US embassy cable - 01HANOI3308

DISCUSSING TERRORISM IN NORTHEASTERN VIETNAM

Identifier: 01HANOI3308
Wikileaks: View 01HANOI3308 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2001-12-21 09:02:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PTER PREL KPAO OIIP VM CWG
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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2001HANOI03308 - UNCLASSIFIED
 
 
 
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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5069
INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY 
USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI
UNCLAS HANOI 003308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EAP/BCLTV AND EAP/PD 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PTER, PREL, KPAO, OIIP, VM, CWG-PD, CTERR 
SUBJECT:  DISCUSSING TERRORISM IN NORTHEASTERN VIETNAM 
 
REF:  A. HANOI 3282  B. HANOI 3201   C.  HANOI 2885 
 
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1.  DURING OFFICIAL TRAVEL IN TWO NORTHEASTERN PROVINCES -- 
HAI DUONG AND QUANG NINH -- DECEMBER 18-19 (SEPTEL), POL/C 
DISTRIBUTED PAS-PRODUCED "RESPONSE TO TERROR" AND "NETWORK 
OF TERROR" (AS WELL AS OTHER PAS MATERIALS ABOUT THE U.S.), 
EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR GVN COOPERATION AGAINST 
TERRORISM, AND HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OF FURTHER 
STRENGTHENING INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS IN THE ONGOING CAMPAIGN 
AGAINST TERRORISM.  VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HAI DUONG 
PROVINCIAL PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE BUI VAN XUYEN EXPRESSED 
APPRECIATION FOR THE MATERIALS AND REITERATED VIETNAM'S 
OPPOSITION TO TERRORISM AND SUPPORT FOR EFFORTS TO COMBAT 
IT.  HE STRESSED THAT "EVERYONE IN THE WORLD" MUST COOPERATE 
AGAINST TERRORISM AND THAT, IF "TERRORIST GROUPS CONTINUE TO 
OPERATE, THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE."  AT THE SAME TIME, HE 
NOTED THE CONCERN OF THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE OVER POTENTIAL 
COLLATERAL DAMAGE OR INJURY TO INNOCENT CIVILIANS. 
 
2.  VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE QUANG NINH PROVINCIAL PEOPLE'S 
COMMITTEE NGUYEN VAN MIEN CONDEMNED INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM 
IN STRONG TERMS, WHILE CALLING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL 
COMMUNITY TO RESPECT NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY.  HE EXPRESSED 
CONCERN ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR USING THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST 
TERRORISM TO ACHIEVE OTHER GOALS NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO 
COUNTER-TERRORISM, CITING THE SUFFERING OF VIETNAMESE 
CIVILIANS IN WARTIME.  POL/C EMPHASIZED THE CONCERTED 
EFFORTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO MINIMIZE SUCH 
DAMAGE OR INJURIES, AS WELL AS THE ONGOING EFFORTS TO 
PROVIDED MUCH-NEEDED HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE. 
 
3.  BUI HUU THIEM, VICE CHAIRMAN OF MONG CAI TOWN ALONG THE 
CHINESE BORDER, VIGOROUSLY EXPRESSED STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE 
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EFFORTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO COMBAT TERRORISM. 
HE CLAIMED THAT MONG CAI RESIDENTS WERE SHARPLY AWARE OF THE 
DANGERS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AS A RESULT OF EXTENSIVE 
MEDIA COVERAGE AND CLAIMED THAT THEY "HATE BIN LADEN" AND 
THE OTHERS IN HIS ORGANIZATION.  HE NOTED THAT VIETNAM 
PROVIDED NO SAFEHAVEN FOR TERRORISM AND PLEDGED THAT 
"EVERYONE IS SAFE" HERE IN VIETNAM FROM THIS THREAT. 
 
4.  COMMENT:   OFFICIAL INTERLOCUTORS IN THESE PROVINCES 
APPEARED SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN ABOUT THE EXTENT OF VIETNAM'S 
COOPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN THE CAMPAIGN 
AGAINST TERRORISM BUT CLEAR IN GENERAL TERMS ABOUT THE NEED 
FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION.  THE CONCERN FOR CIVILIANS IS 
A RECURRENT REFRAIN IN OFFICIAL GVN STATEMENTS AND REFLECTS 
VIETNAM'S OWN SPECIAL HISTORY WITH BOMBING CAMPAIGNS.  WHILE 
EMBASSY HAS BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH THE SOMETIMES UNBALANCED 
COVERAGE BY THE VIETNAMESE MEDIA OF THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN 
AGAINST AL-QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN, IT APPEARS THAT, EVEN IN 
THE PROVINCES, VIETNAMESE ARE GETTING THE MESSAGE THAT THIS 
CAMPAIGN IS JUST AND NECESSARY AND THAT THEY WELCOME 
COOPERATION TOWARD THIS EFFORT.  PAS-PRODUCED MATERIALS WILL 
BE VALUABLE IN DEEPENING THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT 
SITUATION AND US-LED EFFORTS. 
BURGHARDT 
 
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