US issues travel alert on Cote d'Ivoire

New York, US (PANA) - US State Department on Monday advised Americans in Cote d'Ivoire to pay "very close attention to their personal safety," if they wish to remain in the country.

"US citizens who remain in Cote d'Ivoire should watch conditions carefully, maintain situational awareness and pay very close attention to their personal security," the State Department warned in a travel alert, made available to PANA in New York.

It stated: "The security situation continues to remain fluid in Abidjan and can change quickly and without much advance warning."

It also noted that, "there are reports of violence near Abidjan, the commercial capital, and Americans need to exercise caution in their movements."

The State Department further said the US embassy in Cote d'Ivoire was operating with a limited staff and might not have the capacity to help US citizens in distress.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said last week the situation was dire despite the end to the political conflict, noting "bodies still litter the streets."

PANA recalled that former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to hand over power to Alassane Quattara, the winner of the November presidential run-off, was apprehended last week during a raid supported by French forces and UN peacekeepers.
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18 avril 2011 16:15:14

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