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Statement by US Diplomat

April 7, 2001

HAIKOU, China (AP) _ Statement made to journalists by Army Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock, the U.S. Embassy military attache, after visiting the 24 crewmembers of the U.S. Navy EP-3E held on China’s Hainan island:

The crew is once again, I will offer to you, in very high spirits. They understand the circumstances under which they are here. And I was able to validate once again their treatment, their care, their spirits, their wellness. They’re all doing well.

They are looking forward to going home. They do offer that they very much appreciate the e-mails that they’ve been allowed to receive from home, along with those items that we have provided previously.

They’re doing well. They’re looking forward to going home. In light of the hour, I need to make my report to Washington.

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