The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) due to the uncertain security situation in some regions. Although the 1998-1999 civil conflict has largely ended and a peace process has begun, security is still unsettled in some isolated areas. The capital, Brazzaville and economic hub, Pointe Noire, have experienced no recent incidents related to the conflict. The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville suspended operations on June 18, 1997, and there remains no resident U.S. diplomatic presence in the Republic of Congo to provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens. A Brazzaville U.S. Embassy Office was opened in neighboring Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo in April 1998; and may, in some circumstances, be able to provide limited emergency services to U.S. citizens. The Brazzaville U.S. Embassy Office is located at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs at telephone 243-88-43608.