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Cablegate: Country Clearance Granted to Codel Dreier, November 23,

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6635
INFO RUEHSQ/AMEMBASSY SKOPJE 7241
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN MIK YI PK AF FI
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO CODEL DREIER, NOVEMBER 23,
2006

REF: SECSTATE 175203

1. US Office Pristina welcomes and grants country clearance to
Representative David Dreier, Chairman - House Rules Committee, Brad
Smith, Professional Staff Member and LTC Paul Kennedy, Lead Military
Planner, to visit Pristina November 23, 2006. The purpose of the
visit is to conduct meetings with Parliamentarians and staff in
conjunction with the purpose of the House Democracy Assistance
Commission. Logistical Control Officer for this visit will be
Management Officer Bob Ruehle, who can be reached at: office
381-38-549-516 ext. 3233; GSM 377-44-502-115; fax 381-38-549-890.
Control Officer for Kosovo Assembly meetings will be Political
Officer AJ Rei-Perrine, who can be reached at: office 381-38-549-516
ext. 3195 ; GSM 377-44-500-972; fax 381-38-549-890.

2. Kosovo is a cash (Euro) economy. There are a few operating
ATMs. A few large stores and some hotels take credit cards. Not all
ATMS are reliable and personnel should use normal ATM safety
precautions. TDY personnel should bring sufficient cash or
travelers' checks to cover all hotel and other incidental expenses
and may exchange dollars for Euros from 9:00am-11:30am and
1:00pm-3:30pm each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and
9:00am-11:30am each Thursday at the U.S. Office cashier. Only USOP
accepts travelers' checks. Reverse accommodation is available at
the end of the visit.

3. Security issues: The security situation in Kosovo is fluid and
there is still risk from occasional episodes of violence; incidents
of ethnic violence continue to occur. Land mines remain in some
outlying areas. Civil society institutions generally do not yet
meet Western standards. There is criminal activity against
internationals, including purse snatching and residential break-ins
and general precautions are recommended. KFOR is deployed
throughout Kosovo. Electronic devices such as laptops (personal or
official), PDA cell phones with cameras, and the like must be
approved for use in USOP facilities by an ISSO in consultation with
the RSO.

4. Travel to certain areas within Kosovo province requires fully
armored vehicles and advance RSO approval. To facilitate planning,
please provide travel itinerary to USOP in advance of arrival, as
same-day travel can be difficult to arrange. To provide appropriate
access to USOP facilities, visitors must ensure all necessary
security clearances are included with travel messages.

5. Please ensure ASEC tags are included to ensure proper
distribution. Specific questions regarding security may be
addressed to USOP's RSO or your control officer.

KAIDANOW

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