US Embassy warning

by Andy on 3/24/2005 · 3 comments

Lydon has just forwarded an email that the US embassy in Moscow is sending out regarding the situation in Bishkek. Unsurprisingly, they’re warning against travel to the region, and asking US citizens to register with the local embassy. I would imagine that other embassies are issuing similar advice.

The Department of State urges American citizens to consider carefully
the risks of travel to Kyrgyzstan. The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek
recommends that American citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic remain in a
safe place, avoid political demonstrations and large crowds. Travel
within Kyrgyzstan should only be done in case of emergency. American
citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic should review their personal security
situations and take necessary measures to ensure their well-being.

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the situation closely and will
issue updates on this warden message to American Citizens in the Kyrgyz
Republic in the hours ahead as appropriate.

U.S. citizens are urged to register and update their contact information
at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek is located
at 171 Prospect Mira, 720016 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The phone number
is 996-312-551-241, fax: 996-312-551-264, and website:
http://bishkek.state.gov .

The full email is below the fold

—–Original Message—–
From: Moscow-Consular Warden [mailto:MoscowWarden@state.gov]
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 4:04 PM
Subject: information provided by US Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgystan

March 24, 2005

The US Embassy in Moscow passes on information being provided by the US
Embassy in Bishkek.

Please distribute it to your American citizen friends and colleagues. If
you are a Warden notify your Warden Group. If you have any questions
contact us, either by e-mail, or at the following number:

Phone: 7-095-728-5577
E-mail: moscowwarden@state.gov or
directly to the US Embassy in Bishkek at: 996-312-551241

Bishkek Warden Message – March 24, 2005

Political demonstrations on March 24th in Bishkek have led to clashes
between pro-government and opposition forces. The continued instability
has significantly added to concerns about the security situation for
Americans residing and visiting the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Department of State urges American citizens to consider carefully
the risks of travel to Kyrgyzstan. The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek
recommends that American citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic remain in a
safe place, avoid political demonstrations and large crowds. Travel
within Kyrgyzstan should only be done in case of emergency. American
citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic should review their personal security
situations and take necessary measures to ensure their well-being.

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the situation closely and will
issue updates on this warden message to American Citizens in the Kyrgyz
Republic in the hours ahead as appropriate.

U.S. citizens are urged to register and update their contact information
at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek is located
at 171 Prospect Mira, 720016 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The phone number
is 996-312-551-241, fax: 996-312-551-264, and website:
http://bishkek.state.gov .

Updated information on travel and security in the Kyrgyz Republic may be
obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within
the United States, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. U.S. citizens
should consult the Department of State’s Consular Information Sheet and
the Public Announcement for the Kyrgyz Republic at
http://travel.state.gov , the
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement http://travel.state.gov/wwc1.html
, and the travel
publication “A Safe Trip Abroad”
http://travel.state.gov/asafetripabroad.html
.”


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{ 3 comments }

Nathan March 24, 2005 at 9:29 am

Almost sounds like it was written before the protesters took over.

Andy March 24, 2005 at 9:46 am

I’d imagine it was, mostly, although the timestamp is after the news broke of the storming of government buildings.

I’d guess they were holding off to see how the protests developed, but when things began to turn violent decided to let the warning loose.

It certainly is a very bland warning, though. A Brussels Eurocrat would have been hard pressed to match its lack of flair.

Nathan March 24, 2005 at 9:51 am

Standard fare for the embassy… These were pretty much standing orders for us in Uzbekistan.

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