British, Dutch urge sanctions against Lebanon's Hezbollah

By REUTERS
September 7, 2012 21:12

 
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PAPHOS, Cyprus - Britain and the Netherlands urged other EU governments on Friday to join the United States in imposing sanctions on Hezbollah for providing support to Syria's President Bashar Assad.

Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said the European Union should brand Hezbollah a terrorist organization, a move that would enable the bloc to freeze the group's assets in Europe.

"We have for quite some time now argued that effective European measures should be taken against Hezbollah," Rosenthal said on the sidelines of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Cyprus to discuss the EU's response to the Syrian crisis.

The Netherlands considers the Shi'ite Islamist movement, which is a member of the Lebanese government, a terrorist group, while Britain reserves the designation for Hezbollah's armed wing.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said London would like to see the EU "designate and sanction the military wing of Hezbollah".

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