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The Department of State Foreign Affairs Network is a cooperative initiative between the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and the Federal Depository Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The Office of Electronic Information (PA/EI) manages the information content and design/organization of the web sites at http://1997-2001.state.gov and http://1997-2001.state.gov. PA/EI also coordinates release of information on the Internet for the State Department in Washington, D.C. PA/PC ensures that information on servers used by other bureaus/offices--such as the Bureau of Consular Affairs (travel.state.gov)--is linked with the main homepage at www.state.gov.

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For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. The Department of State Foreign Affairs Network uses software programs to create summary statistics for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest or identifying system performance or problem areas. The following is the type of information collected about your visit to our web site: the name of the Internet domain from which you access State Department web sites (for example, "aol.com" if you would be connecting from America Online) and the date and time you access our site. If you choose to provide us with personal information in an email message, we use it only to respond to your email.

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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.

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Links to Department sites are welcomed. Unless a copyright is indicated, information on the Department of State Foreign Affairs Network is in the public domain and may be copied and distributed without permission. Citation of the U.S. State Department as source of the information is appreciated.

If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source. Please note that the U.S. Government has an international copyright on the Country Commercial Guides.

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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.

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 State Department web sites, neither the U.S. Government, the U.S. Department of State, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 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, 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.

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