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Cablegate: Spain Bios On New Foreign Affairs And

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 04 MADRID 001620

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREL SP PSOE
SUBJECT: SPAIN BIOS ON NEW FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND
DEFENSE OFFICIALS

1. (U) Summary: This is the second of a three
part series on new top-level officials in the
Spanish government. Biographical information on
officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
the Ministry of the Defense is provided. See
septels for bios on the Office of the President,
and Ministries of the Presidency, Defense,
Interior and Justice. End Summary.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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2. (SBU) The following officials have been named
to senior MFA positions. (Note: GOS secretaries
of state are the rough equivalent of USG under
secretaries. GOS under secretaries are roughly

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assistant secretary equivalents. GOS directors
general are roughly PDAS equivalents. End Note)

(A) BERNARDINO LEON GROSS - Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs and Latin America (He will
essentially serve as the number two in the MFA,
in the way that Ramon Gil Casares did in the
previous government)

Bernardino Leon was born in Mlaga in 1964. He
has a degree in law from the University of
Madrid, and did post-graduate studies in
international relations at King's College and the
Sorbonne.

Leon joined the Spanish diplomatic corps in 1990.
He was chief of cabinet for the president of the
Quincentennary Commission and was involved in the
organization of the first Latin American Summits.

He was charge de affaires in Monrovia and consul
general in Algeria (1992-95). In 1995 he was
appointed minister counselor in Athens in charge
of European and Balkan affairs.

Later, Leon joined Miguel Angel Moratinos,
Spain's former envoy to the Middle East and
current Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the
European Union. Since September 2001 he has been
the director of the Foundation of Three Cultures.
This Foundation studies relations between
traditional Jewish, Arab, and Christian
communities in Spain.

Leon speaks excellent English.

(B) ALBERTO NAVARRO GONZALEZ - Secretary of State
for the European Union

Navarro was born March 1955 in Santa Cruz de
Tenerife. He holds a degree in law. He entered
the diplomatic service in April 1980. He has
served in Honduras, Czechoslovakia, and in the
Spain's Mission to the European Community (EC).
He served as deputy director general for the
coordination of EC Cooperation Programs, director
general of EC Institutional and Judicial
Coordination, and director general/chief of
cabinet for the minister of foreign affairs. In
1997, Navarro became director of the Department
for the Humanitarian Aid of the European
Community (ECHO). Later, he was Javier Solana's
chief of cabinet. Since September 2003, Navarro
has served as ambassador and chief of the
European Commission delegation in Brazil.

(C) LOUIS CALVO MERINO - Under Secretary of
Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

Calvo, born in 1948 in Malaga, holds a degree in
law, philosophy, and letters. He entered the
diplomatic corps in 1980. Calvo has been
secretary general of the Institute of Latin

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American Cooperation, consul general in Havana,
deputy director general of legislative procedures
in the State Secretariat for the Relations with
Spanish Parliament. In 1991, he was named
ambassador to Kenya. In May 1994, he served as
director general of Conscientious Objection in
the Ministry of Justice and Interior. Later he
served as assistant permanent representative for
international organizations in Vienna and consul
general in Frankfurt. Calvo last served as
inspector general of services for the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.

(D) JAVIER DE SANCHO VELAZQUEZ - Director of the
Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

De Sancho, born May 1964 in Seville, holds a
degree in political science and sociology from
the Complutenese University of Madrid, and a
master's degree in International Relations from
Universite Libre of Brussels.

De Sancho has served in the Office of the
Director General for Environment of the European
Commission. He was a member the European
Parliament. He also served in the European
Union's liaison office to United Nation in New
York. He has been a personal advisor to Miguel
Angel Moratinos when he was the EU's special
representative for the Middle East Peace Process.
De Sancho has also worked in the office of the
Secretary General of the EU Council of Ministers.

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(E) JUAN ANTONIO YANEZ-BARNUEVO - Permanent
Representative to the United Nations

Yan Yanez-Barnuevo was born in 1942 in Seville.
He holds a degree in law from the Complutense
University of Madrid. He entered the diplomatic
service in 1968. Yanez-Barnuevo served in
Spain's diplomatic mission to the United Nations
and the Council of Europe. He was director of
the International Department of the Cabinet of
the President of the Government. In 1991, Yanez-
Barnuevo served as Spain's Ambassador Permanent
Representative to the United Nations. In 1996,
Yanez-Barnuevo was named assistant director of
the Spain's Diplomatic School. In 1998, he was
named ambassador and head of the Spanish
delegation in the Diplomatic Conference of the
United Nations for the creation of the
International Criminal Court. Later, Yanez-
Barneuvo signed on Spain's behalf the Statute of
Rome that established the International Criminal
Court. Since August 2002 Yanez-Barnuevo has been
chief of the Office of the International Legal
Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Yanez-Barnuevo is married and has one son.

(F) INIGO DE PALACIO ESPANA - Deputy Permanent
Representative to the United Nations

De Palacio was born June 1958 in Madrid. He
holds a degree in law from the Complutense
University of Madrid and entered the diplomatic
corps in 1981. He has served in Bolivia and
Morocco. He served as deputy director Land, Air,
and Cooperation in the Office of the Director
General of International Economic Relations,
consul general in Porto Alegre, and advisor at
Spain's Permanent Mission to United Nations in
Geneva. His last post was deputy director
general of United Nations of the Coordination
Unit for Spain's Participation in the UN Security
Council.

