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Nations Reminded of Abduction Laws

May 19, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A House committee is urging foreign countries to comply with international rules on abducted children.

The House International Relations Committee, by a voice vote, adopted a resolution calling on all countries to comply with 1980 rules requiring the return of abducted or wrongfully detained children.

Lawmakers said the United States has about a 90 percent compliance rate on such cases while only about 24 percent of American children are returned. Officials had particular criticism for Germany, Austria, Sweden, Honduras and Mexico.

``We need to see some concern and some concrete actions by the highest levels of our government to redress what is, evidently, a growing international problem,″ said Rep. Benjamin Gilman, R-N.Y., who chairs the committee. ``We need to get the attention of the governments of Germany, Sweden, Austria, Mexico and Honduras that they cannot expect the Hague Convention to be a one-way street.″

The resolution was sponsored by Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Nick Lampson, D-Texas.

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The resolution is H.Con.Res. 293.

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