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Officials React to Planned Release

April 11, 2001

Remarks made Wednesday on hearing that China would release the crew of a U.S. spy plane that made an emergency landing on Hainan island:

``This morning the Chinese government assured our American ambassador that the crew would leave promptly. We’re working on arrangements to pick them up and to bring them home. This has been a difficult situation for both our countries.″ _ President Bush.

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``I’m elated. I’m just so ecstatic, I can’t tell you.″ _ Sandy Guidry of Satellite Beach, Fla., on the news that her son, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Scott Guidry, would be returning.

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``Yippee,″ exclaimed Amanda de Jesus of Long Beach, Calif., mother of crewman Josef Edmunds.

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``At this point, the matter looks like it’s well on it’s way to resolution. Hopefully the crew will be home shortly and we’ll get on with the normal routine business of managing the relationship with China, hopefully with this incident behind us.″ _ Vice President Dick Cheney.

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``I think that the signals are pretty clear that mission one, which is to get the troops back, has been well handled by the administration.″ _ Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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``I believe China was economically shooting itself in the foot. They want to be a member of the World Trade Organization, and want the Olympics in 2008, and of course they want continued trade. Putting this incident behind them gets rid of this hot potato.″ _ Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, senior Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

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``It won’t be long. The procedures are already under way.″ _ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi.

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