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Bulgaria's Opposition Leader blasted his government for publishing findings when the investigation is still ongoing, and says the implication of Hezbollah is poorly founded.
The Bulgarian government's implication of Hezbollah in the Burgas bus bombing is poorly founded and imperils the national security, says opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev.
Israel and its closest allies, the United States and Canada, have been quick to condemn Hezbollah and have stepped up their call for the European Union to designate the Lebanese resistance group as a "terrorist organisation."
Stanishev, who also chairs the Party of European Socialists, spoke after an unusually prolonged sitting of the Consultative Council for National Security, after which Bulgarian Interior Minister for the first time named Lebanon's Hezbollah as standing behind the July 2012 attack.
The attack, in July last killed five Israelis and one Bulgarian, and injured 34.
It came at a time when the European Union was being pressured by the United States Congress and Israel to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. Immediately the bombing occurred, both Israel and the U.S. began blaming Hezbollah, although the Bulgarian government insisted it had no idea at that stage who was behind the incident.
Nonetheless it invited Israel and the United States to participate in the investigation.
Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov on Tuesday thanked the Israeli government for its support with the investigation, saying it had provided "relevant expertise" in identifying false documents used by the alleged attackers. Foreign Affairs Minister Nikolay Mladenov flew to Tel Aviv to discuss the findings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prior to releasing them on Tuesday.
The nationalist Attack and ethnic Turkish MRF party joined the Socialist criticism, saying it was too soon for the rightist government of Prime Minister Boiko Borisov to blame Hezbollah because the investigation had not yet concluded.
"It is obvious that Bulgaria's government has chosen a political approach and is only repeating the interpretation alleged by Israel on the very next day following the attack, when the investigation had not even started," said the socialist leader.
"The investigation is currently under way and there is no way one can be talking about decisive evidence regarding the direct perpetrators, much less regarding the organization that is behind this tragic event," added he.
"This is absolutely unjustified in view of nationanl security and the risks that are taken with respect to people in Bulgaria," stated Stanishev.
The socialist leader further criticized the government for failing to provide a thorough analysis of the faults in Bulgaria's national security that led to the perpetration of the attack.
He further objected to the fact that participants in the Consultative Council were not presented with the reports to be discussed in advance of the sitting.Last Mod: 06 Şubat 2013, 15:24