Bulgaria Counts on 'Good Ties' with Lebanon for Burgas Bombing Investigation

Politics » DIPLOMACY | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:29| Views: | Comments: 0
  • Send to Kindle
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Counts on 'Good Ties' with Lebanon for Burgas Bombing Investigation Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria relies on the government of Lebanon for assistance in investigating the 2012 Burgas bus bombing, stated Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov, just after implicating Hezbollah in the attack.

"We have always relied on good and mutually beneficial bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Lebanon and we hope that the Lebanese government will give us full assistance in the ongoing investigation of this terrorist act," said Tsvetanov.

Speaking at a press event after a 6-hour-long sitting of Bulgaria's Consultative Council for National Security Tuesday, Tsvetanov named Hezbollah's military wing as possibly implicated in the attack, which killed 5 Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian driver and the presumed suicide bomber.

This is the first time a Bulgarian official explicitly names an organization as being implicated in the attack, although Israel responed promptly by throwing the blame to Hezbollah.

According to Tsvetanov speaking Tuesday, the investigation has revealed that the attack was probably financed by Hezbollah, and that 2 of the 3 perpetrators are part of Hezbollah's military wing.

Moreover, the Bulgarian Interior Minister said that data uncovered by investigators showed that the two, carrying an Australian and a Canadian passport, had been residing in Lebanon since 2006.

Hezbollah is a registered political party in Lebanon with 12 members in the 128-seat parliament and 2 ministers in cabinet.

Bulgaria's choice of whether to name Hezbollah as standing behind the Burgas bus bombing was seen as pivotal as to whether the EU will officially label Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Diplomacy » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Burgas bus bombing, terrorist organization, Israeli, EU, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Consultative Council for National Security
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Please, log in to post a comment.
» To the forumComments (0)
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria