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Cablegate: Country Clearance to Niue for Noaa Official

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UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000860

SIPDIS

COMMERCE FOR NWS/ROSENZWEIG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA TPHY OTRA KSCA WS NE NZ
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE TO NIUE FOR NOAA OFFICIAL
RICHARD K. NYGARD, OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 29, 2004

REF: USDOC 4832

1. Embassy grants country clearance to Department of
Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
National Weather Service Official Richard K. Nygard to
travel to Alofi, Niue, October 25 - 29, 2004. The purpose
of travel is to re-establish and install Tsunami Tide
System.

2. Embassy understands no assistance is required.

3. Point of contact at Embassy Wellington is Economic
officer Joy Yamamoto. Contact details are as follows:

Office: 644-462-6182
Fax: 644-472-3537
Cell: 027-446-4467
E-mail: yamamotojo@state.gov

Security Assessment
-------------------

4. Niue is a free association territory of New Zealand, on
which it relies for defense and assistance in meeting low-
level security threats. The Embassy is not aware of any
specific threats to U.S. facilities or personnel at this
time in Niue. Visitors to Niue must exercise appropriate
caution and be alert to their surroundings with regard to
their personal security. Suspicious incidents/activities
should be reported to RSO Wellington (Telephone (64)(4) 462-
6000, 24 hours/day).

5. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in
the U.S. and the November 2002 terrorist bombing in Bali,
there has been concern that terrorists might seek to take
advantage of the low level of security maintained in small
island states such as Niue in order to target tourists in
previously safe destinations. Terrorist actions may
include, but are not limited to, suicide operations,
bombings, or kidnapping. Possible threats include
conventional weapons such as explosive devices or non-
conventional weapons, including chemical or biological
agents. Terrorists do not distinguish between official and
civilian targets. Targets may include facilities where
Americans and other foreigners congregate or visit, such as
residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship,
schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events, resorts, and
beaches. U.S. citizens should increase their security
awareness at such locations, avoid them, or switch to other
locations where Americans in large numbers generally do not
congregate.

6. As a result of recent military action in Iraq, there is
a potential for retaliatory actions to be taken against U.S.
citizens and interest throughout the world. Public
demonstrations carry the potential for precipitating
violence directed at American citizens.

7. U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a
heightened state of alert and some have drawn down their
dependents and/or personnel. These facilities may
temporarily close or suspend public services from time to
time for security reasons. In those instances, U.S.
embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide
emergency services to American citizens. Monitor the local
news and maintain contact with the nearest American Embassy
or U.S. Consulate.

8. Crime: Appropriate common sense precautions should be
taken, especially at night, to avoid becoming a target of
opportunity.

9. Weather: Severe cyclones present a threat during the
hurricane season, which is from November to March.

Burnett

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