SUVA POLICE REMOVE ROADBLOCK AROUND U.S. EMBASSY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 28, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Police in Fiji have removed a five-day road block in front of the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Suva.

Fiji police sealed off the street last Friday (January 22) after reported threats to the American diplomatic post.

Radio Australia correspondent Karan Pillay reports from Suva:

"Police Commissioner Isikia Savua said in a statement earlier this week that police were investigating reports of what he described as a covert threat to the American Embassy.

"The statement did not give many details, only saying that the specific threat targets the U.S. Embassy and could seriously undermine and compromise the current security arrangements. The statement said some Fiji citizens may also be linked to the threats. But the Americans denied this, saying there was a misunderstanding over the precise nature of the threat.

"Chargé d'Affaires Larry Dinger said local authorities blocked the street in front of the Embassy following requests for improved security by the U.S. after the bombing of their missions in Kenya and Tanzania last year.

"Police today lifted the road blocks, but maintined a strict presence at the Embassy.

"Karan Pillay, Suva."

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