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Nepal Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 02, 2003

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to the formal end of the January 2003 cease-fire agreement between the Maoist rebels and the Government of Nepal and to caution American citizens concerning Maoist threats. This Public Announcement expires on November 27, 2003.

On August 27, Maoist rebel Supreme Commander Prachanda signaled an end to the cease-fire agreement the Maoists entered with the Government of Nepal in January. This is likely to result in the resumption of wider terrorist violence as evidenced by a recent upsurge of armed attacks on Nepalese security forces, officials and offices, as well as civilians. Rebel clashes with Nepalese security forces and violations of the cease-fire "code of conduct" had escalated dramatically over recent days. Also, U.S. citizens should be aware of Maoist anti-American rhetoric, threats against U.S. and other international humanitarian organizations and groups, scattered extortion from tourists on some popular trekking routes, and a reported threat by Maoist extortionists to kidnap or kill American or British trekkers.

Widespread attacks by Maoist insurgents on Nepalese security forces and resumption of bombings in Kathmandu and other regions of Nepal could follow this break in the cease-fire. Tactics could include attacks on government facilities, indiscriminate bombings using improvised explosive devices, and assassination attempts against Nepalese officials. The random, unpredictable nature of such attacks creates risks of Americans being in the wrong place at the wrong time during a violent incident. Police and military personnel may set up security checkpoints in response to any attacks. Americans in Nepal, and those contemplating travel to Nepal, should factor the potential for violence into their plans and maintain a low profile while in Nepal.

U.S. official personnel travel outside the Kathmandu Valley is limited and subject to review and approval on a case-by-case basis. U.S. citizens are urged to contact the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu for the latest security information before undertaking travel to outlying areas, to travel by air to the greatest extent possible, and to avoid under all circumstances nighttime road travel outside the Kathmandu Valley.

For further information concerning security conditions and travel in Nepal, American citizens should consult the Consular Information Sheet for Nepal on the Department of State's home page at http://travel.state.gov and the American Embassy in Nepal's home page at http://www.south-asia.com/USA/. Americans visiting or living in Nepal are strongly urged to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Nepal by accessing the Embassy's home page registration link, by personal appearance at the Embassy or by e-mail to The U.S. Embassy is located at Pani Pokhari in Kathmandu, telephone (977) (1) 441-1179; fax (977) (1) 441-9963.

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