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EU Parliamant : Cyprus + EU Defense emerge 1st after Strasbourg Islamist Terrorist Attack

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 12 December 2018

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's thanks to EU Parliament's President Antonio Tajani's Firm Will to Advance as scheduled on EU Agenda, despite the unexpected and sudden Upheaval provoked by an unprecedented Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attack killing 4 and Wounding about 10 innocent Civilian People cowardly targeted by one or more Gunmen who escaped from the Police, at least for the time being, that Small but Stategic and Symbolic Cyprus' President, Nicos Anastasiades, (long-time member of the Biggest EU Political Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP), as well as the Timely Debate and Votes on the Creation of a much needed EU Defense Fund, managed to take place, and at the precise Hour on which they had been foreseen !


The European Defense was the 1st Target of that Terrorist Attack, since its Debate had been scheduled for shortly after it started, and its Votes for immediately afterwards, next day, while it also Faced an explicit Call by some MEPs to Stop and Postpone EU Parliaments' work immediately...


But the Chair and Many other MEPs found that, precisely, the Creation of a European Defense was an Important part of the Right Respose to Islamist Terrorism, and, therefore, EU Parliament should go on with its work, as scheduled.


 As for Cyprus' President Anastassiades, he was the Keenote Political Speaker of this Month's EU Parliament's Plenary Session in Strasbourg, on the Future of Europe, and his exchange with MEPs had been scheduled as the Number 1 Item in the Agenda precisely at the Beginning of the Next Day, just After that Deadly Terrorist Attack, which Obliged MEPs, EU Civil Servants and European Journalists to be Deprived of Sleep, overNight, at least until 5 a.m., (See : ...., etc).


A Consequence of that Deadly islamist Terrorist Attack was, thus, inevitably, to Lower the Total Nuùber of MEPs present at the Hemicycle, (since Most of those who had been obliged to face a Sleepless Night, had been naturally pushed towards an Afternoon Only Programme, the Next Day), as also Experienced Cypriot MEP Helen Theocharous, (Head of succe full Center-Right  Political Party "Solidarity"), observed.


But, on the Contrary, all this had, naturally, brought a Better Quality of MEPs present, since only People like, f.ex., President Tajani himself, Commissioner Jyrkui Katainen, or Manfred Weber, from Germany, Head of ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group of MEPs and "Spitzen-Kandidate" for 2019 EU Election, Ska Keller, from Germany too, Head of "Greens" Group of MEPs, Nicolas Bay, from France, Head of ENF Group, (etc).  

 
Significantly, moreover, an initially Scheduled Debate on "BREXIT"'s latest developments was Skiped, for Later on, while, on the Contrary, the emblematic Cyprus' debate remained as it had been foreseen, at the very Beginning of Today Morning...


- "United, we shall Win against Terrorism !", vowed from the outset, President Nicos Anastasiades, urging to protect "Peace and Security" against  "Fear and Terror".     


+Inter alia, Advancing from Soft Power towards Strengthening Europe's Defense, the possibilities exist in order to ameliorate further what was obtained by Lisbon Treaty, he observed, eyeing in particular the forthcoming EU Brussels' Summit of 13-14 December 2018;


This should be done, as always, in a climate of consenus, taking into account the particuliar sensitivities of each Member State, for the necessary Convergence, she pointed out.


- "Cyprus was and still is a warm Supporteur of the incessantly extending Defensive and Military Cooperation between EU Member States"S, President Nico Anastassiades stressed.


+ And it's among those Countries which expressed, from the start, their wish to be enrolled at PECO"; he reminded.


>>> But, even if we Recognize PESCO as a Decisive Step,, nevertheless, "our Dream still remains the EU's Autonomous Military,  the creation of a European Army, firmly stressed Cyprus' President; as far as the Horizon is concerned.


- I.e., "a structure of Hard Power, which will Protect EU's Borders,     and will operate always in order to defend and dissuade, serving Europe's interests", Anastasiades concluded. 

