Gaddafi Opens Africa-EU Summit Calling Halt To Illegal Migration

RTT News Libyan leader Moammer Gaddafi opened on Monday the third Africa-EU Summit with a demand for European support in his efforts to combat illegal migration from Africa, failing which he warned the “Christian, white” continent would become “black.”

Heads of state and government of African and EU countries gathered in the Libyan capital Tripoli to discuss key issues such as Africa’s development goals, bilateral trade and the influx of illegal migrants into Europe.

In his opening remarks, the longest-serving African leader said without technical and financial support from the European bloc, he could not continue efforts to stem the influx of illegal migrants into Europe.

Sudan boycotted the Summit after EU members protested the participation of its President and a Darfur war-crimes suspect, Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Representatives of dozens of African Union and EU-member states, including Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, are attending the two-day Summit that will focus on the economic growth and peace and security of the African continent.

The Summit is set to adopt the Tripoli Declaration, which will contain an AU-EU action plan for the next three years.

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