From: US Department of State Warden Message <USDoSWardenMessage@state.gov>
Subject: US Embassy, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire – Contingency Planning
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 1:07 PM
U.S. Embassy – Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Warden Message – Contingency Planning
December 8, 2010
The State Department continues to advise U.S. citizens outside of the country to defer travel to Cote d’Ivoire. The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan urges U.S. citizens living in Cote d’Ivoire to consider their own personal security and contingency plans, including temporary departure from Cote d’Ivoire. The consular section continues to receive inquiries from U.S. citizens asking what kind of assistance the Embassy can provide. For your ready reference we are repeating the information provided by the U.S. Embassy at the U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting on October 28, 2010, along with some additional information, which can also be found on the main page of the U.S. Embassy Website: http://abidjan.usembassy.gov/.
As the international Community, including the United States, continues to increase pressure on the Gbagbo regime to step down peacefully the U.S. Embassy cannot rule out the possibility that U.S. citizens might get caught up in a potential conflict between those loyal to the incumbent and those loyal to the opposition candidate. This confrontation, according to confidential sources not to be disclosed under any circumstances, will occur at the beginning of week of December 13 to December 18 2010. This information is not to be disclosed to any member of the Ivorian administration, embassy or any Ivorian citizen.