PC pulls voluntees in Jordan
- By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON The Peace Corps said Saturday it was suspending operations
in Jordan, where some U.S. Embassy personnel and family members had
been authorized to leave following the killing of an official of the
U.S. Agency for International Development.
"Peace Corps officials have evaluated the security situation in Jordan
and determined that suspension of the program at this time is
appropriate," the volunteer agency said on its Web site.
"The Jordanian government has been extremely supportive of Peace Corps
volunteers and programs in their country. We value the relationship and
look forward to returning volunteers to Jordan in the near future,"
said agency Director Gaddi H. Vasquez.
The pullout, involving an estimated 30 to 40 volunteers, followed a
State Department statement Friday authorizing the departure of
nonessential embassy employees and de-pendents from Jordan.
Department spokesman Phi-lip Reeker said that decision resulted from an
overall assessment of the security situation in the Middle Eastern
country following the assassination of AID official Law-rence Foley in
Amman in late October.
- Tough call in one of many hot spots around the globe. Could be a bad
precedent that would encourage enemies of the US to assassinate one
or more US officials to drive all US citizens, volunteers and
other "non-essentials" out of any developing country.