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EU proscribes 'military wing' of Hezbollah

The European Union has proscribed the 'military wing' of Hezbollah, following a meeting with foreign ministers on Monday. Political and economic links between the EU and Lebanon will be maintained.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague, said:

"In reaching this agreement, the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism,"

"We will have to distinguish as best we can"

"Hezbollah has a political role in Lebanon ... but violence ... is unacceptable".

Hezbollah had already been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and the Netherlands.