Selective immigration, unacceptable, says AU Commission chair

Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konare, Wednesday here described selective immigration as "a brain drain we (Africa) cannot accept".
Speaking at the opening of the AU Council of Ministers meeting, he said France, on the initiative of Interior Minister, Niolas Sarkozy, had adopted the selective immigration formula to control the entrance of foreigners into its territory.
Konare urged African ministers to discuss thoroughly, the issue, which affects many African countries.
"We must hold important meetings on this issue, which should result in a meeting with the European Union.
But the least is to get a common position before starting discussion with the EU," the AU chief pointed out.
Konare also warned against the dangers of mass exodus of Africans to Europe.
Earlier, Gambian Vice-President Isatou Njie Saidy, had urged ministers "to devise strategies and positions to protect Africans against humiliations and racism.
" The Ministerial Council meeting ends Thursday, ahead of the 1-2 July AU leaders summit.

28 june 2006 17:26:00

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