Report: France ready to blacklist 'armed-wing' of Hezbollah

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 29, 2013 11:22

France is prepared to designate the armed-wing of Hezbollah a terrorist organization, the London-Based Arabic daily Al Hayat reported on Friday, citing a French official.

The European Union has been under pressure from the United States and Israel to blacklist the Shi'ite organization, a demand which has intensified since last month when Bulgaria implicated Hezbollah in the Burgas bus bombing, in which five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed.

According to the French source, Paris's openness to label the armed-wing of Hezbollah a terror organization stems from its responsibility for the Burgas attack and its participation in Syria's civil war on the side of Presisdent Bashar Assad.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius discussed the matter with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, according to the report.

According to the source the move is more symbolic than practical because it will not lead the EU to blacklist the "political branch" of Hezbollah, and therefore, will not stop the organization from receiving funds from Europe.


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