|Valletta: Unscrupulous Being in Control of Eritrea & its People- Francois Hollande |
13 November 2015
Speaking to reporters upon arrival at the EU-Africa Summit in Valletta, Malta, 11-12 Nov 2015. French President Francois Hollande called for maximum pressure to be exerted on the unscrupulous Being (reference to Eritrea tyrant Isias Afareqi) in control of Eritrea and its people to stem mass exodus of Eritreans.Watch VOA's Tigrigna video clip and read AP report below
Valletta, Malta, 11 Nov 2015 (AP)--French President Francois Hollande says "maximal" political and diplomatic pressure should be applied on the "unscrupulous leaders" of Eritrea, whose citizens have been fleeing in droves for years to Europe, to mend a serious situation. "Nobody is talking about it. It is a country that is becoming empty of its own population with unscrupulous leaders who let their people go.".
Hollande spoke Wednesday at a European Union-African summit on migrants in Malta.
Eritreans are fleeing what human rights watchdogs call an oppressive state, where jailing can last indefinitely and conscription can last years. They constitute one of the largest groups from Africa seeking asylum in Europe. Tens of thousands have escaped to Europe, many making perilous sailings in smugglers' boats across the Mediterranean to Italy.
Hollande said that Europe's dealings with Eritrea require "a job to be done which is political, and which needs a strict and demanding diplomacy."