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The information content and design/organization of the web site launched on January 20, 2001 at (the "current" site) are maintained by the Office of Electronic Information (PA/EI) of the Bureau of Public Affairs. The Department of State web site as it existed until January 19, 2001, at (the "archive" site) is no longer updated, but remains available for archive and research purposes.

The Federal Depository Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago provides technical and reference support for the web site at Please direct technical questions about to our contact us page.

Some bureaus/offices maintain servers separately from the site maintained by PA/EI. However, PA/EI coordinates release of information on those servers to ensure that it is linked appropriately with the site at When available, the contacts for technical support are listed below. For sites not listed, please visit our contact us page; your message will be forwarded to the appropriate office or bureau.

Links to External Web Sites
Links to web sites outside the U.S. Federal Government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names within the State Department web sites are for the convenience of the user. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the U.S. State Department of any private sector web site, product, or service.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on these web sites are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec.1001 and 1030.

Disclaimer of Liability
Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the thousands of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. With respect to documents and information on the current and archive State Department web sites, neither the U.S. Government, the U.S. Department of State, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Digex (web host), ClearBlue Technologies (formerly Applied Theory, an independent software development contractor), nor their employees and contractors make any warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to documents available from State Department web sites. Additionally, the U.S. Government, U.S. State Department, Digex, ClearBlue Technologies, and UIC assume no legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein and do not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.

Please read the State Department's guidelines pursuant to the Data Quality Information Act before submitting inquiries under this Act.

If you would like verification or a hard copy of information released on State Department web sites or if you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please contact the public information staff in the Bureau of Public Affairs. 

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