Headline: EU to blacklist Hamas, but tells Israel to seek end to violence -- Detail Story
RIVA DEL GARDA: European Union foreign ministers agreed Saturday to blacklist the radical Palestinian group Hamas and freeze its assets, ministers said.
Jack Straw, the British foreign secretary, said "there was complete agreement" to ban Hamas because of the "outrage" -- the suicide bombing in Jerusalem August 19 that killed 21 people -- for which the group claimed responsibility.
"We've taken a political decision to freeze assets of Hamas and other action," Straw said, adding that details of the ban would be discussed in Brussels on Monday.
Dominique de Villepin, the French foreign minister, said he and his colleagues had reached a consensus to place the political wing of Hamas on a blacklist of "terrorist" organizations.
De Villepin said European leaders at their summit meeting in Salonica, Greece in June had called on Hamas to observe the ceasefire proposed under the
Mideast roadmap for peace. This truce was broken with the suicide attack on the bus, de Villepin said, adding that the ministers wished the blacklisting decision to be understand as "a sign of the EU's determination."