Ghana: U.S. State Dept. Press Briefing: Argentine Naval Vessel Held in Ghana

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Washington, DC — Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: I'm moving you to Africa. There is an Argentinean boat in Ghana that it was invited to enter the port of Ghana and was taken --

MR. TONER: Sure. I'm trying to find our angle here, but go ahead.

(Laughter.)

QUESTION: And what some believe is that there is 44 sailors in that boat and they are cutting electricity, they are cutting the water, they are cutting the gas to maintain that boat. And I want to know if the U.S. is following this situation. It also became a little bit risky last week when they wanted to move the boat and the Argentineans say with guns, tell them you don't enter into our boat. So it came to some security international --

MR. TONER: I apologize; I have not been following this situation. But you're talking about an Argentinean-flagged boat --

QUESTION: The Argentinean frigate --

MR. TONER: -- or is this a naval vessel?

QUESTION: The Argentinean frigate Libertad is a boat that is a very nice boat that goes around the world with - in terms of peace and presenting the Argentinean army, and it has a sense of no international boundaries and nice relations.

MR. TONER: I don't have a good answer for you. I'll look into it if we're concerned about it.

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