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Tuesday, 6 August, 2002, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
Row over US Karachi mission
US investigators at bomb site outside the consulate
Washington says the consulate is no longer safe
Washington says a disagreement with the Pakistani authorities over security led to the closure of the US consulate in Karachi.


The consulate's going to remain closed until a mutually accepted agreement can be reached

Philip Reeker,
State Dept
State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said Monday's decision had been taken because a nearby road had been reopened to traffic, triggering security concerns.

Mr Reeker said the offices would remain closed until an agreement could be reached with the local authorities over security for the building.

The road was closed after the compound became the target of a bomb attack in June, which killed 12 people and injured many others.

BBC correspondent Zaffar Abbas in Islamabad says the decision to shut down the mission was made following intelligence reports of a possible attack.

Evacuation

Mr Reeker said it had been decided that the consulate, located on one of Karachi's main streets, was no longer considered safe.

"The consulate's going to remain closed until a mutually accepted agreement can be reached with the government of the province to provide the setback that is sufficient for our consulate building," he was quoted as saying.

A consulate official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press news agency that staff had been sent home on Monday morning and told to await instructions.

The June explosion, which blew a gaping hole in the mission's perimeter wall, scattered cars across the road, smashed windows and brought down power lines.

It was the second blast in Karachi in a matter of weeks.

A bomb attack outside the Sheraton hotel in May killed 11 French nationals and three Pakistanis.

Last month, France closed its consulate in Karachi as a result of a security assessment and moved its operations to the British consulate in the city.

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