State Department: Croatia - Public Announcement, March 23, 1999
Croatia - Public Announcement
March 23, 1999
Due to the failure of the government of Serbia-Montenegro to accept a
peaceful, political resolution to the crisis in Kosovo, and due to ongoing
violence perpetrated by security forces of Serbia-Montenegro against ethnic
Albanians in Kosovo, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance
has taken steps that could lead to military intervention, including aerial
bombing. This action could be decided upon in the very near future.
There currently exists no specific threat against U.S. citizens or U.S.
interests in the Republic of Croatia. However, if NATO initiates military
action, the reaction of the authorities in Serbia-Montenegro, and of
individuals in both Serbia-Montenegro and the Republika Srpska entity of
Bosnia-Herzegovina, is not certain. Therefore, Embassy Zagreb personnel
are exercising caution in pursuing official travel to regions of Croatia
that border directly on Serbia - in particular, Eastern Slavonia - or the
northern border of the Republika Srpska. U.S. citizens in Croatia are
urged to keep abreast of developments and to practice prudent personal
For further information, please consult the Department of State's Travel
Warnings for Serbia-Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Consular
Information Sheet for Croatia.
This Public Announcement expires June 22, 1999.