LETTER : Road accident

FOLLOWING the report "Tourist threat as Algerian war crosses border" (19 February), I wish to make the following clarifications:

1The border incident referred to involved no more than a Land-Rover belonging to the Tunisian Garde Nationale which fell in a ravine because of high-speed driving. The accident caused the death of two national guardsmen and the injury of four others.

2The spread of rumours exaggerating a commonplace accident is nothing but a futile attempt to tarnish Tunisia's image of serenity.

C Aloui

Director of the Tunisian

Information Bureau

London W8