Colombia Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Feb 25, 2002
The security situation in Colombia has worsened in the aftermath of the
collapse of peace talks between the government and rebels.
On February 20, Colombian President Andres Pastrana announced that peace
talks with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) had ended
and that the armed forces would reestablish government control over the
demilitarized zone in southern Colombia. As a result of these developments,
there is a likelihood of increased terrorist violence in Colombia.
The Department of State reaffirms its warning that American citizens avoid
all travel to Colombia. Americans already residing or traveling in Colombia
are advised to exercise increased caution and vigilance under the current
circumstances. Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to
the appropriate Colombian authorities. American citizens in Colombia may
contact the U.S. Embassy via telephone at
571-315-0811 during work hours, or 571-315-2109/10 after hours, if
assistance is required.
For further information concerning travel to Colombia, travelers should
consult the Department of State's Travel Warning and Consular Information
Sheet for Colombia at http://travel.state.gov/colombia.html.
This Public Announcement supplements the April 17, 2001 Colombia Travel
Warning and the April 18, 2001 Consular Information Sheet for Colombia to
reflect the worsening security situation in the country following the
collapse of peace talks between the government and rebels. This Public
Announcement expires on May 21, 2002.