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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of 6/27/94

SOMALIA

Q: How many Americans were in Somalia before the latest fighting began June 23? What are the nationalities of the three individuals injured by stray rounds on the UNOSOM base?

A: A DETACHMENT OF APPROXIMATELY 50 MARINES IS PROVIDING SECURITY AT THE US LIAISON OFFICE IN MOGADISHU. ABOUT 30 U.S. OFFICIALS WERE ASSIGNED TO THE LIAISON OFFICE. AROUND 200 OTHER AMERICANS WERE WORKING IN SOMALIA AS CONTRACTORS, NGO WORKERS, OR AS EMPLOYEES OF THE U.N.

--WE DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY SOMALIS WHO MIGHT HOLD U.S. PASSPORTS ARE LIVING IN SOMALIA. WE CURRENTLY ESTIMATE THAT THERE ARE AROUND 150 DUAL NATIONALS IN ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

--ONE OF THE THREE INDIVIDUALS INJURED BY STRAY ROUNDS WAS AN AMERICAN CIVILIAN WORKING FOR A UN CONTRACTOR. THE SECOND INDIVIDUAL WAS PAKISTANI. WE DO NOT KNOW THE NATIONALITY OF THE THIRD INDIVIDUAL.

CITIZENSHIP: BIRTHS AT SEA

Q: Does a child born aboard a U.S.-flag vessel receive American citizenship?

A: U.S.-FLAG VESSELS AT SEA ARE NOT CONSIDERED U.S. TERRITORY FOR CITIZENSHIP PURPOSES. A CHILD BORN TO NON-U.S. CITIZEN PARENTS ABOARD SUCH A VESSEL DOES NOT ACQUIRE U.S. CITIZENSHIP.

VISA APPLICATION OF RACHID GHANNOUCHI

Q: What is the status of the visa application of Rachid Ghannouchi?

A: MR. GHANNOUCHI'S REQUEST FOR A VISITORS VISA IS UNDER REVIEW.

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