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ANALYSIS-EU holds firm against banning Hizbollah
Cat : Israel and Zionism
Date : 2006-07-22 13:47:42                      Reader : 256
They are allowed to kill, to capture, to destroy ,as it is happening in Iraq, Palestine , and Lebanon. EU with deep thanks does not follow as a dog. EU has its own values and polices. Hisbollah is not terrorist as Israel / US classify !! We appreciate EU policy in Middle East. US is in fact a war partner with Israel .

Associated France Press (AP) 22/7/2006

ANALYSIS-EU holds firm against banning Hizbollah


By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent

BERLIN, July 21 (Reuters) - The European Union has long resisted U.S. calls to ban Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation and is not about to change that stance in the throes of a Middle East war, diplomats and analysts say.

With Israel pounding Lebanon in a 10-day bombardment sparked by Hizbollah’s abduction of two soldiers, the EU is focusing on diplomacy aimed at an immediate halt to hostilities.

Its foreign policy chief Javier Solana made clear in Jerusalem this week that listing Hizbollah as a terrorist group

-- a step which would mean freezing its funds in Europe -- was not on the current agenda.

"We have not analysed the list of terrorist activities or terrorist organisations in the last period of time and we have no intent in the foreseeable future to look into that again," Solana said.

While the United States has long regarded Hizbollah as a terrorist group, the 25-member European Union has never reached unanimity on blacklisting it and that prospect receded further after it gained seats in Lebanese elections last year and entered the cabinet, where it holds two seats.

EU diplomats and officials said now was the wrong time to review the bloc’s stance on Hizbollah, which a senior U.S. official described as "regrettable" as recently as last month -- three weeks before the current crisis erupted.

"It would be perceived as blindly following Israel’s and the U.S.’s demands," one EU diplomat said. Another official noted it would close off a possible channel of communication.

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