WASHINGTON -- The State Department reissued an April 23 warning
against travel to Colombia due to escalating "violence by
narcotraffickers, guerrillas, paramilitary groups and other
criminal elements." The State Department said that due to the
turmoil, "there is a greater risk of being kidnapped in Colombia
than in any other country," noting "more than a dozen U.S. citizens
were kidnapped in Colombia in the first five months of 1999."