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'The depravity of Hezbollah knows no bounds'
2013-02-16
Blacklist Lebanese group, Canada tells the EU

Following allegations that Hezbollah was behind a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria, Canadian diplomats have been actively lobbying European Union countries to "send a strong message" by blacklisting the Lebanese group as a terrorist organization.

"We believe there is overwhelming evidence to suggest Hezbollah has been not just complicit, but actively carrying out terrorist attacks around the world in support of Iran," a government official said Friday. "We hope that the European Union will follow Canada's lead."

While Canada outlawed Hezbollah in 2002, most European countries have not yet done so. But the EU is under renewed pressure to proscribe the Iranian-backed Islamist group after it was linked to last July's bombing of a bus full of Israeli tourists visiting the Black Sea coast.

On Monday, European foreign ministers will meet for the first time since Bulgaria went public with the results of its investigation. At the meeting, Nikolay Mladenov, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, will brief them on the probe into the attack at Sarafovo Airport in Burgas.
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