Reports of coup in Mauritania (06/08/2008)

Following reports of a coup in Mauritania, Foreign Office Minister, Dr Kim Howells, said today:

'The UK is following the situation in Mauritania closely and is concerned by reports of a military coup.  We condemn any attempt to seize power by force, and call on all parties to ensure respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and to safeguard the wellbeing of their own citizens and foreign nationals in Mauritania.

'Britons currently in Mauritania should monitor local press reports and take sensible precautions for their safety.'

Notes to editors

In light of these events, the FCO has decided to change its Travel Advice for Mauritania. Until further notice we advise against all but essential travel to Mauritania.

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