   
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    + Last, but no least, EU must Listen at the Civil Society, and Hear what our Citizens have to say, in order to understand the reasons of abstention, gap and trust crisis, he added, urging no to destroy, but Change the EU for something Better.


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- Cypriot People identified right from the start their own fate, with that of the EU and other EU Citizens, expecting that Accession would play a role of Catalst into providing similar elementary Rights and Freedoms, as for all other EU Citizens, without Dividing Lines, without Foreigners' Claims for unilateral Intervention, presence of Occupation Army, and Restrictions of fundamental liberties", he highlighted, (as far as Turkey'sd claims are : See also ..., etc).

 

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Finally, Anastasiades pointed at the recently agreed "Permanant Trilateral Staff", Headquarted in Cyprus, for Multilateral Cooperations in South Eastern Mediterranean, with Countries such as Egypt, Israel, Jordany, Lebanoin, Palestine, etc, "Based on International Law, mutual Respect and Guarantees", as a Regional Contribution for an EU which primotes Peace, Stability, Solidarity, Security and Prosperity, including, particularly on Energy Supplies and Transports Diversification.

 

 

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(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora"'s Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be Published asap).


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EU Parliament locked in by Terrorist Attack in Strasbourg as Cyprus President arrives

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
 
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- All People working in EU Parliament s Plenary Session this week in Strasbourg were suddenly locked in, as a Security precaution, after a Deadly Terrorist Attack reportedly killed 3 and wounded more than 9 civilian victims targetted by at least one gunman who apparently escaped downtown.

 

 The unprecedented incident occured just after Cyprus President Nicos Anastassiades arrived to Strasbourg in order to address EU Parliament early tomorrow morning, and while EU Commissioner Wolfgang Oettinger, earlier in charge of Energy, and nowadays of the Budget, was speaking in the Plenary.

 

Cyprus Ambassador to the CoE in Strasbourg; Mr Attias, speaking to "Eurofora" by phone, said that the President was well and safe, as several MEPs referred to the tragic incidents, while the 1st speaker, German ChristianDemocrat/EPP Monika Hollmayer, Rapporteur also for Security issues, was curiously absent, perhaps locked out of the Parliament, as the 2019 Budget debate was starting when the incidents were anounced, followed by the creation of a European Defence Fund (see infra).

  

 The recognized armed Terrorist reportedly attacked Civilian People at a well known pedestrian street, not far away from the Cathedral, crossing  Strasbourg's Central Square Kleber, from which pass most Public Transports, including some coming from, or going towards the Quarter of European Institutions' Headquarters. Shots and victims apparently continued also towards a touristic Square Gutemberg, where has now been set up a nice "village" from Finland, the current President of PanEuropean CoE for the periiod of November 2O18-May 2019. Afterwards, a gunman reportedly run into a traditional commercial street, at the older and more touristic area of the city.
 
Initially, Strasbourg had quite strong Security Measures during its Traditional "Christmas Market", each December, even Earlier than Other Cities, because of a Strange but anodynous Incident in the Past, at nearby Frankfurt, etc., when a Video had revealed that Islamist Extremists might seek to destroy Christian Historic Cathedrals in Europe. Often, the French JHA Minister was visiting to verify the Security Measures in Strasbourg, before the Christmas Market starts, and this was done, Recently, this year, also with the New JHA v.Minister Laurent Nunez, (Comp. his Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions, precisely about Terrorist Risks and European Cooperation, at : ...).
 
 But, some Days ago, we had been Surprized to find out that, soon After 8 p.m., almost all those Security Measures were routinely Lifted, everyday, except during the Week-End, (reportedly because the Christmas Market was closing then)...It's precisely that Lacuna that the Deadly Terrorist(s) of Today Exploited in order to Cowardly Target and kill innocent Civilian People, at the Time when they were Leaving to Return back Home... 
 
