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EU-Mali: EEAS statement on the signing of the common communiqué
23.12.16
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A statement issued by a spokesperson for the EU's European External Action Service seeks to clarify what exactly has been agreed between the EU and Mali in relation to cooperation on migration. Recent reports have suggested that the EU and Mali signed a readmission agreement, something that was subsequently denied by the Malian government.

According to the EEAS:

"The Dutch Minister Koenders, who has held talks on migration with the Malian government on 10 and 11 December on behalf of the HRVP, has issued a formal confirmation, as requested by the Malian authorities to the Netherlands and to the EU, to say that the only document signed during this visit is the Joint Communiqué which is already public.

This Communiqué reflects our joint commitment to work together in a spirit of mutual respect and respect of human rights in a number of fields to ensure that migration flows are managed in a coordinated, sustainable, and responsible manner, as agreed between the EU and a number of African countries in Valletta in 2015.

Both sides agreed to develop a Roadmap on priority actions: joint work to tackle root causes of migration, especially on the lack of economic opportunities for young people, and to reinforce civil registry systems and the issuance of secure ID and travel documents and enhance border management.

It also includes the commitment to ensure protection for migrants transiting Mali, to fight against smugglers and traffickers of human beings; and to support readmission and return as well as the reintegration of migrants who return to Mali, as well as their communities.

As you know, through the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU has already dedicated € 152 million to address the root causes of instability and irregular migration and to contribute to good migration management. In fact the bulk of these additional resources are dedicated to the creation of jobs and economic development."

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