EU weighs sanctions against military wing of Hezbollah

By REUTERS
July 22, 2013 02:48

 
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BRUSSELS - European Union governments could decide to blacklist the military wing of Hezbollah on Monday, in a major policy reversal fueled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement's activities in Europe.

Britain has sought to persuade its EU peers since May to put the Shi'ite Muslim group's military wing on the bloc's terrorism list, citing evidence that it was behind a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.

Until now, the EU has resisted pressure from Washington and Israel to blacklist Hezbollah, arguing that it could fuel instability in Lebanon, where the group is part of the government, and add to tensions in the Middle East.

Diplomats say the opposition to such a move is fading.

"There are still reservations, but we are moving towards what could be a decision on the possible listing," a senior EU official said.

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