 
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+In the Meantime, inside EU Parliament, all the Locked in MEPs, Assistants, Civil Servants, Journalists, etc., had gathered at the Hemicycle in order to hear the President Antonio Tajani speak about the Practical Organisation of a Way out, in the best possible Security, as long as the Armed Terrorist(s) had Not yet been arrested by the French Police, which was still Searching to find at least 1 armed Suspect, Blocking, for that purpose, almost All the Center of DownTown (where many MEPs' Hotels were located), including most Transports. 
 
 Interestingly, from the point of view of Human Solidarity, several MEPs loudly Refused to Leave the First, with Cars and Drivers Protected by the French Police, as long as there wasn't yet found a Satisfactory Solution for their Assistants, the Civil Servants, and other EU Parliament's staff !  Curiously, Nobody hadn't yet spoken aloud for the numerous Journalists (including "Eurofora"), who were still working in the Press Room...
 
 
In Addition, a Call was Launched for the confined MEPs to Hold a Minute of Silence, in Memory and with Respect of the Victims of that Terrorist Attack, (See relevant "Eurofora"s Photo), while the Incoming News kept Augmenting the Total Number of persons Wounded or Killed...  
 
 
 But, Most of the Time sped in Plenary, overNight, until more than 4 a.m. in the Early Morning, (and withOut Any Translation, while some spoke French, other English, or German, even Italian, etc), seeking to organize a Safe Return back to MEPs' a.o. Hotels, Homes, etc, while, a the same Time Down Town reportedly several Hundreds of Policemen were sreportedly Searching to Find and arrest one or more Armed Terrorist(s) who still circulating free, so that Noone was Safe, unless protected by special Police Cars.... 
 
Finaly, "Eurofora" (with a Wounded Leg, etc), was obliged to leave almost the Last from EU Parliament's PressRoom, Later than 4 a.m...

EUParliament Budget Committee Head Arthuis to EF: +1 Billion € more to Turkey by EU, No States (2019

Written by ACM
Monday, 10 December 2018

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced former Minister, Head of Political Party, and nowadays President of EU Parliament's powerful Budget Committee, Jean Arthuis, Replying to "Eurofora"'s Questions on the New EU Annual Budget for 2019, which is due to be Debated Tomorrow, Tuesday, and Voted on Wednesday, by EU Parliament's Plenary Session in Strasbourg, expressed, in general, his Satisfaction, about a notable Augmentation of EU Funds for some Popular EU Programs (See Infra), but Acknowledged, also, the Fact that he was Not Glad for an UnExpected "Push" by some inside EU Council, to Impose to this EU Budget to pay 2 Billions €, out of a Total of 3 Billions €, to Turkey's Controversial Blackmail Deal in order to Help Stop a     2015/2016 Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants sudden "Tsunami" Massive Influx, instead of "Only" 1 Billion € Back on 2017/2018, the Rest coming from EU Member States' National Budgets.

 

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An overall Inter-Institutional Agreement on the 2019 EU Budget, between the European Council and the Parliament, was notoriously Negotiated with EU Council by Italian Socialist MEP Daniele Viotti and Experienced Austrian ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP, Paul Rübig, and has just Received a "Green Light" in a Positive Vote by EU Parliament's Budget Committee's Members this Monday Evening, with 17 MEPs against 2, and 5 Abstentions.

 

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- President Arthuis, (a Centrist/Liberal  supporter of new French President Macron), told "Eurofora" that he was Glad because EU Parliament succeeded to get for 2019 some Bigger Sums of EU Funds, than what had been Initially proposed by EU Commission and/or EU Council, in such Flagship Popular European Programs, as "Erasmus" (for Young Students), Small/Medium Businesses, and "Horizon" (Scientific/Technological Research), etc., that co-Rapporteur Rübig had also Highlighted as Important Points, even more for this year, Speaking to "Eurofora" Earlier.

