State Department: Worldwide Caution - Public Announcement, June 10, 1999
Worldwide Caution - Public Announcement
June 10, 1999
The Department of State reminds American citizens worldwide of the need
to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security. The Department
is issuing this Public Announcement, not in response to any one particular
threat or event, but to emphasize its ongoing concern for the security of
The Department of State continues to receive reports that make us
concerned about the safety and security of both official U.S. Government
personnel and private American citizens. We take these threats seriously.
As a result, security has been increased at United States Government
facilities worldwide. A number of our posts have temporarily suspended or
limited services to the public at various times, and others may have to do
so in the future. U.S. citizens traveling or residing abroad are urged to
review their security practices, to remain alert to the changing situation,
and to exercise caution.
Terrorists, including Usama bin Ladin (who has been indicted for the
bombings of our Embassies in Africa and for threatening to kill American
citizens outside the United States), continue their threats against the
United States and have not distinguished between military and civilian
targets. The potential also exists for retaliatory acts against U.S.
citizens as a result of the apprehension of suspects in the bombings of the
U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the
U.S. strikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan last
August; in response to U.N. and NATO actions in Iraq and Serbia,
respectively; and the Ocalan trial in Turkey.
The Department of State reminds Americans to take appropriate steps to
increase their security awareness. Americans should maintain a low
profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and treat mail from
unfamiliar sources with suspicion.
American citizens traveling or residing abroad may contact the nearest
U.S. Embassy or Consulate by telephone or fax for up-to-date information on
security conditions. In addition, U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad
should consult the Department of State's Public Announcements, Travel
Warnings, Consular Information Sheets, and regional travel brochures.
This Public Announcement supersedes the March 17, 1999 "Worldwide
Caution" Public Announcement, and supplements the May 28, 1999 "Worldwide Caution - Kurdish
Reaction" and the April 30, 1999
"Worldwide Caution - Serbia Montenegro" Public Announcements. This
Public Announcement expires on September 17, 1999.