State Department: Serbia-Montenegro - Public Announcement, May 12, 1998
Serbia-Montenegro - Public Announcement
May 12, 1998
The Department of State cautions U.S. citizens against travel to
Serbia's southern province of Kosovo because of the potential for rapid
changes in the security situation there. Ongoing ethnic tensions between
Serbs and ethnic Albanians have worsened in spring 1998, with a series of
armed clashes, particularly in the Drenica region north and west of
Pristina and in the region near the border with Albania. Police
checkpoints are numerous throughout Kosovo and the Yugoslav Army is
increasingly visible outside of garrisons. Armed ethnic Albanian
extremists are also increasingly visible and have set up temporary
roadblocks at some points. Large demonstrations by both Serbs and by
ethnic Albanians continue in the major Kosovo towns on a daily basis.
American citizens already in Serbia-Montenegro may contact the U.S.
Embassy for current security information. The Embassy is located at Kneza
Milosa 50, Belgrade; telephone (381)(11) 645-655.
For further general information on travel to Serbia-Montenegro, consult
the latest Department of State Consular
This supersedes the Public Announcement dated March 3, 1998, and
expires August 31, 1998.