Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement upon the Bulgarian Government’s finding that two members of Hezbollah were responsible for the July 2012 attack on a bus in Burgas, Bulgaria that killed six people, including five Israeli tourists:

“Today’s finding by the Bulgarian Government is yet another reminder that Hezbollah is clearly a terrorist organization with global reach.  This attack on European soil makes the European Union’s resistance to designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization even more incomprehensible.

“Recent Hezbollah plots have been uncovered in Thailand, India, Cyprus, Georgia, Kenya, and elsewhere.   Now that Hezbollah has been found responsible for an attack on a European Union member nation, the E.U. must designate it as a terrorist organization.  Failure to do so will only give these killers the opportunity to further organize, recruit, raise funds, and carry out additional terrorist attacks across the continent.

“The E.U.’s indefensible policy on Hezbollah makes defending all of us from Iranian-backed terrorism even more difficult.”