Following an exhaustive investigation, the Bulgarian interior minister stated on February 5 that it was a reasonable to assume that the two Lebanese suspects of the July 18 suicide bombing in Bulgaria which killed 5 Israelis were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah. Forensic evidence and intelligence sources also pointed to Hezbollah's involvement in the blast. On 18 February 2013 Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Nikolai Mladenov, was in Brussels briefing his EU counterparts about the seven month inquiry and its conclusions. In a press conference, Mladenov said: “We believe the attack that happened in Burgas last year was organised by people connected to the military wing of Hezbollah…We in Europe need to take collective measures to make sure that such attacks will never happen again on EU soil... We must send a strong message to the rest of the world, that activities like this are unacceptable, no matter where they are planned or executed.”Far from agreeing, the EU showed apparent reluctance in responding at all. Instead, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton, resorted to dithering and equivocation. As far as the EU is concerned, Hezbollah maintains a status akin to persona grata despite being deemed a terrorist organization by Canada, the UK, US and even Turkey. Its offences include an indictment by a UN tribunal for the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, its repository of vast weapon stocks supplied by Iran, and ongoing support of President Bashar Assad’s tyrannical regime in Syria..