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September 8, 2003
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The European Union will designate all branches of Hamas as part of a terrorist organization, including its political wing. The decision was taken Saturday at a two-day meeting of E.U. foreign ministers in northern Italy. The move will block funding to Hamas-run political organizations, charities and social welfare associations, in addition to its military wing, which the European Union already had branded as terrorist. “A consensus emerged to decide on putting Hamas on the list of terrorist organizations,” French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin told reporters. The ministers also deplored the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Authority Mahmoud Abbas. The E.U.’s foreign affairs chief, Javier Solana, arrived in Israel on Saturday for scheduled meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

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