EU Still Deadlocked on Blacklisting Hizbullah

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European Union nations failed to come to a decision to add the military wing of Hizbullah to the bloc's list of international terrorist groups despite fresh talks on the issue, diplomatic sources told Agence France Presse on Thursday.

At a meeting called on Wednesday at Britain's behest, the second this month, experts from the 27-nation bloc failed to reach a unanimous decision to blacklist the group, the sources said.

Diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity said Austria and the Czech Republic opposed the move to add Hizbullah to the dozen people and score of groups currently on the EU terrorist list -- including Hamas and Colombia's FARC guerrillas -- who are subject to an asset freeze.

Concerns over Hizbullah have mounted in Europe since an attack last year on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria which Sofia blamed on the party. In March, a Cyprus court sentenced a Hizbullah member to four years behind bars for planning attacks there.

Hizbullah has also plunged into the Syrian conflict in recent months, sending fighters to help President Bashar Assad's forces in battles against rebel forces.

After months of hesitation, EU counter-terror specialists first met on the issue on June 4 but failed to reach unanimity on blacklisting Hizbullah after objections from several countries.

France, Germany and the Netherlands have backed Britain in seeking to add Hizbullah to the list.

But EU diplomats said opponents fear such a move could destabilize politically fragile Lebanon.

The closed-door talks took place within a committee known as CP931 after the EU's "common position" 931, setting up the bloc's terrorist blacklist. It meets regularly to oversee the EU list.

Hizbullah has been on a U.S. terror blacklist since 1995 after a series of anti-American attacks, including the bombing of the U.S. embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut in the 1980s.

In Europe, Britain already has Hizbullah's military wing on its terror list, while the Netherlands blacklists the whole organization.

Comments 10
Default-user-icon Nada Mas (Guest) 20 June 2013, 15:14

Who are we kidding here? Hizbiran doesn't fit in the same criteria as Hamas or Colombia's FARC guerrillas? All the car bombs in Lebanon, all cross border bombs to Israel, using their weapons against their own people, and now in Syria?
"EU diplomats said opponents fear such a move could destabilize politically fragile Lebanon." Really? Have any of these EU diplomats been reading the news? Left alone, Hizbiran will destabilize the entire region.

Missing nadamas 20 June 2013, 15:21

"EU diplomats said opponents fear such a move could destabilize politically fragile Lebanon."
Really? Have these guys been paying attention to the news? All the car bombs, assassinations, incursions to other countries, using its weapons against its own people, and now Syria? Keep a blind eye on Hizbiran and they will destabilize the entire region. Can't wait until their next major conflict with Israel. (Sadly, only Israel will be able to do anything about Hizbiran.)

Thumb primesuspect 20 June 2013, 16:24

The so called European union is anything but united. Hizballa is a terrorist organization. They lost their status of resistance a long time ago.

Thumb zahle1 20 June 2013, 17:18

I agree partially. I mean I don't believe they are terrorists. But, there is not a need for them to act as a state within a state. I am happy that they kicked Israel out. But they are too arrogant and do not believe they truly are looking out for all Lebanese. They have proven this on many occasions. Are they more disciplined then other sectarian militias? I would say yes. Do I trust them more then others? Probably. But they are not good for our country with their blind support for Iran and Assad. We may not want the Alawites wiped off the face of the Levant, but we do not need all of the assassinations and influence from the Syrian regime and HA that they refuse to acknowledge or be accountable for. Not all of these assassinations are Israel. Let's be honest.

Thumb primesuspect 20 June 2013, 23:51

Zahle: lookup the definitcion of terrorism in an encyclopedia. It'll enlighten u.

Thumb primesuspect 20 June 2013, 16:25

Al Qaida, Hizballa..... Same crap different logo. They're cut from the same cloth.

Thumb zahle1 20 June 2013, 21:38

I agree

Thumb lebanon_first 20 June 2013, 23:43

zadig... beautifully said....

Thumb lebanon_first 20 June 2013, 23:44

yep....lets leave the big boys to play, and let us fix our backyard. A ton of wisdom in this sentence...

Missing people-power 21 June 2013, 08:22

lebpatriot is not a girl and is not attractive, I guarantee it