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Cablegate: Burma: Welcome Cable for Staffdel Grove

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DE RUEHGO #0852 3080850
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 030850Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY RANGOON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8343
INFO RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 2731
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 1613
RUEHKL/AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR 1727
RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 6569
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 6263
RUEHDN/AMCONSUL SYDNEY 0253

UNCLAS RANGOON 000852

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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR H/PAUL RADEMACHER AND EAP/MLS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN BM
SUBJECT: BURMA: WELCOME CABLE FOR STAFFDEL GROVE

REF: STATE 115338

1. Embassy Rangoon warmly welcomes the November 8-10
visit to Burma by Mr. Paul Grove from the Senate
Appropriations Committee and Mr. Paul Rademacher from H.
Post has forwarded a draft itinerary via unclassified
email.

2. Embassy control officer is Political/Economic Chief
Jennifer Harhigh, Telephone: (95-1) 536-509 x 4224, Fax:
(95-1) 535-756, Cellular: 0951-24327, E-mail:
HarhighJA@state.gov; assisted by Ethan Tidwell Political/
Economic Section, Telephone: (95-1) 536-509 x 4091, Fax:
(95-1) 535-756, Cellular: 0951-37419, E-mail:
TidwellJE@state.gov.

3. Hotel and Airport Transfer: Reservations have been made
at the Savoy Hotel in Rangoon for the night of November 9,
and 10, 2008 for a non-smoking room at US$60 net with
breakfast (129 Dhammazedi Road, Rangoon, Burma Tel: (95-1)
256-289 Fax: (95-1) 524-891). Embassy Rangoon will pay room
charges. You will be met at the airport by control officer
and expeditor.

4. Burma Security Threat Assessment: Visitors to Burma
should practice heightened security awareness and avoid
crowded public places, including demonstrations, large
public gatherings, and any area cordoned off by security
forces. Official travelers can assume their actions in
Burma are being closely monitored, particularly in hotel
lobbies and rooms, when meeting Burmese citizens, and when
using the telephone. Official visitors may not travel
outside of Rangoon without Embassy approval. Local traffic
can be confusing and hazardous; post recommends using taxis
or rental cars with drivers when possible. Visitors should
protect their valuables at all times while in public.
Available medical care is not up to U.S. standard.

5. Action Request: Post requests security clearance
information for Mr. Paul Grove.
DINGER

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