Moreover, some Millions €, among those initially earmarked for controversial and unpopular EU Accession candidacy by Turkey, had been "Freezed", also on 2019, for reasons of Human Rights Violations, anew, Arthuis confirmed.(Obviously, however, this could Not Compare with the ..3 Billions € that Turkey received from the EU, in Addition, since a 2015-2016 Blackmail : See Infra)...

 

Previously, however, Turkey had notoriously exerted a Blackmail on EU Council members, since Back on 2015, in the middle of an UnPrecedented and UnWarned, sudden Influx of +1,5 Million Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants tresspassing inside Europe through Turkey, particularly a Sunday in Brussels, when, Moreoever, Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attacks, cowardly Targetting innocent Civilian People, had obliged to even Block Public and Private Transports DownTown... One of the Results was an EU Promise to Pay 3 Billions € to Turkey, in full Grants, each Year, (reportedly Agreed on 2015, and endorsed on March 2016).

 

This worked Despite the Fact that several EU Countries had, Meanwhile, decided and Succeeded to Close the Western Balkans Route for that Massive Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants UnPrecedented "Tsunami", suddenly tresspassing into Europe, through Turkey, (See concrete Facts and Proof from International, UNHCR + IOM Official Data, already Published by "Eurofora" since May 2016, at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unpopulareuvisafreefor80millionsturksuseless.html).


At the Beginning, it was mainly the EU Member States who advanced that Money, which did Not come from EU's normal Budget, so that, Last Year (2018), 2 Billions € came from National Budgets, and just 1 Billion € from EU's normal Budget, Arthuis reminded to "Eurofora".


- But, suddenly, this Time, some from EU Council "put it bluntly" to EU Parliament, asking, in a very "Sovereign way", from the normal EU Budget to pay the DOUBLE : i.e. 2 Billions € for Turkey on 2019, (in addition to just 1 Billion € from the States now).


- "We didn't like that", since, moreover, "EU Parliament and EU Counci are Both Equal Parts of EU's Budget Authorities", in principle, "but, since several Collegues (MEPs) didn't want problems nowadays, we decided to accept", President Arthuis told us.


=> However, "Eurofora" raised the Obvious Question, where EU Parliament found all that Money, (+200% !), suddenly asked for Turkey for 2019 (i.e. 2 Billions €, instead of 1, from EU Funds, and no more States' Funds, Comp. Supra) ? Are there any Other Important EU Activities/Programs, which might "Suffer" from such a last-minute Manoeuvre ?


According to some Other EU Parliament's sources, that Supplementary +1 Billion € for 2019 would have been taken from various EU Funds initially scheduled for Chapters 3 = 4 of EU's Annual Budget, both from Internal ane External Activities, (but withOut Specifying yet clearly enough)...


However, in such circumstances, various Concrete Hypothesis could give an Idea of what this might really mean in Practice, f.ex. by Questioning whether any Important EU Program or Activity might, perhaps, have been Affected.


Inter alia, f.ex., at anOther Report, scheduled for Debate and Vote by EU Parliament during this Same Week, MEPs Dream for a Europe with "Autonomous access to SPACE", and even "Independence" in Space High-Tech., as relevant Amendments stress from the Start of active Young Italian MEP Massimiliano Salini's Draft on EU's "Space Agency" and its "Program".


Inter alia, f.ex., "Galileo" and "Copernicus" Programs should not only "Continue", but "they Must also be Improved", in order to "remain at the Forefront in view of New Technology Developments and the Transformations in the digital and information and communications technology domains, meet the New Needs of users", EU Commission and Parliament agreed.


But, even if the "Exploration of Outer Space", and "SST", etc., are evoked by that Report, on the Contrary, the Words "Human Space Flight", "Austronaut and "Planet", etc, seem, Curiously, Absent in that, otherwise interesting Paper, despite the fact that they are, notoriously, Key in order to Boost Space Technologies, while New US President Don Trump's NASA reportedly comes Back to such "Classic" Plans in the foreseable Future, (including, f.ex., Preparations for Moon and/or Mars' Landings, etc), and China ambitiously aims to catch up the soonest...


