Viewing cable 06BRUSSELS493
Title: DEMARCHE TO EC ON HMONG CHILDREN

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06BRUSSELS4932006-02-13 16:49:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brussels
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C O N F I D E N T I A L BRUSSELS 000493 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/13/2016 
TAGS: LA PHUM PREF PREL TH USEU BRUSSELS
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE TO EC ON HMONG CHILDREN 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 19444 
     ¶B. VIENTIANE 00168 
 
Classified By: PRM OFFICER MARC MEZNAR FOR REASONS 1.4 (B & D) 
 
¶1. (SBU) PRM Assistant delivered reftel A. talking points and 
met with the European Commission's, South East Asia 
Administrator at DG RELEX, Ulla Olsson, on February 9. Olsson 
admitted that she had only become aware of the situation 
concerning the Hmong children about a month ago. She 
indicated that there has been much activity on the part of 
the French Embassy in Vientiane since the unfolding of the 
situation and that the Austrian Presidency was relying on the 
existing European presence in Vientiane to take action since 
they have no presence in the country.  The French have taken 
a "soft" approach in their dealings with the Laotian 
government on this issue since they are concerned about the 
potential for a negative reaction. They want to keep the 
dialogue opened until the children are found. 
 
¶2. (C) Olsson indicated that the Laotian government officials 
have come back to the French with the response that they 
don't know exactly where the Hmong children are located at 
this time but once they are found they are willing to allow 
access. She indicated that this situation is difficult 
because the Hmong children lack official identity documents. 
She was in agreement that the international community should 
be allowed access to ensure the health and safety of the 
Hmong children pending resolution of their status. She also 
indicated that she had heard through her channels that there 
was an offer from the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane to shelter 
the children once they are found. 
 
¶3. (C) Olsson stated that the EU is concerned about the 
situation. She informed me that she anticipated a EU Troika 
demarche to Thailand would be released by the Council as 
early as Friday, February 10. This demarche is an attempt to 
find out why the Thai government deported the Hmong children 
to Laos and to open a dialogue to find a solution.  Reftel B. 
confirms that EU demarches were, in fact, delivered to both 
Bangkok and Vientiane on February 10. 
 
Gray 
.