Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Timmermans: ‘Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation’

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has expressed concern at the findings of Bulgaria’s investigation into the deadly attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Burgas in July 2012. Earlier today Bulgaria concluded that the military wing of Hezbollah was responsible. Mr Timmermans sees this as confirmation of the Netherlands’ position that Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation.

‘We need to meet at EU level as soon as possible to discuss what consequences this should have,’ said Mr Timmermans. ‘This is the first time that an EU member state has established that Hezbollah is guilty of a terrorist attack on EU territory.’

The Netherlands has been calling for Hezbollah to be included on the EU list of terrorist organisations since 2004, and has consistently urged its EU partners to support such a move.

Mr Timmermans is confident that Bulgaria’s findings will quickly lead to fresh consultations in Brussels on designating Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.