Viewing cable 02HANOI2865
Title: RESTRICTIONS ON US NGOS IN CENTRAL HIGHLANDS?

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02HANOI28652002-11-29 09:36:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Hanoi
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SUBJECT:  RESTRICTIONS ON US NGOS IN CENTRAL HIGHLANDS? 
 
REF:  HANOI 2694 
 
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¶1.  (SBU)  IN A DISCUSSION WITH AMBASSADOR NOVEMBER 25, 
PRESIDENT OF THE VIETNAM UNION OF FRIENDSHIP ORGANIZATIONS 
(AND DELEGATE TO THE 11TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY) VU XUAN HONG 
DENIED REPORTS THAT HE HAD RECOMMENDED A BAN ON US NGOS 
AND/OR RELIGIOUS NGOS FROM OPERATING IN THE CENTRAL 
HIGHLANDS.  HE DID NOT, HOWEVER, DENY THE EXISTENCE OF SUCH 
A RECOMMENDATION TO THE PRIME MINISTER, BUT IMPLIED THAT NO 
FORMAL DECISION HAD BEEN REACHED. 
 
¶2.  (SBU)  ECHOING COMMENTS MADE ON NOVEMBER 6 TO MINISTER 
FOR ETHNIC MINORITIES KSOR PHUOC (REFTEL), AMBASSADOR 
REITERATED THAT ANY SUCH DECISION TO BAN THESE NGOS WOULD 
UNHELPFULLY REFLECT A "MISTRUST" OF THE U.S. AND WOULD RUN 
COUNTER TO THE EFFORTS OF BOTH GOVERNMENTS TO CONTINUE THE 
PROCESS OF FULL NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS.  HE EMPHASIZED 
THE POSITIVE ROLE THAT SUCH ORGANIZATIONS COULD PLAY IN 
FURTHERING THE HUMANITARIAN OBJECTIVES OF BOTH GOVERNMENTS 
TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE RESIDENTS OF THESE AREAS.  HE 
URGED THAT THE GVN NOT IMPOSE ANY SUCH BAN, AND INSTEAD WORK 
TO CREATE CONDITIONS THAT WOULD ENABLE SUCH ASSISTANCE 
PROGRAMS IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS TO OPERATE EFFECTIVELY. 
 
¶3.  (SBU)  COMMENT:  WE CONTINUE TO HEAR THAT SUCH A 
DECISION IS IN THE WORKS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO VOICE OUR 
CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEGATIVE AND COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE EFFECT 
SUCH A STEP WOULD HAVE NOT ONLY IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE 
FOR THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS SPECIFICALLY, BUT ALSO IN BROADER 
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE BILATERAL RELATIONS. 
BURGHARDT 
 
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