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Libya hosts Africa-EU meeting with a proposal

November 29, 2010 - LIBYA

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi proposed to the 27-nation European Union in August that the bloc pay Libya 5 billion euros a year to stop African migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe. The proposal, an expansion of a controversial related deal with Italy, is expected to be the main topics at the Africa-European Union meeting, probably at the ministerial level, in Libya in November. European trade and investment are also on the agenda, and could be stipulated in any final deal. Africa-EU summits take place every three years. The first was in Cairo in 2000. This third EU-Africa summit will take place in Tripoli or Sirte.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi proposed to the 27-nation European Union in August that the bloc pay Libya 5 billion euros a year to stop African migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe. The proposal, an expansion of a controversial related deal with Italy, is expected to be the main topics at the Africa-European Union meeting, probably at the ministerial level, in Libya in November. European trade and investment are also on the agenda, and could be stipulated in any final deal. Africa-EU summits take place every three years. The first was in Cairo in 2000. This third EU-Africa summit will take place in Tripoli or Sirte. At a state dinner in Italy for Gaddafi, foreign minister Franco Frattini of Italy, affirmed that the bloc would consider the proposal. He added that the Libyan leader is thinking what all north African leaders are thinking: "they can't and don't want to be the keepers of Europe. Frattini added that Europe "needs to finally get a migration policy, giving plenty of funds to the migrants' countries of origin and helping transitory countries face a huge burden." Italy has a much criticized treaty with Libya. Under the treaty, Italy agreed to pay Libya US $5 billion over 25 years, mainly in the form of infrastructure investments, in compensation for the colonial period. In return, Tripoli allows Italy to take part in sea patrols of the country's coast to intercept the Africans attempting to get to Europe from Libya. (LAST UPDATED SEP 2010)

EU to discuss giving Libya cash to halt migration (EU Business 31 Aug 2010)

EU Africa net

Date written/update: 2010-11-29