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Tajikstan Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Jun 29, 2001

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Tajikistan. The security situation in Tajikistan remains unstable and the political situation remains fluid. There are outbreaks of fighting between government forces and former armed opposition leaders. These conflicts have included hostage taking and assassination. From time to time, the U.S. Embassy may suspend or otherwise restrict the travel of U.S. Embassy personnel to Tajikistan and within Tajikistan.

During the summer periods of 1999 and 2000, Tajikistan experienced incursions of armed militants loyal to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The Secretary of State has designated IMU as a foreign terrorist organization. In past years, IMU forces took foreigners as hostages. There have been reports indicating an incursion by the IMU into Tajikistan may occur again during 2001. Americans should particularly avoid areas along the borders with Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Karategin Valley, and Tavildara District.

The "suspended operations" status of the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe was lifted, with U.S. Embassy American personnel currently residing in Almaty, Kazakhstan traveling periodically to Tajikistan. Consular services for Tajikistan are handled in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Almaty, and emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in Tajikistan may be limited or unavailable. American citizens resident in Tajikistan are urged to consider their personal security and safety in view of this warning.

This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Tajikistan issued May 29, 2001 to update the security situation.

For further information concerning travel to Tajikistan, consult the latest Consular Information Sheet for Tajikistan, available on the World Wide Web at http://travel.state.gov.

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