Could it be due to a Restriction of EU Funds, (naturally related also to the presence, or not, of a Strong Political Will, and Ambitious overall Vision for Europe), at the Same Time that EU Parliament is apparentlly Obliged to seek to make several Economies Sparing EU earmarked Funds also for Turkey's +1 Billion € More per Year, (i.e. 2 Billions € for Turkey during this Year 2019, instead of 1 Before, out of 3 Billions € in Total : Comp. Supra), Contrary to what was reportedly expected ?


Inter alia, also the Experience of a key Previous INTW of President Arthuis, but Also of various Other European Space Programs' related Top Experts, in the recent Past, naturaly Raises such Critical Questions, (Comp., f.ex., also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eufundsforturkeyonlyifconditions.html , etc)...


F.ex., among various other relevant Facts, "Eurofora" remembers also that, according to Top Space Experts, Europe would be Glad to have around just ...Half a Billion €, or, elsewhere, 1,2 Billion €, in order to Fund some Ambitious Programs concerning Planets' Exploration, Human Space Flight projects, etc.


Should Europeans be obliged to lose such Strategic Chances, for a 2nd Time, just because of a blunt Turkish Blackmail on 2015/2016 (Comp. Supra) ?

 

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CoE: Turkey Repeat-Offender in DisRespect of ECHR Judgements on Cyprus' Refugees + Missing People

Written by ACM
Thursday, 06 December 2018
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- For the 2nd Time in an Exceptional Row, CoE's Highest Political body, that of its 47 Member States' strong (including Russia) Committee of Ministers, slamed anew Turkey's Persisting Refusal to Cooperate on monitoring the execution of ECHR Judgements, which have notoriously Condemned Ankara for a series of Massive and Continuing Violations of Human Rights of Greek-Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons and even "Missing" People and their Families, since the 1974 Military Invasion and Occupation of the Northern Part of EU Member Cyprus, (See, already : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/turkeuyrefusescooperationwithcoe.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucoereactonturkeyrefusaltocooperate.html , etc).


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    Turkey not only Refused to Participate in CoE's relevant Discussions (Extending now on December 2018 the Negative Stance that it Adopted since last September), and did Not Cooperate with its Committee of Ministers in its Task to supervise ECHR's Judgments' Execution, but even Persisted to its Long Abstention from Paying the Just Satisfaction awarded by the European Court to the Victims, in more than 30 Cases of Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced Persons, and in the landmark "Varnavas" Case of 9 "Missing" People, (at least 2 of whom had been found "Detained at the Time of their Disappearance", as CoE reminded), as well as on the cases of Homes and other private Properties of "Enclaved" Greek Cypriots inside the Occupied Territories Controlled by Ankara's Army, who are included in the overall, Inter-State Case of "Cyprus v. Turkey" (which concerns almost All Violations of Human Rights committed by Ankara in Cyprus).

    => According to the Officially Published CoE's Decisions, the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, expressed its "Deep Regret" anew for "the decision of Turkey Not to Participate in the Discussions" of CoE's Committee of Ministers on all these affairs, 'and called, once again, on Turkey to Co‑operate with the Committee", while Also "Insist(ing) again Firmly on the ...Obligation of Turkey to Pay the just satisfaction Awarded by the European Court" in those cases, "withOut further Delay".


    + For that purpose, CoE also Decided "to Resume Consideration" on the issues of Greek Cypriot "Missing" Persons (Both on Compensations and Investigations for their Fate), and Refugees/Displaced persons (Compensations), the Earliest possible :  I.e. at its Next Meeting for Human Rights, on "March 2019".


    This will be Closely Followed by CoE's Examination of "Individual Measures" that Turkey has to take in the 33 Cases of GC Refugees/Displaced persons, as well as on the "Information" that "certain (COE Member States' National) Delegations requested" concerning "the Situation of the ... Property" of the Refugee/Displaced person in "Loizidou case" (that Turkey curiously seeks to ..."Close", withOut even Replying to Questions ! See Infra), on "June 2019".


