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U.S. Department of State
96/12/18 Public Announcement: Peru
Office of the Spokesman
Public Announcement Released by the Office of the Spokesman: Peru
December 18, 1996
Public Announcement: Peru
There is an ongoing hostage situation at the residence of the Japanese
ambassador in Lima, Peru. On December 17, Movimiento Revolucionario
Tupac Amaru (MRTA) took hostage hundreds of people attending a reception
at the residence. An undetermined number of hostages remain inside the
residence. Travelers in Peru are advised that this situation will
likely result in increased security vigilance by the Government of Peru.
The area of the Japanese residence in San Isidro is cordoned off by
security forces. This area in San Isidro, bounded by the streets
Salaverry, Cesar Vallejo, Prescott and Dos de Mayo, and the area of the
Navy Headquarters, should be avoided. Americans in Peru should take
normal security precautions. For further information on travel to Peru,
consult the Departmentās latest Consular Information Sheet for Peru.
American residents in Lima may obtain updated information on travel and
security and may register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy.
The U.S. Embassy is open for these services Monday through Friday, 8 am
to noon. The telephone number is 434-3000. Department of State travel
information and publications are available at internet address:
http://travel.state.gov. U.S. travelers may hear recorded information
by calling the Department in Washington, D.C. at 202-647-5225 from their
touch-tone telephone, or receive information by automated telefax by
dialing 202-647-3000 from their fax machine.
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