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U.S. Embassy Temporarily Closed in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 04081162 (posted Aug. 11, 2004)"

Taken Questions
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
Questions Taken at August 10, 2004 Daily Press Briefing

QUESTION: Sri Lanka. The embassy, apparently -- pardon?

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

QUESTION: Well -- but go. Good, take it -- take it, Matt.

QUESTION: No, it's all yours.

MR. ERELI: I'd be happy to yield to the Sri Lankan expert.

QUESTION: It's all yours.


MR. ERELI: Clamoring for news about Sri Lanka, are we?

QUESTION: Well, that's where we are. It's August.


MR. ERELI: What's -- and the question is?

QUESTION: Have you got a sample of the white powder that the embassy, perhaps, received in an envelope?

MR. ERELI: Testing is under -- let's start from the beginning. Today, in Colombo, the embassy received mail that may have been contaminated. The embassy closed, as a precautionary measure. Professional testing of the material in the mail is currently underway and I don't have any results to report for you from that testing and no decision has been made on when the embassy will reopen.

QUESTION: Did anybody get sick?

MR. ERELI: Not that I've been informed about.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) right that it was the white powder that was in an envelope?

MR. ERELI: My understanding it is -- it is -- my understanding is that it was unidentified white powder.

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