July 7, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC urged the European Union to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization, after
reaffirmed its conclusion that the Iranian-sponsored global terror group was responsible for the deadly attack at the Burgas (Sarafovo) airport a year ago this month. The bomb killed five Israelis and the Bulgarian bus driver.
"There is no change in the Bulgarian position regarding the terrorist act in Sarafovo," Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev asserted on
. "I am familiar with all the facts and the investigation conclusions up to this moment. My expert opinion is that the assessment and the statement that followed are correct. I support them."
Yovchev emphasized that he agreed with his predecessor,
, that there is a "justified assumption" that Hezbollah carried out the
Burgas bus bombing. The minister's announcement at a press conference was intended to dispel speculation that there might have been a policy shift since
national elections in May and the formation of a new coalition government.
The new Interior Minister said "further evidence had been added" to the investigation which supported the conclusion that Hezbollah was behind the bus bombing.
"To its credit,
, an EU member state, has delivered another strong and forthright indictment," said AJC Executive Director
. "In response, the 28 EU foreign ministers should demonstrate moral clarity, take meaningful action to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization when they meet on
, and end the group's current ability to fundraise and recruit in
In addition to the Bulgarian government's conclusion, a court in
, another EU member state, in March convicted a Hezbollah operative who had been tracking Israeli visitors to the island nation for a possible attack similar to the one in
. And Hezbollah has been deeply implicated in supporting the murderous Assad regime in
, where an estimated 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee