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EU Discusses African Immigrant Issue

The European Union's top security official says erecting new walls will not hold back the flood of African immigrants seeking to enter EU countries.

EU Security Commissioner Franco Frattini told EU Justice and interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg that 30,000 would-be migrants are waiting in Algeria and Morocco to enter their countries.

He was referring to Spain's North African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, where more than one thousand migrants have scaled razor-wire fences to enter Europe since August. At least 14 have died during the attempts.

Participants at the talks called for debt relief and economic support, as well as closer cooperation with Sub-Saharan African states to address the immigrant issue.

African Union President Alpha Oumar Konare, who attended the meeting, called for closer coordination in efforts to deal with the crisis.

Some information for this story provided by APF and AP.