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Cablegate: Request for Security Survey of Refugee Site In

VZCZCXYZ0011
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #9197 3122114
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 072109Z NOV 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS PRIORITY 6160

UNCLAS STATE 119197

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC PREF SY
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR SECURITY SURVEY OF REFUGEE SITE IN
DAMASCUS

1. In anticipation of Department of Homeland Security(DHS)
interviews of refugees in a new processing location in
Damascus, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
(PRM) and DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
request that RSO provide a security evaluation of the
processing site. We anticipate the contractors will conclude
their work on Saturday, November 8. We appreciate Post's
support of this project and note previous efforts to conclude
the security survey.

2. Please evaluate the office of UNHCR, Kafar Suseh,
Abdullah Bin Rawtha St., Damascus, Syria (Tel: 963 11
2139961/2/3, Fax 963 11 213 9929, Email syrdapiu(at)unhcr.org)

3. Six to seven officers will be interviewing 650 cases
(1800 individuals) during the months of November and
December 2008. Additional 10-week/eight officer interview
schedules are planned for each quarter in 2009.

4. If RSO Damascus has any questions about the proposed
survey, please contact PRM's Admissions Refcoord Rusty
Ingraham at IngrahamRP@state.gov or PRM Program Officer
Simone Heinlein at HeinleinSG@state.gov.

5. This request is made in conjunction with DS/IP/NEA.
RICE

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