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Envoy to OSCE: Estonia pays great attention to migration during EU presidency.

Estonia pays great attention to migration during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Eve-Kulli Kala said at a high-level Mediterranean migration conference in Palermo on Tuesday, October 24.

The ambassador said that Estonia contributes to solving the migration crisis and to improving security and safety in Europe. "It is important that Europe continues to implement a comprehensive and balanced migration policy This covers solving the root causes of migration in cooperation with countries of origin and transit, strong protection of external borders, return of illegal refugees and setting up a resilient asylum system," Kala said.

Talking about the security and safety of Europe, Kala emphasized that solving the migration crisis must start from crisis hotspots, which is why it is essential that the migration and refugee policies are developed in the UN framework and that cooperation with African countries is based on mutual partnership. "A key priority of the EU-Africa Summit taking place in November is youth. Supporting their education, innovation and entrepreneurship will contribute to safer future on both continents," Kala said.

The OSCE Mediterranean Conference taking place in Palermo on Oct. 24-25 is organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Participants of the conference are representatives of the OSCE, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as well as foreign and deputy foreign ministers from many countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


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Date:Oct 26, 2017
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