The European Union
turned down a request Tuesday by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
to blacklist Hezbollah as a terror group after last week's deadly bombing
"There is no consensus for putting Hezbollah
on the list of terrorist organisations," said Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency.
and the Lebanese group Hezbollah for Wednesday's suicide attack
at the Black Sea airport of Burgas in which five Israelis and their Bulgarian driver died.
The bus bombed at the Burgas airport is cleared away (Photo: Reuters)
Sitting alongside the Cypriot minister at a news conference held after annual EU-Israel talks, Lieberman said: "The time has come to put Hezbollah on the terrorist list of Europe."
"It would give the right signal to the international community and the Israeli people."
But Kozakou-Marcoullis said Hezbollah was an organization comprising a party as well as an armed wing and was "active in Lebanese politics".
"Taking into account this and other aspects there is no consensus for putting Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations," she said.
The EU would consider this if there were tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terror, she added.
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