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Parliamentary questions
11 October 2007
WRITTEN QUESTION by Sajjad Karim (ALDE) to the Commission

 Subject: Captive Israeli soldiers

Over a year has passed since the abductions of three Israeli soldiers. Cpl. Gilad Shalit, now 22 years of age and Eldad Regev, 28 years of age, were allegedly captured in June 2006, and Ehud Goldwasser, 32 years of age, was captured in July 2006.

Gilad Shalit was captured on the Israeli side of the border with Gaza, and Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were captured on the Israeli side of the Lebanese border. The three soldiers were allegedly abducted by Hezbollah and Hamas.

The UN Security Council has expressed profound concern that no progress has been made and further calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the soldiers.

Is the Commission enforcing continual pressure on those who hold the soldiers captive to release them? From time to time, there are suggestions that release might be possible imminently, but it does not happen.

Has the Commission made any attempts or assisted in any capacity in securing the release of these soldiers? How is the Commission using the European Union position as part of the Quartet to exert influence on Hamas and Hezbollah, as the groups who allegedly abducted the soldiers, to immediately and unconditionally release and ensure the safety of the Israeli soldiers above?

 OJ C 191, 29/07/2008
Last updated: 15 October 2007Legal notice