State Department: Turkey - Public Announcement, March 15, 1999
Turkey - Public Announcement
March 15, 1999
Since early March the frequency of terrorist actions in Turkey has
increased. The latest attacks may be linked to the February 15 capture of
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. On March 15 the PKK
warned tourists against travel to Turkey. The most recent attacks have not
been directly targeted against tourists or foreigners, but have caused
injuries and deaths among the Turkish public. Turkish police authorities
have made a number of arrests in connection with the attacks. Security has
been increased, and steps are being taken to enhance public safety. The
majority of the attacks have taken place in Istanbul, although incidents in
Ankara and other parts of western Turkey have occurred.
American citizens visiting or residing in Turkey should exercise
appropriate security precautions and carefully consider whether to avoid
places where large crowds congregate. For further information regarding
travel in Turkey, please consult the State
Department's Consular Information Sheet for Turkey.
This Public Announcement expires May 15, 1999.