US embassy cable - 00THEHAGUE1698

CODEL GRAMM

Identifier: 00THEHAGUE1698
Wikileaks: View 00THEHAGUE1698 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy The Hague
Created: 2000-06-08 09:16:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: OREP ASEC EFIN NL EUN
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UNCLAS THE HAGUE 001698 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
CODEL 
 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: OREP, ASEC, EFIN, NL, EUN 
SUBJECT: CODEL GRAMM 
 
 
REF: (A) SECSTATE 104182; (B)Moore-Dombrowski e-mails 
 
 
1.  Post grants country clearance to Codel Gramm. 
Control officer will be Wendy Moore, econ officer, who 
can be reached at (31)(70)310-9273; fax 310-9273; e- 
mail moorewc(AT)state.gov. 
 
 
2.  Hotel reservations have been made for the 
delegation at the Amsterdam Hilton, Apollolaan 138, 
1077 BG Amsterdam, tel.(31)(70)710-6000; fax 
(31)(70)710-9000, for the nights of July 4 and 5.  Room 
rate is 360 DFL per night, (approx USD 155) including 
tax but excluding breakfast.  As the visit coincides 
with a major conference in Amsterdam, no hotels were 
available within per diem rate (USD 109). 
 
 
3.  Proposed schedule for the Codel is as follows: 
 
 
Tuesday, July 4, 2000 
--------------------- 
 
 
1600 Arrive Amsterdam Schiphol Airport via milair; proceed 
to hotel by bus.  Control officer will distribute per diem 
on bus. 
1645 Amsterdam city tour 
1930 Private dinner 
RON Amsterdam 
 
 
Wednesday, July 5, 2000 
----------------------------------------- 
0830 Depart Amsterdam for The Hague by bus 
1000 Arrive at Ministry of Finance for meeting with Finance 
Minister Gerrit Zalm 
1035 Depart for Embassy 
1040 Arrive Embassy; country team brief 
1110 Guided tour of Parliament (Parliament will be in 
recess) 
1200 Depart by bus from Parliament for Ambassador's 
residence 
1215 Lunch with Parliamentarians and senior officials, 
hosted by Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider at Ambassador's 
Residence 
1400 Leave by bus for tour conducted by Ambassador of Dutch 
Golden Age masterpieces at the Mauritshuis Museum 
1500 Shopping and city tour in Delft. 
1715 Depart for Amsterdam 
1830 Arrive hotel; down time 
RON Amsterdam 
 
 
Thursday, 06 July 2000 
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0945 Meet Ambassador Schneider at hotel for tour of 
Rijksmuseum 
1130 Return to hotel 
1200 Lunch with U.S. and Dutch banking community 
1330 Depart for Airport 
1400 Depart for Brussels via milair 
 
 
4.  Threat Assessment for the Netherlands is as follows: 
 
 
The treat to official Americans in the Netherlands is low. 
There are no specific threats or security restrictions in 
place at this time.  However, all Americans should exercise 
caution while traveling abroad, as U.S. citizens are often 
the target of groups demonstrating opposition to U.S. 
foreign policy.  For the latest worldwide terrorism 
advisories, please consult the State Department web page at 
www.state.gov.  A major concern for visitors is crime.  Most 
crimes against Americans are limited to pick-pocketing, 
burglary, vandalism to automobiles, and theft from hotel 
rooms.  Streets can be walked in relative safety, but the 
same amount of caution should be exercised after dark in the 
more populated cities of The Hague, Amsterdam, and 
Rotterdam, as would be appropriate in any urban city in the 
US City centers, red-light districts, and public 
transportation hubs are common locations for incidents of 
street crime. 
 
 
5.  Budget for travel and representational events will 
follow septel. 
 
 
FENDRICK 

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