Second EU/Africa summit may take place in November in Lisbon

12 January 2007

Berlin, Germany, 12 Jan – The German presidency of the European Union (EU) is attempting to resolve some of the issues that still need to be addressed in order for the second EU/Africa summit Portugal is to organize for November to go ahead, a German diplomat said in Berlin Thursday.

The German foreign ministry is to try to “convince” reticent member states that the summit should go ahead.

The source said that Lisbon and Berlin were working together to “carry out a new assessment of an old problem.”

The heads of state and government of the EU that met in December, in Brussels, supported the holding of the EU/Africa summit in the second half of 2007, in Portugal, when Lisbon take son the European presidency.

The first EU/Africa summit was held in April 2000, in Cairo, during the first Portuguese presidency of the EU.

A second high-level meeting between Europeans and Africans was set for 2003, but did not go ahead due to insurmountable differences of opinion about Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe taking part in the meeting, and who was banned from travelling to Europe.

The German diplomatic source did not go into details about how this stalemate could be resolved. (macauhub)