STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: Edmond Pope
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release
December 9, 2000


                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

I welcome President Putin?s statement of his intent to pardon and release
Edmond Pope. It will be a great relief to all Americans when Mr. Pope is
finally freed and reunited with his family. We want to see him home and
safe as soon as possible.

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