    Further, "the Issue of the Property Rights of the Enclaved persons", in the Inter-State case "Cyprus v. Turkey"), will be resumed on "September 2019".


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    Significantly, this important Meeting, which durated during 3 Days  (November 4 to 6, 2018) , was Chaired by French Ambassador Jean-Baptiste  Mattei, (according to an established practice), just a few Months before France takes over CoE's rotating Presidency, from May to November 2019.


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    Cyprus Denounced the fact that, at least in the well-known Refugee/Displaced persons' "Case of Xenides-Arestis", "almost 12 Years (sic !) have Elapsed since Just Satisfaction fell Due", i.e. Turkey's Refusal to Pay the Compensation judged by ECHR, resulted in "the Longest Default in the History of the (European) Convention system" !...


    + Moreover, Cypus had "Urged" the CoE to "Resist" to Turkey's "Blackmail", which is notoriously Seeking mainly a ..."Closure" of the Most Famous, "Loizidou" case, among Refugees/Displaced persons(added even to 2 Other such cases), Threatening, Otherwise, to Persist even Longer in its Refusal to Participate at CoE's Deliberations in all those other affairs (Comp. Supra). But, such "Closure(s)", Paradoxicaly, ..."would Reward Turkey for its Non-Payment, and, in particular, for its Non-Cooperaton with (CoE's) Committee" of Ministers, and "it would be utterly Wrong to End (CoE's) Supervision, in circumstances where Turkey Seeks to make Closure a Condition for its future Cooperation".


   Simply Because,


-  in Addition to the Fact that there are still Many pertinent UnAnswered "Question"s in this Case (Loizidou, etc), some Already Raised also by Other National Delegations, (See Infra),


+ + "FurtherMore",,Otherwise, a "Closure" of the remaining Loizidou affair and/or Other 2 Cases singled out by Ankara, "would send a most Unfortunate Signal to any Other State that might, in Future, contemplate embarking upon a Similar Policy of Non-Cooperation, in order to Pressurise the (CoE's) Committee into Favouring its point of view", so that "Undermining the work of (CoE's) Committee" Risks  to become "a Practice that is Tolerated, and, in fact, bears fruit", Cyprus Warned.


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    As for the still UnAnswered Questions in the Landmark "Loizidou" case, they are related with the most Fundamental Human Rights' Key-Issue in Refugees/Displaced persons cases, both in Europe and Worldwide :


    - That for "RESTITUTION" of the Victims' Family Homes and/or other Private Properties, as Preferable to mere Financial Compensation, since it Helps much More (and Often is really Necessary, in Practice) for their voluntary RETURN to their Ancestral Land, (as it's Stressed even by UNO's most Important Report and Guiding "Principles", drafted by Professor Pinheiro, and Endorsed by UNHCR, UNHCHR and UNO's Secretary General, at nearby Geneva : Comp., f.ex.  ...). Cyprus' Government also finds these Questions "Vitally Important".


    Indeed, Turkey Refused any "Restitution" of Miss Loizidou's properties (as for Most Other Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons) in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, controlled by Ankara's Military, by Claiming that this would have become "ImPossible", mainly because they would have been "Transferred" to so-called "Turkish Cypriot Refugees", (in fact, People who had freely Left the Non-Occupied, but Government-controlled, Areas, leaving their belongings "by way of Exchange"), and, Afterwards, her Properties would have undergone so "considerable Changes", that these would "Prevent the ....Restitution", (Even ... "After the Solution of Cyprus' [Political] Problem" !)... Thus, Turkey reportedly offered to the Greek Cypriot Refugee/IDP, Only a mere Financial Compensation, which, in addition, appeared too much Lower than what had been previously attributed by ECHR (See Infra)...


