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No travel advice from US to avoid Cyprus
2003-04-02 14:28:20

Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) -- Washington and Cyprus denied today reports that the US has issued travel advice to its citizens to avoid Cyprus.

''There is no diplomatic note from the US in the form of travel advice that considers Cyprus to be in a danger zone,'' Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said here today, commenting on the report.

A US embassy statement, issued today, ''flatly denied today's press reports that it has warned US citizens not to travel to Cyprus.''|

The report said that an American citizen claimed in a letter that the US embassy advised him to delay or cancel his trip to Cyprus for a recent attack on the embassy and anti-American demonstration and violence. An extract from the letter was published in today's largest circulation daily "Phileleptheros".

The spokesman said that what the letter said appears to be ''marginal'' information to which the government gives no significance.

The embassy statement said that ''the only travel warnings issued by the US State Department relevant to Cyprus are worldwide cautions, not specifically directed to Cyprus.''

''There are indeed specific warnings concerning other countries, but Cyprus is not among them,'' it said.

''While there is no information to indicate a specific threat to US interests on the island, travelers to Cyprus should exercise the same precautions they would exercise when traveling elsewhere in times of conflict,'' the US embassy press release added.

CNA MK/MM/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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