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05HANOI1666
2005-06-27 07:57:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Hanoi
Cable title:  

DPRK Asylum-seekers Depart Hanoi

Tags:   PREL  PREF  ASEC  KN  KS  TH  VM  DPRK 
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						UNCLAS HANOI 001666 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PREF ASEC KN KS TH VM DPRK
SUBJECT: DPRK Asylum-seekers Depart Hanoi

Ref: Hanoi 1400 and previous



1. (SBU) ROK Embassy First Secretary (Political) Lee Kang-
kuk confirmed June 27 that the seven North Korean asylum-
seekers in the Thai Embassy departed Hanoi for Seoul via
Bangkok on June 23. According to Lee, the RTG provided the
seven with travel documents in the form of "Emergency
Certificates" that facilitated their departure from Vietnam
and entry into Thailand. An ROK Embassy representative met
the seven at the airport in Bangkok and provided them with
travel documents for the Bangkok-Seoul leg.



2. (SBU) Lee credited the GVN with playing a positive and
"non-obstructive" role, adding that the GVN officials in
contact with the ROK Embassy supported the ROKG's position
that getting the seven out of Vietnam and on to a third
country was Thailand's responsibility. The ROKG also
appreciated the role the UNHCR played in initially
interviewing the asylum-seekers, Lee said. Towards the end,
however, there were some hard feelings between Thailand and
the ROK over which side would pay for the asylum-seekers'
tickets, Lee noted. In the end, the RTG paid for the Hanoi-
Bangkok leg and the ROKG paid for the Bangkok-Seoul tickets.

BOARDMAN