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Minister Murphy in Luxembourg to discuss Migration, Syria and EU relations with Africa, Caribbean an

Minister Murphy in Luxembourg to discuss Migration, Syria and EU relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries

The Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy TD, is in Luxembourg today (Monday) to attend a meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers.
Preparations for the Valletta summit on migration, the situation in Libya, the ongoing conflict in Syria and the EU’s relationship with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, are on the agenda.
Speaking in advance of the meeting, Minister Murphy said:
“The challenge to Europe posed by the migration crisis is unprecedented in recent decades. The EU must work together in a spirit of solidarity and co-operation if we are to meet the challenge.  Ireland has tried to be both compassionate and practical, seeking to alleviate suffering as well as tackling the root causes of migration.” 

The meeting will also address the situation in Libya and Syria, and the UN-led efforts to find a political resolution to the crises. Minister Murphy added:
“I welcome the latest developments in the Libyan peace talks and support the EU in calling on all parties to endorse the agreement proposed by the UN.

"Ministers will also discuss the situation on the ground in Syria and consider how the EU can support the UN-led process to find a lasting and sustainable settlement of the conflict. The resumption of meaningful peace negotiations at the earliest possible opportunity is the priority for Ireland and for the EU. The crisis in Syria affects us all, as the recent migration crisis has underlined.  We need to support a comprehensive response, which addresses the humanitarian and security consequences of the conflict as well as moving to a political resolution.  I call on all States with influence on the parties to the conflict to give their full support to the UN’s efforts.”
The Council meeting will also discuss EU relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.  
“Given the focus of our aid programme, I very much welcome this opportunity to highlight the importance Ireland attaches to our relations with the ACP countries. The world has changed since Cotonou in 2000.  I look forward to discussing with our EU partners how the relationship can evolve and develop into one more suited to the world in which we are currently living and to new challenges as they emerge”, Minister Murphy said.

12 OCTOBER 2015