African Union seeks to kill EU plan to process migrants in Africa
Exclusive: Leaked paper shows determination to dissuade coastal states from cooperating
Daniel Boffey in Sharm el-Sheikh
Sun 24 Feb 2019 12.33 GMT Last modified on Sun 24 Feb 2019 17.25 GMT
Migrants wait at a naval base in Tripoli. About 20,000 migrants are being held in detention centres in Libya. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty
The African Union is seeking to kill off the EU’s latest blueprint for stemming migration, claiming that it would breach international law by establishing “de facto detention centres” on African soil, trampling over the rights of those being held.
A “common African position paper” leaked to the Guardian reveals the determination of the 55-member state body, currently headed by Egypt, to dissuade any of its coastal states from cooperating with Brussels on the plan.
The EU set plans for “regional disembarkation platforms” in motion last summer to allow migrants found in European waters to have their asylum requests processed on African soil.
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