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WARDEN MESSAGE: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Warden Message April 18, 2006

The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka urges all American citizens to avoid travel to any location in the Jaffna Peninsula or the Trincomalee area.
Americans in these parts of Sri Lanka should give serious consideration to departing at this time.

The recent increase in the number of violent and deadly claymore mine attacks on Sri Lankan government forces has made road travel unpredictably dangerous. Civilian vehicles have also been seriously damaged and their occupants wounded during these attacks. Communal violence resulting in a number of deaths and injuries has also been reported in Trincomalee in the aftermath of a bombing at a marketplace.
The Embassy reminds all Americans that travel to any place in Sri Lanka north of a line from the towns of Puttalam through Anuradhapura to Trincomalee is severely discouraged.
In Eastern Sri Lanka, particularly in Batticaloa, the situation remains volatile with periodic violent incidents among various groups and Sri Lankan government forces. One claymore attack has taken place north of Batticaloa.  Americans are strongly advised to consider their personal security foremost before traveling or working in this area.
Americans should also avoid public gatherings or other possible targets of violence such as political offices or police and army checkpoints.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo is located at 210 Galle Road.  The telephone number is 2448007.  The number for after-hours emergencies is 2448601.  The fax number is 2437345.  The Consulate’s e-mail address is colomboacs@state.gov and its Internet web page is http://srilanka.usembassy.gov 

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s latest Consular Information Sheet for Sri Lanka, and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, available at <http://travel.state.gov>.  Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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April 19, 2006 - Posted by | News, Press Release, South Asia, World News

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