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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 25) - America's
State Department has warned its citizens travelling to East Timor to exercise
extreme caution in public places such as bars, restaurants, schools, resorts and
places of worship.

In a travel advisory, the State Department said most crimes
occur in the capital, Dili, with expatriates often targeted.

The advisory said violent and non-violent criminal activity is
still in evidence in East Timor, including criminal surveillance of tourists.

It said random checkpoints set up by the United Nations and East
Timor's government can be expected on roads.

The State Department has also recommended that air transit to
East Timor should be via the northern Australian port city of Darwin.

June 30, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

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