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Cablegate: Arafat's Deteriorating Health Response - Amembassy

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

291547Z Oct 04

UNCLAS MADRID 004181

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR DS, DS/IP/EUR, CA, M, S/CT, DS/DSS/ITA, SES-O, INR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC CASC PTER
SUBJECT: ARAFAT'S DETERIORATING HEALTH RESPONSE - AMEMBASSY
MADRID

REF: STATE 231686

1. (SBU) In response to REFTEL, the Emergency Action
Committee was consulted regarding specific security concerns
for possible repercussions from the deteriorating health of
Arafat. With many EAC members already committed to outside
meetings during the day, but understanding the necessity of a
prompt response, the EAC was consulted through various
"mini-meetings" as their schedules allowed. The RSO acted as
the liaison and conduit for all responses.

2. (SBU) The State Department Section Head's meeting
discussed REFTEL and concurred that no specific concerns
exist at this time regarding the Subject. RSO contacted ORA,
Legat, DEA, DHS, TSA, and DAO, to discuss the implications
and concerns for security for Mission Spain should Arafat's
health deteriorate and all unanimously expressed the opinion
that the situation does not currently impact on Mission. The
Consul General in Barcelona also provided his input stating
that he views no particular threat or concern at this time
generated from this topic.

3. (U) Mission Spain will continue to monitor the situation
and condition of PLO Chairman Arafat and should any concerns
arise, Mission will immediately notify the Department.
MANZANARES

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