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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 http://georgia.usembassy.gov.

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 jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.