Noam Shalit Urges EU Parliament Chief: Help Secure Gilad's Release

Meeting comes ahead of expected Thursday vote on resolution calling for release of captured IDF soldier.

Noam Shalit, father of captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, met Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, with European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.

The EU parliament is set to meet Thursday and is expected to vote on a resolution calling for the release of the 23-year-old Shalit, who also holds French citizenship.

Shalit was abducted in June 2006 by Hamas militants from Gaza in a cross-border raid. Hamas and Israel have been negotiating since then for his release, in talks mediated by Germany and Egypt.

Buzek was updated by Shalit on the stalled negotiations with Hamas on a potential prisoner exchange. Hamas has not responded to Israel's most recent proposal.

Shalit urged for the EU resolution to call for the immediate release of his son and to demand that he be treated according to the Geneva Convention.

Shalit added that the Red Cross should be allowed to visit his son and that information on his condition be passed along to the Shalit family.