G7: Yes to migrant rights but also border defence, draft doc

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26 May, 20:41

    TAORMINA- A draft of the final G7 statement, still being negotiated, said that "while supporting the human rights of migrants and refugees, we reaffirm the sovereign rights of Stats to control their borders and set clear limits to net levels of immigration, as a key element in their national security and economic wellbeing".

    The draft of the statement of the G7 summit in Taormina calls for a partnership with migrants' countries of origin, according to a copy of the document that is still subject to negotiation and was seen by ANSA. "The management and control of migrant flows requires - while taking account of the distinction between refugees and economic migrants - both an emergency and long-term approach," it read. It said the G7 leaders "agree on establishing a partnership to help countries create conditions within their borders to resolve the causes of migration.

    Italian diplomatic sources said that a "good compromise has been reached" on migrants for the G7 summit's final statement.

    "The global approach to the problem, including a long-term one with the involvement of the countries of origin and shared responsibility, is recognised," the sources said. They said that the discussion of the issue by G7 leaders "will be tomorrow" and that work was continuing on two special paragraphs of the final document, while stressing that "there are no problems" with the Americans on this. .

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