November 3, 2000
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to the Solomon Islands due to continued ethnic violence between rival militant groups and a general breakdown in law and order in the capital, Honiara. American citizens resident in the Solomon Islands, particularly in Honiara, should consider leaving the country. The Solomon Islands' government stated in May that it could not guarantee the safety of the capital, Honiara, which is located on the main island of Guadalcanal.
Following an attempted coup on June 5, the Peace Corps withdrew its employees and volunteers from the Solomon Islands, and the governments of Australia and New Zealand evacuated persons wishing to depart, both their citizens and other foreign nationals.
Although there is no indication that American citizens have been targeted, armed confrontations between the Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) and the Guadalcanalese Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM), who have opposed each other for the past two years, have occurred. Despite a recently signed peace agreement, the possibility of continued violence between the MEF and the IFM remains high.
There is no effective police force in Honiara, which has contributed to a serious breakdown in law and order. Young men claiming to be members of the MEF have looted houses, commandeered vehicles and extorted money from individuals and businesses, forcing many of them to close. Many government departments in Honiara have closed, and public services may not be available. Telecommunications were temporarily interrupted in June--further interruptions are a strong possibility should the conflict continue. American citizens who choose to remain in the area should exercise extreme caution and are urged to register with the U.S. Consular Agent in Honiara.
At present, unrest on Guadalcanal has not spread to other provinces in the Solomon Islands.
There is no U.S. Embassy in the Solomon Islands. However, American citizens in the Solomon Islands with emergencies or requiring updated security information may contact the U. S. Consular Agent, c/o BJS Agencies on Mendana Avenue in Honiara, telephone (677) 27429, fax (677) 23426, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby at telephone (675) 321-1455, fax (675) 321-1593 or e-mail email@example.com. For further general information on travel to the Solomon Islands, please consult the Department's latest Consular Information Sheet for the Solomon Islands.
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