Europe’s governments today joined in condemnation of the use of fake EU passports in an assassination plot – but stopped short of naming Israel as the prime suspect.
A statement issued in Brussels after talks between EU foreign ministers came as Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin sought answers in a private meeting with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, where he expressed his "deep concern" about the use of the fake documents by a team who murdered Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month.
However the meeting ended without concrete results.
The passport identities of five Irish nationals, six Britons, one German, and a French citizen were used by the hit squad to enter Dubai.
Today’s joint statement from the EU foreign ministers said: “The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai raises issues which are profoundly disturbing.
“We strongly condemn the use of fraudulent EU member states’ passports and credit cards acquired through the theft of EU citizens’ identities.”
Meanwhile the Israeli foreign ministry issued a statement insisting that there was no proof of Israeli involvement in the killing.
Without evidence, there was no need to react to the matter, it said.