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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 118-97
March 14, 1997

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen orders military to begin evacuation of Americans and third country nationals from Albania

Secretary of Defense William Cohen directed the United States European Command to begin Operation SILVER WAKE, the ordered evacuation of noncombatants from Albania to ensure the safety of American citizens and designated third country nationals, early this morning. A European Command Assessment Team of 24 Marines deployed Thursday, March 13, to assist Ambassador Marisa Lino with preparations for the evacuation.

Travel from safe havens to final destinations will be coordinated by the Department of State.