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Ministry of Defense
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3. (SBU) The following are new officials in the
Ministry of Defense:

(A) FRANCISCO PARDO PIQUERAS - Secretary of State
of Defense. (He replaces Fernando Diez-Moreno)

Born in Albacete in 1962, Pardo holds a degree in
law from the University of Murcia and a master's
degree in European Community law from the
University of Castile-La Mancha.

He was chief of cabinet for the Council on
Agriculture and director general of institutional
relations for the Office of the President of
Castile-La Mancha. He was secretary of the Joint
Commission (between the national government and
Castille-La Mancha) and a member of the Committee
of the Regions of the European Union. In 1999,
Pardo became cabinet director of the president of
the government of Castile-La Mancha and, later,
of the presidency. Since July 2003, Pardo has
served as advisor to the President of Castile-La
Mancha. Pardo is married and has two children.

(B) JOSE ALBERTO SAIZ CORTES - Secretary of State
for the Director of the National Center of
Intelligence

Saiz was born the August 1953 in Cuenca. He is a
civil engineer and career civil servant. In
1989, Saiz was assigned to the delegation of
Albacete, where he served as chief of the
department of natural resources.

He was president of the governing board of the
Las Lagunes of Ruidera national park and director
general of nature and environmental affairs for
Ministry of Agriculture and Environment in
Castile-La Mancha. Since July 2003, Saiz has
served as regional minister on industry and
labor. He does not speak English.

(C) FRANCISCO TORRENTE SANCHEZ - Secretary
General for Defense Policy (replaces Javier
Jimenez Ugarte)

Torrente was born in 1944 in Galicia. He
graduated from the Naval War College and is an
electronics specialist. He joined the Spanish
navy in 1956 and became lieutenant junior grade
(JG) in 1961. As lieutenant JG and lieutenant,
Torrente served on board of the destroyers
"Escano" and "Alava," frigate "Vicente Yanez
Pinzon," and the amphibious ship "Castilla." In
1972-1973, Torrente was commanding officer of the
minesweeper "Turia." He was promoted to
lieutenant in 1975 and served as chief of
operations, fleet escort command, and was
commanding officer of the corvette "Diana" in
1982-1983. In 1983, Torrente was promoted to
commander and was appointed commanding officer of
the frigate "Baleares" from 1987-1998. He became
a captain in 1989. Among his shore assignments,
Torrente was professor of electronics at the
Naval Academy, professor of tactics at the Naval
War College, chief of logistics planning section
of the naval staff, and deputy director for
manpower planning and procurement at the Ministry
of Defense. In 1992, Torrente was promoted to
rear admiral and the navy's deputy director for
maintenance. In 1994, he was appointed director
of the military cabinet of the Ministry of
Defense. He became vice-admiral in 1995. In
1997, Torrente was promoted to admiral and
appointed director of defense policy. On
December 15, 2000, Torrente was given his fourth
star and appointed chief of naval staff.

Torrente has been awarded the following national
decorations: One Military Merit Cross, four
Navel Merit Crosses, one Aeronautic Merit Cross,
Grand Cross of St. Hermengelido, Military Merit
Grand Cross and the Naval Merit Grand Cross.

He has also been awarded the following foreign
decorations: U.S. Legion of Merit (Degree of
Commander), French Legion of Honor (Degree of
Commander), Turkish Armed Forces Legion of Merit,
and the Uruguayan Honor to Naval Merit (Grand
Medal).

Admiral Torrente is married and has five
children.

(D) JUSTO TOMAS ZAMBRANA PINEDA - Under Secretary
of Defense

Born March 1947, Zambrana holds a degree in
economic science from the University of Madrid
and a degree in philosophy and letters from the
University of Paris. He was secretary general of
the General Worker's Union (UGT) Executive
Federation of Public Service and its Co-federal
Executive Committee on Institutional Action. He
served as a national deputy for the Socialist
Party for Cuenca in the second, third, and fourth
legislatures. In 1991, Zambrana was named
secretary of state for the public administration.

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In 1995, he became advisor on education and
culture for Castile-La Mancha. Later, he was
advisor on public works. Since April 2001,
Zambrana has served as president of the Economic
and Social Council of Castile-La Mancha.
Zambrana is married with two children.

(D) Jose Luis Fernandez Pena - Director General
of Communications

Born 1963 in Madrid, Fernandez holds a degree in
information sciences from the Complutense
University of Madrid. He worked in Radio
Intercontinental, Radio Exterior de Espana, and
the delgationi of EFE Agency in Castile-La
Mancha. He was also a correspondent for El Pais
in Toledo. In 1990, Fernandez became information
chief of Cadena Ser in Castile-La Mancha. In
1992, when his office became a part of the Press
Office of the Presidency, Fernandez became press
chief. Since 1999, Fernandez has been director
general of communications for the government of
Castile-La Mancha.
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