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USIS Washington File

01 April 1999

TEXT: TRAVEL WARNING ISSUED FOR GUERRERO STATE IN MEXICO

(Acapulco, Ixtapa included in warning by U.S.)  (290)
WASHINGTON -- The State Department has issued a travel warning for the
state of Guerrero in Mexico, due to the potential for violence in the
region.
The U.S. embassy in Mexico reports that the political opposition vowed
to block the April 1 inauguration of the state's governor-elect, Rene
Juarez, in the state's capital city, Chilpancingo.
Guerrero is best known abroad for its beach resorts Acapulco and
Ixtapa. The State Department, in a March 31 public announcement, said
travelers to Acapulco and other coastal destinations in Guerrero
should be aware that the major highway from Mexico City to the coast
passes through Chilpancingo.
Following is the text of the State Department announcement:
(Begin text)
Public Announcement
U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
Mexico
March 31
The U.S. embassy in Mexico City reports that the political opposition
of the state of Guerrero has vowed to block the inauguration of the
governor-elect on April 1. Political demonstrations and protests may
take place in the capital city, Chilpancingo, and other major cities
in the state of Guerrero. Rural and more isolated areas of the state
may see small-scale, but possibly violent, action by guerrilla groups.
Travelers to Acapulco and other coastal destinations in Guerrero
should be aware that the major highway from Mexico City to the coast
passes through Chilpancingo. U.S. citizens should defer unnecessary
travel to the area.
For further information about travel to Mexico, please consult the
latest Consular Information Sheet for Mexico.
This Public Announcement expires April 15, 1999.
(End text)




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