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European Parliament
07 December 2007

Today the Pan African Parliament and European Parliament adopted a joint statement on the future of EU-Africa relations to be presented by European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering and Pan-African Parliament President Gertrude Mongella to the summit of EU and African Heads of State and Governments on 8 and 9 December.

The parliaments are strongly convinced that a genuine partnership between Europe and Africa, based on shared values and principles, mutual respect and accountability, and seeking the wellbeing of people, is urgently needed. Through this partnership the two continents should address together global challenges such as poverty and security, climate change, migration, human rights and democracy.

Maria Martens MEP and rapporteur on Africa, underlined in Lisbon the importance of the parliamentary dimension of the EU-Africa Strategy in order to make it a genuine people-centred partnership.

During the Summit, European and African leaders are expected to address some of the most urgent crises that confront the African continent today. "Look at what is happening in Zimbabwe and in Darfur. Europe and Africa must act rapidly, in a true spirit of partnership, to take their responsibility to protect people.r
Africa remains the poorest continent in the world. here is enough food, water, technical know-how, and enough money, to give all people a decent life. It is a matter of political will.

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