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Turkey Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Mar 18, 2003

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to increased security concerns in southeast Turkey, especially along the Turkey/Iraq border. In addition, this Public Announcement alerts U.S. citizens that the Department of State has authorized the departure of family members at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey, and the Department of Defense has authorized the departure of family members at Incirlik Airbase in Adana, Turkey, on a voluntary basis. The Embassy in Ankara and our Consulates in Istanbul and Izmir are not affected by this decision. U.S. citizens are warned to defer non-essential travel to southeast Turkey. U.S. citizens in southeast Turkey should consider departing. This Public Announcement expires on June 17, 2003.

Due to heightened tensions and increased security concerns resulting from the current situation in the region, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to southeast Turkey. U.S. citizens in the southeast Turkey provinces of Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, Adana, Adiyaman, Hatay, Elazig, Gaziantep, Kahraman Maras, Kilis, Malatya, Icel, Mersin, Osmaniye, Sanliufra and Antakya should consider departing. American citizens should not attempt to cross the border into Iraq.

On March 17, 2003, the Department of State authorized the departure of family members at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey, on a voluntary basis. In addition, the Department of Defense authorized the departure of family members at Incirlik Airbase in Adana, Turkey. U.S. consular personnel throughout Turkey, including in Adana, remain available to provide emergency information and services to U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to southeastern Turkey despite this announcement are encouraged to register at the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, at the Consulate General in Istanbul, or the consulates in Adana and Izmir and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on travel and security in Turkey. All Americans in Turkey should exercise caution and take prudent measures to ensure their security. U.S. citizens should ensure travel documents for all family members are current.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555, fax (90)(312) 466-5684. Additional information may be found on the Embassy website at ankara.usembassy.gov. The Embassy maintains an English language hotline providing information on current travel conditions in Turkey at (90)(312) 455-5555 ext. 5009.

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey, is located at 104-108 Mesrutiyet Caddesi. The telephone number is (90)(212) 251-3602, fax (90)(212) 252-7851. Additional information may be found on the consulate website at istanbul.usconsulate.gov.

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