TERRORISM FINANCE COORDINATION OFFICER AT EMBASSY THE HAGUE

Identifier: 
04THEHAGUE2496

C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 002496

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EB/ESC/TFS, S/CT, INL/C, IO/PHO, EUR/UBI
STATE ALSO FOR EUR/ERA, EUR/PGI
TREASURY FOR OFAC

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/29/2014
TAGS: KTFN, KVPR, EFIN, PTER, ETTC, PREL
SUBJECT: TERRORISM FINANCE COORDINATION OFFICER AT EMBASSY
THE HAGUE

REF: STATE 201391

CLASSIFIED BY DCM DANIEL RUSSEL. REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D).

1. (SBU) Embassy The Hague's Terrorism Finance Coordination
Officer (TFCO) is DCM Daniel Russel: russeldr@state.gov;
tel: 31-70-310-9317; and fax: 31-70-310-9322.

2. (SBU) The Deputy TFCO responsible for day-to-day action
and reporting is Economic Officer Karen Enstrom:
enstromkl@state.gov; tel: 31-70-310-9273; and fax:
31-70-310-9348.

3. (C) DCM Russel chairs a Law Enforcement, Counter
Terrorism and Terrorist Financing Working Group, which meets
bi-weekly. Global Unit Chief Andrew Mann serves as the
Deputy Chair of this working group, in which the Deputy TFCO,
Visa Viper Officer, and other offices and agencies dealing
with terrorist financing and related issues participate. The
Deputy TFCO uses the working group as a vehicle for briefing
and receiving input from other relevant agencies at post on
terrorist financing actions and requests to ensure a
coordinated Embassy approach. The Deputy TFCO is in regular
contact with the Dutch MFA's Political Affairs Department,
which has the lead on designation decisions at the UN, EU and
national level, to exchange information and request action.
The Deputy TFCO also coordinates closely with the Finance
Ministry, which is responsible for implementing decisions on
designations and distributing information to the appropriate
Dutch financial and regulatory bodies.

4. (SBU) Post has used visits by high-level officials,
including the July 2004 visit of EB A/S Tony Wayne, as an
opportunity to engage with the local press on the issue of
combating terrorist financing and USG efforts in this area.
Post has also sent Dutch officials working in the area of
terrorist financing to the U.S. on related International
Visitor/Voluntary Programs.

5. (SBU) Post's Deputy TFCO has completed the FSI training
on terrorist financing and maintains a close working
relationship with relevant offices within EB, S/CT, INL, IO,
and EUR that track terrorist financing issues. The Deputy
TFCO is also in regular contact with USEU Brussels, Treasury,
and the Justice Department on these issues.

6. (C) Post believes communication among posts and
Washington agencies is key to ensuring the effectiveness of
our work in the area of combating terrorist financing. Post
greatly values the readouts provided from the Terrorist
Finance Coalition-Building Subgroup meetings as a means of
keeping informed of interagency and regional developments. A
regularly updated list of working level contacts at posts
(perhaps organized on a regional basis) and relevant
Washington agencies could help facilitate further
communication and requests for additional information.
Regional conferences of officers (Deputy TFCOs) dealing with
terrorist financing, with participation by relevant
Washington agencies, could provide opportunities for sharing
experiences and best practices.
SOBEL