This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available. S E C R E T RANGOON 000334
STATE FOR EAP/BCLTV, EB/ESC/TFS, EB/EPPD, S/CT, IO/PSC
TREASURY FOR OASIA, OFAC
USPACOM FOR FPA
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/16/2015
SUBJECT: FIGHTING TERRORIST FINANCING IN BURMA
REF: A. STATE 32688
B. 04 RANGOON 384 (NOTAL)
C. 04 RANGOON 305
D. 03 RANGOON 859
Classified By: COM CARMEN MARTINEZ FOR REASONS 1.4 (B,D)
1. (S) The following responds to the questions posed in
reftel regarding the GOB's efforts to combat terrorist
(A) The GOB has not seized, frozen, or forfeited any assets
under UN Security Council Resolutions 1267 or 1373. However,
the GOB issued its required UNSC Resolution 1455 report in
May 2004 and outlined the legal framework in place to protect
against, and punish, terrorist financing and money laundering
(B) Though the GOB has been generally cooperative on
counter-terrorism initiatives, bilateral relations remain
very tenuous. Contacting GOB officials and getting their
expeditious assistance on, or a senior-level commitment to,
any matter can be difficult. In addition, the embassy's
primary liaison to the GOB on terrorism issues -- the former
PM Khin Nyunt's Military Intelligence -- was dismantled in
October 2004, and neither its successor organization nor
other GOB entities have assumed these liaison
(C) Due to U.S. law and policy, the USG may not offer any
direct or indirect assistance to the GOB. GOB officials
tasked with combating terrorist financing, money laundering,
and financial crimes have a very low-level of technical
ability and have requested USG capacity building in the past.
There is a precedent set with the DEA providing limited
information exchange on technical issues with Burmese
counternarcotics police. These efforts have proven quite
successful in expanding local skills and cooperation with
U.S. policy objectives.
(D) "Low." Due to an undeveloped banking sector and tight
government controls on foreign trade and possession of
foreign currency, Burma has a very large and active informal
financial sector, including a vast "hundi" network (refs C
and D). It is thus a potential marketplace for terrorist
financing and money laundering in general. However, while
money laundering is rampant, we have seen no evidence that
any terrorist groups are using Burma's informal financial
sector for raising or banking funds.
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