EU refuses to place Hamas on terror list

Thursday, August 28, 2003

LONDON The European Union has refused to place Hamas on the list of terrorist organizations.

The EU Permanent Representatives Committee decided to not place Hamas on the EU terror list, diplomatic sources said. They said the EU committee cited Hamas's agreement to a three-month truce in the insurgency war against Israel.

The sources said the committee agreed to reconsider its decision. EU foreign ministers plan to review the decision during their scheduled meeting on Sept. 5, Middle East Newsline reported.

The EU has regarded Hamas as composed of two separate wings. The Europeans placed the Hamas Izzedin Kassam military arm on the terrorist list. But the EU refused to do the same with what it termed Hamas's political wing.

The United States has placed the entire Hamas organization on the State Department's list of terrorist groups. Washington has also frozen assets of Hamas in the United States.

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