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“The [State] Department recommends that American citizens deter non-essential travel to Georgia and that American citizens remaining in Georgia review their security situation,” the department said in a warning posted on

It urged Americans who chose to remain in Georgia to monitor the embassy’s Web site for further information.

Meanwhile in Washington, the phone line to the Georgian Embassy transferred callers to a voice mailbox that was too full to take additional messages.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail