EU/AFRICA: CONFERENCE ON MIGRATION TO BE STAGED IN EARLY 2006.

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These countries "jealously guard their independence" and are not well disposed towards EU interference in their affairs, according to the Commissioner, who argues that human rights condemnation simply risks rendering these countries deaf to the EU's interests. Following the drama of Ceuta and Melilla and the discovery of sub-Saharan migrants cast back into the Moroccan desert, the EU was accused of closing its eyes to the repressive methods employed by southern Mediterranean states. Franco Frattini responds that respect for human dignity remains a priority for the EU. He has pledged to send teams to these countries to directly monitor the human rights situation and report regularly to the Council. "My preferred method is consultation as the approach that yields results", he concluded.

In this context, he would like to see the EU sign more readmission agreements with source and transit countries. However, the EU will need to offer political and...

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