Ethiopia: AU roots for migration driven by choice, not circumstances

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The European Union (EU) is working with the African Union (AU) to ensure migrants from Africa moving to Europe are driven by their choice to live in Europe, not by the circumstances, which include lack of jobs and human rights.

EU Vice President and Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini said during bilateral talks the relationship between the EU and the AU should be defined by the strengthening of the joint partnership and mutual cooperation between the two sides.

The AU and the EU reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen their partnership when the Vice President held talks with AU Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on common approach to critical issues impacting both Africa and Europe.

“They met in Addis Ababa on 20 October 2015 during the first official visit of the European Union High Representative and Vice President,” the AU Commission said in a statement Friday.

During the visit, the EU official addressed a meeting of diplomats accredited to the AU and the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) on issues of mutual interest.

“The bilateral dialogue, a follow-up to the conversations held in Brussels in April in 2014, served as a route for devising a way forward with regards to the AU/EU partnership,” the AU said in the statement.

The two sides discussed migration, mostly emerging from the Horn of Africa region, between Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia and the climate change issues ahead of the Paris Summit on climate change.

Dlamini Zuma briefed the EU official on the AU’s medium and long-term approaches in addressing the issue of migration, highlighting the fact that when the youthful population migrates out of Africa it should be out of choice and not out of desperation.

She reiterated her position that the AU is keen to see a partnership not only “based on the exportation of natural resources from Africa to Europe”, but on “long-term investment and technology transfer, to boost industrialisation and job creation.”

On the issue of climate change, the AU stated that mitigation and adaption remain “central to the agenda”, and all parties “need to be accountable on the basis of the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.”  

On peace and security in Africa, Dlamini Zuma reaffirmed that cooperation is essential, because there is “never a guarantee that conflicts will not erupt, but we can take charge in our attempts to manage and solve them.”

She cited the Ebola virus disease outbreak of 2014 and the collaboration that was necessary to contain it.

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23 october 2015 14:48:28

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