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Friday, January 18, 2013

Mixed Signals on Bulgarian Terrorist Report

Israeli TV is reporting that Bulgaria Blaimed Hezbollah as Terror Act Mastermind:

The Bulgarian report about the July 18, 2012, terror act in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas is blaming the Lebanese Hezbollah for the attack.

The announcement has been made by the Israeli TV Channel 2 in the aftermath of news that Bulgaria's Foreign Minister, Nikolay Mladenov, has been on a secret visit to Israel.

On Thursday, anonymous sources shared Mladenov held top-secret meetings about the attack with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as with National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror.

No details of the meetings were forthcoming as Israeli and Bulgarian officials have declined offering any details.

That would be a major development.

With Bulgaria issuing official findings that Hezbollah was behind the terrorist attacks, it would be difficult for the EU not to consider Hezbollah as a terrorist group, even with France dragging its feet.

However, according to a Bulgarian government spokesperson, Bulgaria has not given Israel report on terror attack investigation:

“No, there is no such report. Indeed, Minister Mladenov was on a visit to Israel yesterday. The talks held during the visit were focused on a series of bilateral issues. Of course, the investigation of the terrorist attack in Bulgaria was discussed, too. It is part of our agenda, but the results of the investigation are not ready to be announced in public and thus there is no handing of any kind of report. The major topic for discussion, for which Minister Naydenov went to Israel, was rather connected to the upcoming marking of the 70th anniversary since the rescuing of the Bulgarian Jews. And of course, the issue about Bulgarian workers, who go to Israel under the bilateral agreement signed between the two countries, was discussed, too,” Cherneva remarked.

It's not clear why one man's secret meeting is another man's anniversary commemoration.

What is clear is the importance of that report and the pressure on Bulgaria.

And one way or another, that report will be made public.

Hat tip: Daily Alert

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