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Public Papers - 1991 - December

Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on the President's Telephone Conversation With Former Hostage Terry Anderson


President Bush called Terry Anderson at approximately 4:45 p.m. this afternoon in Damascus to express the love and admiration that all Americans have for Terry. The President told Terry that people from all over our country have great respect for him and have expressed that in many ways over the years. He welcomed Terry home and wished him well in the days ahead.

The President also said that he had just talked to Peggy Say, who has committed incredible time and energy to seeking Terry's safe return.

Terry had great praise for United Nations Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar and his personal representative, Mr. Picco. Terry was excited and upbeat about his return to freedom.

Note: Giandomenico Picco is Assistant to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Special Assignments.

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