Bulgaria To Push For Sanctions Against Hezbollah

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has announced that Bulgaria will push for sanctions against Hezbollah after Bulgarian investigators linked the Iran-backed terror group to the July 2012 bombing in Burgas that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian. Meanwhile, Bulgarian officials will present details of the investigation to European counterparts in the coming weeks and months, a move aimed at shoring up E.U. support for designating Hezbollah as a terror group. Several European nations, particularly France, have resisted blacklisting the group and have indicated that they may continue to do so despite Hezbollah having committed a terror attack on E.U. soil that killed an E.U. citizen. Reporting has become increasingly explicit in linking France’s hesitation to fears of retaliation against its peacekeepers in southern Lebanon.