Bulgarian Interior Min Pleased over Blacklisting of Hezbollah Armed Wing

Bulgaria in EU | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 11:20|  views

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev has expressed his satisfaction over the European Union’s decision to include Hezbollah’s military wing in its list of terrorist organizations.

“Most importantly, we have a duty before the Bulgarian citizens and Bulgarian citizens should know the truth about what is happening. Taking that into consideration, I believe this is a correct decision,” Yovchev told reporters on Tuesday.

The Bulgarian Interior Minister said EU’s move would not lead to an increased risk for the country.

EU’s Foreign Affairs Council decided on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on the EU's list of terrorist organizations.

The decision comes one year after the July 18 tragic incident at the Sarafovo airport, which killed seven, including five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver, and the perpetrator of the attack.

In February 2013, Bulgaria's then-Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, suggested that the evidence collected by the investigating authorities led to a "reasonable assumption" about the involvement of the Lebanese militant group in last year's terror attack at the Burgas airport.

Yovchev said recently that additional evidence had been uncovered confirming the initial hypothesis.

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