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Solomon Islands Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 23, 2002

This public announcement is being issued to update information on safety and security in the Solomon Islands, including attacks on members of the government and recent occurrences of gunfire in the capital region of Honiara. It expires March 19, 2003.

Over the past three weeks, numerous incidents have deepened the ongoing political, economic, and security crisis in the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara. In a November 23 assassination attempt, a gunman seriously wounded a special advisor to the Prime Minister. Less than two weeks later, a group of 50 disgruntled "special constables" damaged the office of the police ministry and a police vehicle outside, threatened the Prime Minister, and looted several shops. Fighting continues on Guadalcanal's weathercoast in an attempt by the police to locate and arrest renegade Harold Keke. On December 13, gunfire, most likely coming from a group from the Marau province, was heard in Honiara.

The majority of recent incidents stem from police and militia bands seeking monetary compensation for their participation in police operations. Because the government in some instances has met these demands, we expect the incidents to continue.

While travel to islands other than Malaita and Guadalcanal has been generally safe, Americans planning to visit the Solomon Islands should 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. All Americans in the Solomon Islands should register with the U.S. Consular agent in Honiara, as there is no U. S. Embassy in the Solomon Islands. However, American citizens in the Solomon Islands with emergencies or requiring 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, e-mail Alternatively, please 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 latest Worldwide Caution, both available at www.travel.state.gov.

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