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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 11, 2001

Statement by the Press Secretary

An agreement has been reached to bring home the flight crew of our EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft on Hainan Island.

The US Ambassador has received verbal assurances from the Chinese government that the air crew will be allowed to leave promptly.  Ambassador Prueher has delivered to the Chinese government a letter concerning this incident and we are working out with the Chinese government the arrangements for departure.

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