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ACP-EU joint parliamentary session ends in Togo with concrete resolutions

11-24-2011 16:17 BJT

LOME, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The 22nd joint parliamentary session of Africa-Caribbean-Pacific/European Union (ACP/EU) ended here on Wednesday with concrete resolutions on the consequences of indebtedness on the development of the South, the Somalia crisis and the consequences of the Arab upheavals on the Sub-Saharan Africa.

The two-day Lome meeting called for adoption of appropriate measures which will help reduce the debt of ACP countries whom two- thirds of their member countries are highly indebted.

The forum called for the cancellation of the debt, increasing the repayment period or reimbursement of the money paid and further recommended that the money obtained should be invested in social sectors which are necessary for the development of these countries.

On the food and security situation in Somalia, ACP/EU declared their fears over this situation which affects 13 million people in the Horn of Africa and called for more mobilization of the international community in order to avert the deterioration of the situation.

The meeting resolved that the European Commission will give aid worth 158 million euros to help ease the negative consequences of drought while the major economies within the African Union agreed to release 350 million U.S. dollars for a similar mission.

While discussing the upheaval that was witnessed in some Arab countries and the consequences on Sub-Saharan Africa, the 22nd general assembly session asked ACP and EU countries to assist in the management of the humanitarian crisis that resulted from the region.

The forum expressed fears over the weapons that will be in circulation due to these upheavals especially after the Libyan crisis and these weapons could end up in the hands of Al-Qaeda sympathizers.

The Lome forum equally discussed issues related to the impact of the Lisbon treaty on the ACP-EU partnership and the integration of disabled people in developing countries.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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