Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 October 2013

Statement on shipwreck off Lampedusa by Louis Michel, ACP-EU Assembly


Statement on shipwreck off Lampedusa by Louis Michel, ACP-EU Assembly


BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, October 4, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Below please find a statement by Louis Michel, co-president of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly on the tragic shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa, costing the lives of over 350 people. Mr Michel calls for an analysis of the reason driving many Africans from their homes and for radical solutions by both the EU and ACP member states.


“As Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly it is my sad task, on behalf of the Assembly, to express my sincere condolences to all involved in the tragic deaths of more than 350 refugees who perished in the latest capsizing of the vessel near Lampedusa, off the coast of the Italian mainland, on 3 October 2013.”


“Not only do our hearts go out to the victims themselves, many of whom are women and children, but also to the rescue workers who saved the lives of other potential victims and to the personnel on land who had to deal with the tragic aftermath of this awful event. The Assembly will hold, at its next Session in Ethiopia in November, a minute’s silence of respect for the victims and their families.”


“We shall also issue a statement deploring the incident, but, more importantly, calling for an analysis of the factors which lead to so many Africans leaving their homes under such desperate circumstances to search for a better life in the European Union. The authorities of both EU and ACP Member States need to look for radical solutions to this appalling trend which leads to the loss of so many innocent lives.”



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