Hyde Urges Prompt Release of Navy Crew

"Responsible members of the international community do not arbitrarily detain

citizens of other nations"



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from House International Relations Committee

    WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL),
 chairman of the House International Relations Committee, commented this
 afternoon on the need for a prompt and safe return of the 24-member U.S. Navy
 crew aboard an EP-3E reconnaissance plane. The aircraft made an emergency
 landing following a reported midair collision with a Chinese F-8 aircraft over
 the South China Sea on Sunday:
     "This volatile situation will only be defused by China's immediate release
 of crew members and return of all U.S. equipment. Since the beginning of the
 year, the People's Republic of China has detained a number of American
 citizens and permanent residents, including a five-year old boy who was held
 apart from his family for four weeks. Responsible members of the international
 community do not arbitrarily detain citizens of other nations.
     "Are we to assume that all of these individuals are now considered
 hostages? I don't know, and I certainly hope not. But if they are, the Beijing
 government is terribly mistaken if it believes these actions will influence
 the U.S. decision -- due later this month -- to permit the sale of defensive
 weapons to Taiwan."
 
 

SOURCE House International Relations Committee
    WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL),
 chairman of the House International Relations Committee, commented this
 afternoon on the need for a prompt and safe return of the 24-member U.S. Navy
 crew aboard an EP-3E reconnaissance plane. The aircraft made an emergency
 landing following a reported midair collision with a Chinese F-8 aircraft over
 the South China Sea on Sunday:
     "This volatile situation will only be defused by China's immediate release
 of crew members and return of all U.S. equipment. Since the beginning of the
 year, the People's Republic of China has detained a number of American
 citizens and permanent residents, including a five-year old boy who was held
 apart from his family for four weeks. Responsible members of the international
 community do not arbitrarily detain citizens of other nations.
     "Are we to assume that all of these individuals are now considered
 hostages? I don't know, and I certainly hope not. But if they are, the Beijing
 government is terribly mistaken if it believes these actions will influence
 the U.S. decision -- due later this month -- to permit the sale of defensive
 weapons to Taiwan."
 
 SOURCE  House International Relations Committee