US embassy cable - 01HANOI2139

ARAFAT RECEIVES SRV SUPPORT

Identifier: 01HANOI2139
Wikileaks: View 01HANOI2139 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2001-08-30 09:08:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PINS PINR KPAL IS VM
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

300908Z Aug 01

2001HANOI02139 - CONFIDENTIAL
 
 
 
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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3821
INFO AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM 
AMEMBASSY BEIJING 
AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 
AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 
AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR 
AMEMBASSY DHAKA 
SECDEF WASHDC
USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI
C O N F I D E N T I A L HANOI 002139 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EAP/BCLTV, INR/EAP, NEA/IAI, 
SECDEF FOR ISA/EA/LSTERN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:08/30/11 
TAGS: PREL, PINS, PINR, KPAL, IS, VM 
SUBJECT: ARAFAT RECEIVES SRV SUPPORT 
 
 
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1.  (U) CLASSIFIED BY ROBERT C. PORTER, CHARGE D'AFFAIRES, 
REASON 1.5(D). 
 
2.  (C) SUMMARY:  A BRIEF VISIT TO HANOI BY YASSER ARAFAT 
ON AUGUST 24 WAS APPARENTLY AIMED AT SHORING UP SUPPORT 
FOR PALESTINIAN POSITIONS IN THE WAKE OF ESCALATING 
VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.  VIETNAM REAFFIRMED ITS 
GENERAL SUPPORT AND EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE VIOLENCE, 
BUT BROKE NO NEW GROUND.  END SUMMARY. 
 
3. (U) YASSER ARAFAT STOPPED IN HANOI ON AUGUST 24 AS 
PART OF A SWING THROUGH ASIA, DESCRIBED AS AN EFFORT TO 
GATHER SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIAN POSITIONS.  HE APPARENTLY 
HAD ONLY ONE OFFICIAL MEETING, WITH SRV PRIME MINISTER 
PHAN VAN KHAI, WHO REAFFIRMED THE SRV'S POSITION THAT THE 
PARTY, STATE, AND VIETNAMESE PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE THEIR 
LONG-STANDING SUPPORT FOR THE PALESTINIAN POSITIONS, 
INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT STATE. 
ACCORDING TO LOCAL PRESS COVERAGE, KHAI ALSO CONFIRMED 
SRV SUPPORT FOR UN RESOLUTIONS 242 AND 338 AND EXPRESSED 
CONCERN OVER THE ESCALATING VIOLENCE.  VIETNAM 
TELEVISION, IN ITS AUGUST 24 NEWS SUMMARY, CRITICIZED THE 
BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR ITS SUPPORT OF ISRAEL. 
 
4. (C) MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WESTERN AFRICA AND 
ASIA DEPARTMENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR DOAN NGOC BOI DESCRIBED 
ARAFAT'S DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AS FRIENDLY 
BUT DID NOT OFFER MANY DETAILS.  HE NOTED THAT THE SRV'S 
SUPPORT FOR ARAFAT AND THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE IS LONG- 
STANDING.  BOI COMMENTED THAT THE SRV IS ESPECIALLY 
CONCERNED ABOUT ISRAEL'S USE OF HEAVY WEAPONS IN CIVILIAN 
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AREAS UNDER THE PRETEXT OF SECURITY.  HE STATED THAT THE 
PALESTINIANS WERE READY FOR PEACE AND IT WAS UP TO ISRAEL 
TO MAKE ADDITIONAL CONCESSIONS.  BOI ALSO CHARGED THAT 
THE US WAS "BIASED" TOWARDS ISRAEL.  HE ALSO NOTED THAT 
ARAFAT SEEMED PESSIMISTIC AND CONCERNED AND HAD MENTIONED 
THE NEED FOR INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS. 
 
5. (C) BOI ALSO DESCRIBED ISRAEL-VIETNAM RELATIONS AS 
"NORMAL" AND SAID THAT NEGOTIATIONS FOR A BILATERAL TRADE 
AGREEMENT ARE PROCEEDING.  HE ADDED THAT HE DID NOT 
EXPECT VIETNAM TO OPEN AN EMBASSY IN ISRAEL WITHIN THE 
NEXT 5 YEARS, HOWEVER. 
 
6. (C) ISRAELI AMBASSADOR AMIKAM LEVY TOLD POLOFF AUGUST 
29 THAT THE ENTIRE ARAFAT VISIT OCCURRED AT THE HANOI 
AIRPORT AND LASTED ONLY ABOUT ONE HOUR.  HE ADDED THAT 
ARAFAT HAD VISITED VIETNAM AT LEAST 10 TIMES IN THE PAST 
AND KNOWS THAT HE WILL ALWAYS BE WARMLY RECEIVED HERE. 
 
7. (C)  COMMENT:  ARAFAT'S BRIEF VISIT TO HANOI APPEARS 
NOT TO HAVE BROKEN ANY NEW GROUND BUT ONLY FURTHER 
DEMONSTRATED THE LONG-STANDING SYMPATHY AND GOOD 
RELATIONS BETWEEN THE SRV AND THE PALESTINIANS. 
END COMMENT 
PORTER 
 
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