France backs call to put Hezbollah on EU terror list

By REUTERS
May 23, 2013 09:45




PARIS - France is ready to support a British initiative to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on the European Union's list of terrorist organizations, an official said on Thursday, confirming comments by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Paris has traditionally been cautious about backing steps to sanction Hezbollah, fearing it could destabilize Lebanon and potentially put UN peacekeepers at risk, but in recent weeks it has said it would consider all options.

Britain said on Tuesday it asked the EU to put Hezbollah's military arm on the list, citing evidence of the Islamist group's involvement in an attack that killed five Israelis.

Citing comments made by Fabius at the end of the Friends of Syria conference in Amman on Wednesday, the French official said the increased help Hezbollah had given to Syrian President Bashar Assad had encouraged to Paris to rethink its position.


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