Text: H.R.1175 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 106-89 (11/08/1999)
[106th Congress Public Law 89]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 106-89
To locate and secure the return of Zachary Baumel, a United States
citizen, and other Israeli soldiers missing in action. <<NOTE: Nov. 8,
1999 - [H.R. 1175]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. CONGRESSIONAL FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that--
(1) Zachary Baumel, a United States citizen serving in the
Israeli military forces, has been missing in action since June
1982 when he was captured by forces affiliated with the
Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) following a tank
battle with Syrian forces at Sultan Ya'akub in Lebanon;
(2) <<NOTE: Yehuda Katz. Zvi Feldman.>> Yehuda Katz and Zvi
Feldman, Israeli citizens serving in the Israeli military
forces, have been missing in action since June 1982 when they
were also captured by these same forces in a tank battle with
Syrian forces at Sultan Ya'akub in Lebanon;
(3) these three soldiers were last known to be in the hands
of a Palestinian faction splintered from the PLO and operating
in Syrian-controlled territory, thus making this a matter within
the responsibility of the Government of Syria;
(4) diplomatic efforts to secure the release of these
individuals have been unsuccessful, although PLO Chairman Yasser
Arafat delivered one-half of Zachary Baumel's dog tag to Israeli
Government authorities; and
(5) in the Gaza-Jericho agreement between the Palestinian
Authority and the Government of Israel of May 4, 1994,
Palestinian officials agreed to cooperate with Israel in
locating and working for the return of Israeli soldiers missing
SEC. 2. ACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO MISSING SOLDIERS.
(a) Continuing Communication with Certain Governments.--The
Secretary of State shall continue to raise the matter of Zachary Baumel,
Yehuda Katz, and Zvi Feldman on an urgent basis with appropriate
government officials of Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and
with other governments in the region and elsewhere that, in the
determination of the Secretary, may be helpful in locating and securing
the return of these soldiers.
(b) Provision of Assistance to Certain Governments.--In deciding
whether or not to provide United States assistance to any government or
authority which the Secretary of State believes has information
concerning the whereabouts of the soldiers described in subsection (a),
and in formulating United States policy towards such government or
authority, the President should take
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into consideration the willingness of the government or authority to
assist in locating and securing the return of such soldiers.
SEC. 3. REPORTS BY SECRETARY <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> OF STATE.
(a) Initial Report.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall prepare and submit
to the Committee on International Relations of the House of
Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a
written report that describes the efforts of the Secretary pursuant to
section 2(a) and United States policies affected pursuant to section
(b) Subsequent Reports.--Not later than 15 days after receiving from
any source any additional credible information relating to the
individuals described in section 2(a), the Secretary of State shall
prepare and submit to the committees described in subsection (a) a
written report that contains such additional information.
(c) Form <<NOTE: Public information.>> of Reports.--A report
submitted under subsection (a) or (b) shall be made available to the
public and may include a classified annex.
Approved November 8, 1999.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1175:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 145 (1999):
June 22, considered and passed House.
Aug. 5, considered and passed Senate, amended.
Oct. 26, House concurred in Senate amendments.
WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 35 (1999):
Nov. 9, Presidential statement.