Magazine article Insight on the News

Albright Seeks Return of Kidnapped Child

Magazine article Insight on the News

Albright Seeks Return of Kidnapped Child

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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has vowed to help reunite an Ohio man with his daughter, kidnapped by his estranged wife to Austria five years ago.

Albright's solemn pledge is the first time a senior member of the State Department has promised to intervene in one of the thousands of unsolved parental-kidnapping cases and marks a dramatic departure from its "don't ask" and "don't tell" parents policy.

Albright promised to help Tom Sylvester during a recent House International Relations Committee meeting in Washington after Ohio Republican Rep. Steve Chabot cornered Albright into making the pledge to reunite the father with his daughter, Carina. Under the Hague Convention, Austria's courts have ruled that the daughter should be returned, but Austrian government authorities have refused to enforce the rulings.

"I hope we can count on you for your active help in this matter," Chabot told Albright. "Could you comment, Madam Secretary? …

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