EU blacklists Hezbollah
The European Union voted on Monday to place the military wing of Hezbollah on is terror list, the AFP has reported. The decison was unanimous.
Israel welcomed the vote, with Justice Minister Tzpi Livni quoted by AFP as saying "Finally, after years of deliberations, the claim that Hezbollah is a legitimate political party has rightfully failed". "Now it is clear to the entire world that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization", he added.
Blacklisting the organization means Hezbollah members will not be allowed certain visas, and any assets on organizations associated with the group will be frozen.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, quoted by the AFP, said: "It is good that the EU has decided to call Hezbollah what it is: a terrorist organization".
"We should name names because the time has come to tell the truth," Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Antanas Linkevicius, who chaired Monday's meeting, was also quoted as saying. "After what was done by the military wing in the region and elsewhere I would say, there should be some reaction."
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