Doc. 9598

14 October 2002

Fate of Israelis kidnapped or missing in action

Motion for a resolution

presented by Mr Ouzký and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.       The Assembly calls upon the Governments of Syria and Lebanon to take immediate action for the release of three Israeli soldiers, Beni Avraham, Adi Avitam and Omar Souad who were kidnapped on 7 October 2000 by the Hezbollah organisation and taken from Israel to Lebanese territory.

2.       The Assembly calls for the release of Israeli civilian Elhanan Tannenbaum who was abducted by the same organisation on 15 October 2000 and is being held in Lebanon, as well as information leading to the return of other Israelis missing in action - Zechavia Baumel, Zvi Feldman, Yehuda Katz, Ron Arad and Guy Hever - whose fate has been unknown for years.

3.       The Assembly recognises the distress resulting from the total absence of any information about the fate of those kidnapped and missing in action and calls upon the countries involved to cooperate on a humanitarian basis and to allow this Organisation to visit the Israelis who have been abducted and who are still alive and to return the bodies of the dead.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed : 1

Ouzký, Czech Republic, EDG

Agudo, Spain, SOC

Aguiar, Portugal, EPP

Bakulin, Russia, UEL

Behrendt, Germany, SOC

Bruce, United Kingdom, LDR

Čekuolis, Lithuania, EPP

Domingues, Portugal, EPP

Eörsi, Hungary, LDR

Fedorov, Russia, EDG

Goulet, France, EDG

Hancock, United Kingdom, LDR

Henry, Belgium, SOC

Kestelijn-Sierens, Belgium, LDR

Khripel, Russia, SOC

Kovalev, Russia, LDR

Laakso, Finland, UEL

Landsbergis, Lithuania, EPP

Margelov, Russia, EDG

Rogozin, Russia, EDG

Roseira, Portugal, SOC

Schneider, France, NR

Seyidov, Azerbaijan, EDG

Sharandin, Russia, EDG

Shybko, Ukraine, SOC

Slutsky, Russia, SOC

Sudarenkov, Russia, SOC

Tepshi, Albania, EPP

Tevdoradze, Georgia, EDG

Torrado, Spain, SOC

Vakilov, Azerbaijan, EDG

Wielowieyshi, Poland, EPP

1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group