The US Embassy has issued a travel warning against Ivory Coast.
03 March 2011
US Embassy warns against Ivory Coast travel for Americans
Yesterday, the United States warned its citizens against travelling to Ivory Coast amid rising violence in the African nation over a political stalemate.
The US state department also warned that the US Embassy in Abidjan may need to limit its non-emergency services without notice as the diminishing staff means the embassy has limited abilities to help US citizens seeking to leave the Ivory Coast.
The US Embassy in Abidjan ordered the departure of all its non-emergency staff on December 20 and remains in evacuation status.
In the State Department’s travel warning the department said in addition to the unstable political situation following the contested November 28, 2010 presidential elections, a rapidly declining economy and a banking crisis may result in a scarcity of fuel, food and other vital commodities.
"We urge US citizens living in Cote d'Ivoire to consider their own personal security and contingency plans, including temporary departure from Cote d'Ivoire," the travel warning stated.
Clashes between forces loyal to strongman Laurent Gbagbo and his rival in the presidential election, Alassane Ouattara, have plunged the country into violent turmoil.
The international community has widely recognised Ouattara as the winner of the election, but Gbagbo has refused to accept the result and will not stand aside.