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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Staffdel Thompson

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INFO RUEHDL/AMEMBASSY DUBLIN 0121
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 0321
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SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/WE
STATE FOR H AND RM/F/DFS/FO/AA/CAA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT ASEC OREP SP AFIN
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR STAFFDEL THOMPSON

REF: STATE 134752

1. Embassy warmly welcomes and grants country clearance to
Ms. Mischa Thompson and Ms. Janice Helwig, Staff Advisors for
the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe to
travel to Madrid and Cordoba, Spain on or about October 8 to
October 13. The purpose of the visit is to attend and chair
the OSCE conference on Intolerance and Discrimination Against
Muslims.

2. Marti Estell, Cultural Affairs Officer will be the
Embassy point of contact for this visit. She can be reached
at embassy number 011 34 91-587-2501, blackberry number 011
34 670-915-815. Her email address is EstellME@state.gov.

3. Logistical support will be provided in Madrid and Cordoba
per reftel and email correspondence. Hotel reservations
within perdiem (181.90 euros) have been made in Madrid at the
Intercontinental on Paseo de la Castellana, 49, telephone 34
91 700 7300, fax 34 91 319 5853. Hotel reservations in
Cordoba are at the Hotel Cordoba Center on Avda. de la
Libertad, 4, telephone 34 95 775 8000, fax 34 95 775 8002 at
133.75 euros a night.

4. The control officer will meet and assist upon arrival.

5. Visitors are reminded that bearers of diplomatic and
official passports coming to Spain on official business need
to obtain a Spanish visa prior to arrival to Spain.

6. Post can provide DoS email access via OpenNet
(unclassified system) to State Department travelers who have
active OpenNet accounts. Post can also support users who wish
to access their email accounts using FOBs or OWA. Exchange
5.5 users (ask your system manager to provide Exchange server
version) who have to use remote login to access their
exchange email accounts will need to provide Post,s IM
section with the name of their DoS Domain and their Exchange
Server name and/or IP address.

7. THREAT ASSESSMENT:

In general, Spain is safe. However, Madrid, Barcelona and
other large cities in Spain -- including resort/convention
areas such as Benidorm -- attract a large number of criminals
and pickpockets and frequent incidents of crime of
opportunity against the unwary do occur. Carry only
essential items including a photocopy of your passport's
photo page. Visitors can protect themselves against crime by
being street-smart, alert and aware of their surroundings.
In the event you are victimized by crime, or experience any
security-related incident, please contact the Embassy's
Regional Security Office at 91-587-2550 or after hours at
91-587-2355. Official visitors to the Embassy in Madrid or
the Consulate General in Barcelona are encouraged to receive
a security briefing from the RSO office at their earliest
convenience. Additional information regarding safety and
security in Spain is available on the U.S. Department of
State's website (www.embusa.es).

Travelers are encouraged to review the most recent Worldwide
Caution issued by the Department of State. As the Department
of State continues to develop information on any potential
security threats to Americans overseas, it shares credible
threat information through its Consular Information Program
documents, available on the Internet at
http://travel/state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, U.S. travelers can hear recorded information by
calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at
202-647-5225 from their touch-tone telephone, or receive
information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from
their fax machine.
LLORENS

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