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European Socialists against signing of EU Agreement with Libya

BRUSSELS, Jan 11 (KUNA) -- The EU should not sign a Framework Agreement with Libya, which is currently under negotiation, without guaranteeing that Libya takes concrete steps to improve respect for human rights, namely of refugees and migrants, the group of Socialists and Democrats (S and D) in the European Parliament said here Tuesday.
The EU-Libya agreement covers a wide range of areas including political, economics and culture.
"The EU-Libya Framework Agreement can be a positive step to promote mutual understanding but the European Parliament cannot accept an agreement that is not in compliance with European fundamental values", said S and D Member of the European Parliament Ana Gomes, in a statement here tonight.
Gomes who is also the European Parliament rapporteur on this agreement said "Libya must accept a legal presence of UNHCR in the country and a readmission agreement could only be envisaged for irregular immigrants, excluding those who declare themselves asylum-seekers, refugees or persons in need of protection".
The Libyan authorities should also accept a moratorium on the death penalty , added the Portuguese MEP.
The European Parliament will adopt its position on the negotiations on the EU-Libya Framework Agreement during its full session later this month.
The S and D is the second-largest group in the EP. (end) nk.bs KUNA 112131 Jan 11NNNN