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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Usosce

VZCZCXRO7535
RR RUEHLA
DE RUEHMD #2160 3320652
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 280652Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3858
INFO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 1017
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 1462
RUEHRB/AMEMBASSY RABAT 6066
RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA 3187
RUEHCL/AMCONSUL CASABLANCA 1538
RUEHMZ/AMCONSUL MUNICH 0797

UNCLAS MADRID 002160

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/WE
H AND RM/F/DFS/FO/AA/CAA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT ASEC OREP OTRA SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR USOSCE

REF: USOSCE 0444

1. Embassy grants country clearance and warmly welcomes the
USOSCE delegation on reftel to travel to Madrid, Spain on or
about November 26 to November 30. The purpose of travel is
to attend the OSCE Ministerial Council.

2. Kevan Higgins is the point of contact and can be reached
at embassy number 34 91 587 2392, blackberry number 649 420
787 and email address is HigginsKP@state.gov. Omar Bsaies,
General Services Officer is the Admninistrative contact and
can be reached at embassy number 34 91 587 2223, blackberry
number 620 74 3446 and email address is BsaiesOA@state.gov.

3. Hotel reservations have been made at the Gran Melia Fenix
on Hermosilla, 2 telephone number is 34 91 431 6700 and fax
number is 34 91 576 0661. The room rate is $280 and it does
not include the breakfast buffett.

4. Visitors are reminded that bearers of diplomatic and
official passports coming to Spain on official business need
to obtain a Spanish visa prior to arrival to Spain.

5. Post can provide DoS email access via OpenNet
(unclassified system) to State Department travelers who have
active OpenNet accounts. Post can also support users who wish
to access their email accounts using FOBs or OWA. Exchange
5.5 users (ask your system manager to provide Exchange server
version) who have to use remote login to access their
exchange email accounts will need to provide Post,s IM
section with the name of their DoS Domain and their Exchange
Server name and/or IP address.

6. THREAT ASSESSMENT:

In general, Spain is safe. However, Madrid, Barcelona and
other large cities in Spain -- including resort/convention
areas such as Benidorm -- attract a large number of criminals
and pickpockets and frequent incidents of crime of
opportunity against the unwary do occur. Carry only
essential items including a photocopy of your passport's
photo page. Visitors can protect themselves against crime by
being street-smart, alert and aware of their surroundings.
In the event you are victimized by crime, or experience any
security-related incident, please contact the Embassy's
Regional Security Office at 91-587-2550 or after hours at
91-587-2355. Official visitors to the Embassy in Madrid or
the Consulate General in Barcelona are encouraged to receive
a security briefing from the RSO office at their earliest
convenience. Additional information regarding safety and
security in Spain is available on the U.S. Department of
State's website (www.embusa.es).

Travelers are encouraged to review the most recent Worldwide
Caution issued by the Department of State. As the Department
of State continues to develop information on any potential
security threats to Americans overseas, it shares credible
threat information through its Consular Information Program
documents, available on the Internet at
http://travel/state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, U.S. travelers can hear recorded information by
calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at
202-647-5225 from their touch-tone telephone, or receive
information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from
their fax machine.
LLORENS

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