body can be useful in
promulgating government policy decisions. We will continue
to solicit ISOC participation in EXBS activities.

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TRAINING CONDUCTED

7. (U) ICE conducted an Export Control Enforcement Workshop
in Hanoi, Jan. 19-22. Thirty-four officials from Vietnamese
Customs, Border Army, Ministry of Public Security (MPS),
Marine Police and Supreme People's Procuracy attended. This
was the first time a significant number of MPS and Procuracy
officials had participated in an EXBS event, creating
significant new links to the law enforcement and justice
sectors. ICE Attaches from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City also
attended.

EQUIPMENT DELIVERED

8. (U) None.

IMMINENT TRAINING/EQUIPMENT UPDATE

9. (U) DOE will conduct a Commodity Identification Training
(CIT) workshop in Cambodia, Feb. 17-19. The Cambodian Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, and U.S.
Ambassador, will deliver opening remarks.

10. (U) Advisor and DEA Attache Hanoi are coordinating a
hand-over ceremony in March for DEA chemical analysis
equipment for Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security. EXBS
provided support in the foreign grant assistance process.
EXBS will also coordinate with DOE for WMD technical training
for MPS Forensic Institute technicians.

11. (U) Royal Thai Customs requested postponement of the
initial National Commodity Identification Training workshop
in order to better organize and prepare for the project. This
should not significantly affect implementation of the
program.

12. (U) The final phase of Vietnam's Tracker Demonstration
Project has been postponed pending approval of VAT exemption
for grant assistance by the GVN. A visit by Vietnamese
officials to Korea for briefings on the YesTrade export
control system is still being planned.

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS

13. (U) None.

14. (U) Points of contact for the EXBS Program are: William
Comley, Regional Advisor, comleywa@state.gov, (66-2)
205-4621; Kamolrat Chotesungnoen (Dao), Thai Program
Coordinator, Kamolrat@state.gov, (66-2) 205-4403; and Nguyen
Thi Huong Giang, Vietnam Program Coordinator,
NguyenGH@state.gov, (84-4) 3850-6241.
JOHN

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