House members on Feb. 18 sent letters to Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and European Commission Vice-President Catherine Ashton that urge the European Union to designate Hizballah as a terrorist organization. The letters, each of which received 111 signatories, were spearheaded by Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA).
The letter to Minister Tsvetanov, which thanks Bulgaria for the courageous release of its investigative report that provides indisputable evidence that Hizballah was behind the 2012 bombing of Israeli tourists in Burgas, calls for Bulgarian action to build an urgently needed EU consensus to isolate Hizballah.
In light of the report’s conclusive findings, the letter to High Representative Ashton urges the European Union to swiftly place a terrorist designation on Hizballah. Designating Hizballah would enable the European Union to block the fundraising and travel it relies upon to plan and carry out acts of international terrorism.