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Solomon Islands Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Oct 28, 2003

This Public Announcement updates information on safety and security in the Solomon Islands in the wake of efforts by a regional military intervention force to restore order. This replaces the September 8, 2003 Public Announcement and expires April 9, 2004.

Since July 24, 2003 the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), a coalition of Pacific Island states that includes military and police forces from Australia and several other Pacific Island nations, has helped the Solomon Islands improve law and order. The Solomon Islands government and the vast majority of its citizens have welcomed the intervention. By the end of September 2003, more than 3500 weapons were surrendered or seized as part of a countrywide weapons amnesty. While there has been a marked drop in crime and violent incidents since the arrival of the RAMSI mission, the potential for tension and civil unrest remains. We continue to recommend Americans who travel to the Solomon Islands be aware of their surroundings and be cognizant of the security situation.

Americans planning to visit the Solomon Islands may wish to contact the U.S. Consular Agent in Honiara or the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, for updates on the security situation. In particular, those who intend to travel outside the capital city of Honiara should seek an update on the security situation.

All Americans in the Solomon Islands are encouraged to register with the U.S. Consular Agent in Honiara, as there is no U.S. Embassy in the Solomon Islands. Americans requiring emergency assistance or updated security information may contact the U.S. Consular Agent, c/o BJS Agencies on Mendana Avenue in Honiara, telephone (677) 27429, fax (677) 23426. Alternatively, contact the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, telephone (675) 321-1455, fax (675) 321-1593, e-mail For further general information on travel to the Solomon Islands, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for the Solomon Islands and Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at

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