EU Shelves Action to Blacklist Hamas

(Reuters) The European Union has shelved moves to outlaw the political wing of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, despite pressure from the U.S. and Israel, after it accepted a ceasefire, diplomats disclosed on Thursday. Adding Hamas to the bloc's blacklist of banned terrorist organizations would have led to the freezing of its assets and possible prosecution of its activists. "In the circumstances, we agreed not to take any immediate action," a senior EU diplomat said. "We agreed to keep the issue under review (and) return to it if there is a breach in the ceasefire caused by a Hamas return to terrorism."

2003-07-18 00:00:00

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