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Ethiopia Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 14, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to security concerns in Ethiopia following recent violence, and to note the possibility of election-related rallies, demonstrations, and disturbances in Addis Ababa and regional cities until July 8 or beyond, when the May election results will be certified. This Public Announcement will expire on August 14, 2005.

From June 6-9, 2005, there were at least three separate clashes in Addis Ababa between security forces and demonstrators protesting perceived election fraud surrounding the May 2005 parliamentary elections and the detention of several hundred students and others. The clashes resulted in more than 35 deaths and over one hundred wounded, and transit and business strikes temporarily shut down most of Addis Ababa. Although a subsequent agreement between the government and opposition political parties lowered tensions, the continuing presence of armed security forces, combined with unresolved election disputes and expectations of counter-demonstrations, suggests the risk of localized disorder persists.

The U.S. Department of State reminds American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid areas affected by demonstrations and political rallies and to exercise caution in the vicinity of any demonstrations. Citizens are also urged to assess the impact these demonstrations might have related to traffic and transportation.

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa will continue to monitor developments and, as appropriate, will provide periodic updates on the situation on its website at http://addisababa.usembassy.gov. Americans living or traveling in Ethiopia are strongly urged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa or through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Ethiopia. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is located on Entoto Avenue in Addis Ababa; telephone (251-1) 24-24-24; emergency after-hours telephone (251-1) 24-24-00; consular fax: 251-1-24-24-35.

Updated information on travel and security for Ethiopia may be obtained from the Department of State at 1-888-407-4747 within the U.S., or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. U.S. citizens should consult the Consular Information Sheet for Ethiopia, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, the East Africa Public Announcement, and the travel publication A Safe Trip Abroad, all of which are available on the State Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.

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