Baird Urges Aggressive Action to Isolate Hezbollah

February 5, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada commends Bulgaria for its thorough investigation of last summer’s heinous attack in Burgas.

“That Bulgaria has found convincing evidence of Hezbollah involvement in this carnage is, sadly, not surprising. It is yet more evidence of the depravity of Hezbollah.

“Canada remains a committed partner in the global struggle against terrorism in all of its forms.

“We urge the European Union and all partners who have not already done so to list Hezbollah as a terrorist entity and prosecute terrorist acts committed by this inhumane organization to the fullest possible extent.”

Canada listed Hezbollah as a terrorist entity under the Criminal Code in December 2002 and listed its principal backer, Iran, as a state supporter of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act on September 7, 2012.

Canada takes the reported involvement of a dual national living in Lebanon very seriously and is working with Bulgarian authorities.

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