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Cable en el que EE UU urge a España a cumplir su compromiso de acogida de los presos de Guantánamo

El embajador señala que es una "importante oportunidad" para mostrar que es un país serio y con liderazgo dentro de la Unión Europea.

ID: 244215
Date: 2010-01-19 17:34:00
Origin: 10MADRID49
Source: Embassy Madrid
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Destination: VZCZCXRO2082
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/19/2020

Classified By: Ambassador Alan D. Solomont, Reasons 1.4(b),(d).

1. (C) Summary. The Ambassador met with Interior Minister
Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba January 18. They discussed
additional Spanish law enforcement assistance in Haiti; the
controversy surrounding the FBI,s use of a Spanish
politician,s photograph from the internet to create an image
of the bureau,s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden;
Secretary Napolitano,s upcoming visit to address an EU
informal ministerial on aviation security; Guantanamo
detainees; law enforcement cooperation, in particular
information sharing; Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb; and
Spanish training of security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
End summary.

2. (C) The Ambassador praised Rubalacaba,s support,
coordination, and cooperation across the board on law
enforcement matters, underscoring USG appreciation and desire
to strengthen even more the already strong partnership with
Spain. The Ambassador said the USG had high expectations of
Spanish leadership in the Presidency of the EU and recognized
Rubalcaba,s preeminent and influential role in the Spanish
Government in getting things done. The Ambassador said the
USG needs Spain to be a strong partner, as the world,s
problems were too big to solve alone.


3. (C) The Ambassador reiterated USG regret that Spanish
politician and congressional deputy Gaspar Llamazares, photo
had been used to create an age-processed image of Osama bin
Laden. He explained that the FBI forensic artist had
selected features from a database of stock reference
photographs to create the image and was unaware the subject
he used was a Spanish politician. He added that there was no
political or other motivation, that the similarities between
the photos (posted on the Rewards for Justice website) were
unintentional and inadvertent. Ambassador said that the
Embassy had acknowledged the error and contacted Llamazares
on January 16 who seemed satisfied with our outreach. Even
so, the FBI was looking into the process that led to the
unintended depiction and would offer a letter of explanation.
Embassy Legatt would be contacting Llamazares to set up a
meeting to clarify the matter. Rubalcaba welcomed the
Embassy actions to put the controversy to rest, noting that
Llamazares, despite his leftist leanings, was a good chap
with lots of common sense.


4 (C) The Ambassador briefed Rubalcaba on the devastation in
Haiti and the USG and international reaction to it. He noted
the positive role of Spanish law enforcement in Haiti and
said that Haiti would need additional EU and Spanish police
support to deal with the deteriorating security situation
there. Rubalcaba noted Spanish Vice President Fernandez de
la Vega,s recent visit to Haiti and Spain,s efforts in
Brussels to lead a coordinated, robust EU response to the
humanitarian tragedy and increasing lawlessness. He
anticipated that Spain and the EU would be asked to provide
more police assistance, and said that Spain would do its part
with additional Civil Guard elements. He lamented Venezuelan
leader Hugo Chavez,s gratuitous comments that the USG was
taking advantage of the humanitarian situation to occupy
Haiti militarily.

EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Informal Ministerial
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5. (C) The Ambassador thanked the Minister for his invitation
to DHS Secretary Napolitano to visit Toledo January 21-22 to
discuss enhanced civil aviation security cooperation. The
Ambassador thanked Rubalcaba for the excellent anti-organized
crime and counter-narcotics relationships we enjoy in Spain.
He noted the USG is interested in taking the information
sharing to the next level, not only in counter-terrorism but
also with respect to organized crime investigations.
Rubalcaba said he looked forward to discussing further with
Napolitano and the Ambassador JHA matters, both in Toledo and
at the April 9-10 JHA Ministerial meeting that Attorney
General Holder and Napolitano are slated to attend.

Guantanamo Detainees

5. (C) The Ambassador reflected positively on Spain,s
commitment to take five detainees and urged that Spain accept
the first tranche (two detainees) as soon as possible.

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Rubalcaba said the Ministry of Interior is currently deciding
where the detainees will live and is also evaluating the case
files of additional detainees to be able to take a total of
five. He said that because of political concerns Spain would
have to delay a month receiving the Yemeni detainee, noting
public concerns in the wake of the Christmas Day Detroit
attempted terrorist incident. Spain would nonetheless
proceed with the Palestinian and another detainee quickly,
with the remaining three detainees being transferred once the
GOS completed their evaluation of the case files. Ambassador
said he wanted to be "clear and blunt" about USG expectations
of Spain following through on its commitments, adding that
this was an important opportunity for Spain to show it is a
serious leader in the EU. Rubalcaba reiterated Spain,s
commitment to help the USG, noting it had criticized the USG
for opening the Guantanamo detention facility and now was on
the hook to help the USG close it.

Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb

6. (C) The Ambassador expressed concern for the three aid
workers who were kidnapped in Mauritania by AQIM November 29.
He said that the USG wanted to continue close cooperation in
the area, as there are terrorist and extremist threats on
many fronts. Rubalcaba expressed appreciation for continuing
USG intelligence support and cooperation. He said he had
underscored to his many interlocutors in the U.S. during his
recent visit there the importance of the Maghreb to Spain,s
national security interests and Spain,s desire for improved
cooperation in that region. In view of the weak states
there, he hoped to reach an agreement on capacity-building
during upcoming JHA meeting. He said there must be enhanced
sharing of information. Rubalcaba noted that while Spanish
and U.S. intelligence cooperation, based on shared values and
interests, is very good among the various USG agencies --
CIA, DEA, FBI -- Spain wants it to be even better. On
counter-terrorism cooperation, Rubalcaba said that Spain
agrees with President Obama that the West needs to speak with
one voice, and that being tolerant and firm are not
incompatible when dealing with Islam and Muslim extremism.
The Ambassador agreed, noting that the parallel tracks of
engagement and incentives with pressure and sanctions
vis--vis Iran was also the USG approach.

Training Security Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq
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7. (C) The Ambassador thanked Rubalcaba for Spain,s pledge
to send Civil Guard and/or National Police personnel to help
train security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the
NATO training missions in those countries. Rubalcaba said
that he is awaiting the report of the assessment team that
was sent to Iraq and expected to field 10-12 Civil Guard
elements, adding that Iraq was more difficult politically for
Spain than Afghanistan. He reiterated Spain,s commitment to
send at least 40 police trainers to Afghanistan.