Statements by the Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors on recent events in Lagos, Nigeria and Lampedusa Is., Italy
Plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria
The Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors of the ACP GroupH.E. Fatumanava III Dr. Pa’o LUTERU, Ambassador of Samoa, was shocked and dismayed to learn of the tragedy that occurred in Nigeria on 3rd October 2013 when an Associate Airlines plane crashed at the Lagos airport, killing at least 15 of its passengers.
On behalf of the ACP Group, the Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors presents his sincere condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria and expresses deepest sympathy to the families of the victims.
Boat sinks off the Island of Lampedusa
The Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors expresses profound sadness following the tragedy that took place on 3 October 2013 when a boat coming from Libya and carrying about 500 migrants from the Horn of Africa, sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Only 150 of the passengers were rescued.
The Chairman further expressed his distress and grave concern at the frequent occurrence of this type of tragic incident which serves as a constant reminder of the urgent need to attack the root causes of the circumstances that drive so many ACP nationals to embark on such desperate voyages and to intensify the search for appropriate solutions to the challenges of migration, including through the ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development.
On behalf of the ACP Group, the Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors extends his profound condolences to the countries and families affected and empathises with the national mourning declared by the Italian Government.
Brussels, 4 October 2013
– ACP CoA