EU, African leaders call for political solution in Libya

African and European leaders said Friday that a lasting resolution of the issue of African migrants is closely linked to addressing the root causes of the phenomenon and requires a political solution to the persistent crisis in Libya.
“In this respect, they stressed the imperative need for coordinated action involving all the stakeholders concerned, especially the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the
League of Arab States, in order to expedite the lasting solution to the crisis,” said a joint statement on the migrant situation in Libya released today by African Union-European Union summit.
Last night, African and European leaders discussed the media reports on inhuman treatment of African migrants and refugees by criminal groups during their fifth EU-AU summit, which ended in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
They called to support Libya, through international cooperation, in undertaking immediate action to fight against the perpetrator of such crimes, inside and outside Libya, and facilitate voluntary repatriation of the migrants to their countries of origin.

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