March 14: Lebanese Won't Become Hizbullah's Hostages over Bulgaria Accusationsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The March 14 General Secretariat warned on Wednesday that Bulgaria's accusation against Hizbullah in the 2012 bus attack will have political and non-political repercussions on Lebanon, especially if the European Union decided to label the party as a terrorist group.
It said in a statement after its weekly meeting: “The Lebanese people refuse to become hostages of Hizbullah and have their interests compromised.”
“Labeling Hizbullah as a terrorist organization will damage Lebanon's image and incur financial, economic, security, and political problems on it,” it added.
Bulgaria accused on Tuesday Hizbullah of being behind a bus bomb attack in July that killed five Israeli tourists and one Bulgarian.
Some 30 people were wounded in the incident.
Addressing the recent Arsal clash, the General Secretariat demanded that the assailants be punished, rejecting any assault against the army.
“The incident once again demonstrates the need to limit the possession of arms in Lebanon to state, which is the only way to put an end to violence in the country,” it explained.
It hoped that a “transparent” investigation be launched in the matter.
Two officers were killed in the Bekaa town of Arsal on February 1 as the army was seeking to arrest a wanted suspect, who was killed in the ensuing clash.