Viewing cable 06JAKARTA13473
Title: DEMARCHE DELIVERED: ASEAN SUPPORT FOR UNSC

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/13/2016 
TAGS: PREL PHUM UNSC BM ID
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED:  ASEAN SUPPORT FOR UNSC 
RESOLUTION ON BURMA 
 
REF: STATE 197182 
 
Classified By: Political Officer Daniel Turnbull, for reasons 1.4 (b) a 
nd (d). 
 
¶1. (C) We delivered reftel demarche to contacts in the 
Directorate of International Security and Disarmament, which 
handles UNSC issues, and to Gudadi B. Sasongko of the 
Directorate for East Asia and Pacific Affairs in the 
Department of Foreign Affairs (DEPLU) on December 13.  We 
left a copy of the draft resolution with each office. 
Sasongko responded substantively to the demarche.  In 
connection with the demarche, we noted that Indonesian 
Foreign Minister Wirajuda had stated publicly on December 10 
that ASEAN no longer would concern itself with the fate of 
human rights activist Aun San Suu Kyi and had left settlement 
of her case to the United Nations.  We suggested that 
Wirajuda's statement would seem to welcome a UN Security 
Council resolution on Burma. 
 
¶2. (C) Responding to Wirajuda's statement, Sasongko said the 
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was frustrated 
by the lack of progress on Burma, despite repeated efforts 
and an approach which had tried to show "understanding." 
Indonesia was particularly disappointed because of its 
special relationship with Burma, and could not ignore the 
lack of progress.  Sasongko said he personally disagreed with 
the ASEAN decision and believed ASEAN should continue to 
press Burma for reform. 
 
¶3. (C) Sasongko said his office would review the draft text 
and consider whether Indonesia could support it.  Indonesia 
was more inclined to endorse a resolution which pushed Burma 
in the direction of democracy, rather than one which 
sanctioned or ostracized Burma.  That did not mean the 
resolution must be free of criticism, he stressed. 
 
¶4. (C) Sasongko asserted that efforts by Indonesia, ASEAN 
partners and the international community to induce change in 
Burma were failing partly because many countries continued to 
trade with Burma.  Burma had satisfactory relations with 
China, India and Russia, which maintained economic ties with 
Burma.  Thailand and Malaysia did so as well.  This permitted 
the military regime to survive and ignore calls for reform. 
 
¶5. (C) Sasongko related Indonesian plans to use 
military-to-military contacts to try to effect change among 
the Burmese political leadership, since most of them were 
military officers.  During the visit of Indonesian President 
Yudhoyono to Burma in March 2006, the two countries had 
agreed to establish a joint commission for such exchanges. 
The first meeting, scheduled to occur in 2006, had not 
occurred because Burma had not been ready, and had been 
postponed until 2007.  Indonesia continued to hope that this 
approach might bear fruit.  Sasongko noted that the two 
countries had conducted military-to-military exchanges in the 
1980s. 
 
¶6. (C) In regard to Indonesia's upcoming rotation onto the UN 
Security Council, Sasongko said DEPLU had formed a task force 
to review Indonesia's position on all UNSC issues. 
Acknowledging that this probably would not lead to a dramatic 
change in position, he said the Indonesian government was 
conscious of the fact that Indonesia would now be speaking 
not bilaterally but as a representative of the international 
community. 
PASCOE