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QUESTION: Can you explain to us why your Embassy in Skopje was closed to all but essential business today, and why Americans were told to stay away from the Embassy and all U.S. Government facilities in the capital?

MR. BOUCHER: They -- as we note, the Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia, is open for essential services only on Monday, November 29th. All non-immigrant visa, immigrant visa, non-emergency American citizen services are suspended. I really can't go into the reasons, other than to say it's information that we acquired locally that relates to U.S. Government facilities. The Embassy is looking at its security posture, and they will reopen at the appropriate time once they decide it's okay.

QUESTION: Would you say it's a potential threat? The information suggests a threat?

MR. BOUCHER: Yes, a potential threat to U.S. Government facilities. I'd leave it at that, though. Okay?

QUESTION: Yeah, but, wait, wait. I mean, why couldn't that have been in the notice that went out to Americans?

MR. BOUCHER: I don't know.

QUESTION: I mean, surely, when one is told that they should stay away from all U.S. Government buildings in the city, I mean --

MR. BOUCHER: Matt, the goal of the information for Americans is not to make news or provide information to the news media. The goal is to provide information -- with information to Americans that they need to conduct themselves. What they need to know is if the embassy is not open, don't go there today. Right? That's what we told them.

Okay.

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