Peace Corps Volunteers Safe in the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan Following Reports of Recent Border Conflict

August 28, 2000

Washington, D.C., August 28, 2000 - All Peace Corps volunteers serving in the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan are safe and accounted for following recent border activity and conflict in the area.
Peace Corps volunteers currently serving in these two countries are not assigned to the areas affected by the recent reports of violence, which include the Surkhandaryo region, the Bostanlyk district in Tashkent, and areas near Andijon. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan issued a travel advisory on August 24 advising Americans to be aware of increased border activity and urged Americans to avoid all travel to these regions. In the travel advisory, the U.S. Embassy also stated it will heighten security in response to a recent incident involving American citizens and concern over possible civil disturbance in the period leading up to the September 1st celebration of Uzbekistan's independence.
Safety and security is the highest priority in every country where Peace Corps volunteers serve. Peace Corps staff continue to monitor the situation and are in close contact with all volunteers in the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan.

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