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Fiji Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 03, 2006

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in the Republic of the Fiji Islands to the recent deterioration of civilian-military relations in Fiji and to threats by some elements of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces of possible action against the democratically elected government. Of special concern is the military commander's public threat to forcibly remove the government if it does not accede to his demands. At present, Fiji remains calm; however, the security situation could deteriorate without warning. This Public Announcement expires on December 4.

The Department of State advises all American citizens contemplating travel to Fiji to be aware of the escalation in civil-military tensions. All American citizens in Fiji are urged to continue to monitor events closely and to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid any political or military demonstrations, and at a minimum to exercise caution in the vicinity of any demonstrations.

The Department of State and the Embassy in Suva are continuing to follow developments closely. For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings, and Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, 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).

American citizens traveling or residing in Fiji are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. American citizens may also register at https://travelregistration.state.gov. The Embassy is located at 31 Loftus Street in Suva. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling (679) 331-4466 and by e-mail at consularsuva@state.gov.

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