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US warns citizens against travelling to Karabakh

06 April 2006 [11:39] - TODAY.AZ
The US State Department has prohibited Americans from visiting the Armenian-occupied Nagorno Karabakh and sent a special warning to US citizens of Armenian descent.

"US citizens must refrain from visiting Upper Garabagh and the occupied territories surrounding it, as their security there cannot be guaranteed," says a special statement of the State Department's consular bureau.

According to AssA-Irada, the statement indicated further that although a ceasefire agreement was reached in 1994, small pockets of hostilities are still in evidence on the frontline. Since military action is still underway, there is no consular service for Nagorno Karabakh which US citizens could use, it said.

Touching on the crime situation in Azerbaijan, the State Department said that while the rate of grave crimes is relatively low, the muggings and attacks on foreigners have become regular. Those traveling to Baku have to be prepared for assaults in any part of the city. It is also recommended that visitors do not walk alone after the fall of darkness and report all incidents to the police or the US embassy.



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