EU: More Time Needed for Burgas Terror Investigation

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:52
Bulgaria: EU: More Time Needed for Burgas Terror Investigation

The EU needs to consider carefuly all data from the investigation of the 2012 Burgas bus bombing, stated Tuesday EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Ashton's statement comes in response of an announcement made by the Bulgarian goverment Tuesday that Hezbollah probably stands behind the deadly attack.

This is the first time that the Bulgarian state has officially named an organization as responsible for the terrorist act, which claimed the lives of 5 Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian driver, and a presumed suicide bomber.

"The High Representative takes note of the results of the investigation into the Burgas terrorist attack," reads Ashton's statement, congratulating Bulgaria for progress in the investigation.

However, the EU foreign policy chief goes on by underlining "the need for a reflection over the outcome of the investigation.

"The EU and Member States will discuss the appropriate response based on all elements identified by the investigators," adds Ashton.

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.

Israel has thrown the blame on Hezbollah right after the July 18, 2012 attack, a move followed later by the US.

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