State department warns U.S. citizens in Greece of possible reactions over 'Macedonia' recognition
Athens 8/11/2004 (ANA)
In a warning posted on the website of the United States Embassy in Athens, the U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens living in Greece to be on their guard against the possibility of "heightened tension" and "reactions against American interests in Greece" that may be triggered by Washington's decision to recognize the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FY-ROM) by its constitutional name 'Republic of Macedonia'.
The message posted on Friday notes that there is no specific information at the time of writing of plans for large-scale demonstrations but notes that the possibility of protests, especially outside the Embassy in Athens or the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, cannot be dismissed given the importance of the issue to many in Greece.
It calls on U.S. citizens to avoid such gatherings, advising them to "heighten their individual and family sense of and attention to personal security", while noting that even demonstrations planned as peaceful can "turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence."
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