    => But, this Raised a series of Questions, which have Not yet been Answered by the Turkish side, as Cyprus observed :


    (1) Where is the EVIDENCE that those alleged Turkish Cypriots would have left the Government-controlled Areas, leaving behind their Belongings for exchange, and to whom would have been Transferred the properties of Greek Cypriot Refugee Loizidou, in the Territories of Cyprus still Occupied by Ankara's Militay ? No Reply yet...


    (2) WHEN were reportedly Transferred to those Turkish Cypriots the above-mentioned Properties of that Greek Cypriot Refugee/IDP ? Before, or After ECHR's JUDGEMENT of 1996, which, notoriously, "Confirmed" that she Remained the Lawful Owner ?


    (3) Which are the alleged "CHANGES" that Turkey Claims on the Greek Cypriot Refugee/IDP's properties ? On the Contrary, at least "Some of that Property" seems to be "EMPTY and UnDeveloped", therefore, "so, in principle, Available for Restitution", Cyprus observed...


    (4) Why was the Turkish Offer (for Finanial Compensation) so LOW ? Cyprus calculated, indeed, that they would have "Valued the use of the Property at barely HALF the rate awarded by the ECHR" for a previous period...


+ Moreover, Significantly,  the Chair of a Controversial "Immovable Property Commission" unilaterally set up by the Turkish side in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, controlled by Ankara's Invasion and Occupation Military, claiming to give there a Monopoly in Dealing with Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons' Rights, Quoted in a Press Article ("Diyalog", 24/3/2018), has reportedly stated that, inter alia, also that "....the More LAND is TURKIFIED, the Right of the Greek Cypriot side to demand Land in the North will be Abolished" (sic !)...

=> In Consequence, it "would be Manifestly UnJust" to "Close the Case", while "Turkey is (still) under an Obligation to provide Answers to these Questions, so that the (CoE's) Committee may be in a position to take a fully Informed Decision on that matter", instead of "resolv(ing) those UnCertainties withOut Evidence", Cyprus concluded.


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On the Contrary, it's Only in 2 Other Cases, among those 33 ECHR Judgements still Pending for Execution, in various Individual Affairs of Refugees/Displaced persons, that "Friendly Agreements" were reached between the Appliquants and Turkey, after the First "Surrendered ...the Ownership of their Properties", and "Turkey has Complied with the terms of those Arrangements", the Government of Cyprus pointed out, apparently Concluding that these 2 Individual cases, may be, Exceptionally, Closed.


Something which, Obviously, isn't but a Tiny part among More than +180.000 - 200.000  Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons, who were Obliged to Flee Turkey's Military Invasion and Ocupation of the Northern Territories of Cyprus by Ankara's Army since 1974, and are Still Hindered Today to Return Back to Family Homes and Ancestral Land.

A Few Years Ago, around 2016, UN-sponsored Top Level Talks on Cyprus, mainly at nearby Switzerland, reportedly had managed to Mark an exceptional Advance, including, partiçularly, on an eventual Draft Plan with Map for Refugees/Displaced persons' possible Return, which was, exchanged for the 1st Time between the parties.


But, shortly Afterwards, all that was Blocked mainly because Ankara's Instisted to Keep, not only a Number of Troops in Cyprus, even After a Political Solution, but even a Claim for more Unilateral Military Interventions, whenever, in the Future, Turkey might deem necessary.

(Something that, on the Contrary, Both Greece and the UK, accepted to Stop, as Cyprus naturally wished to Prevent Other Tragedies, as in the Past, by Building, this Time, a "Normal, Independent and Sovereign State", that New UNO Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, reportedly found Natural).


Following that, Later-on, the Turkish-Cypriot side even, reportedly, Asked and Withdrew the Map that had been Earlier exchanged and agreed, (Comp. Supra)...


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Meanwhile, this week, Both COE's Secretariat and Cyprus' Government, reminded the Fact that, Already 4 Years Ago, since 2014, CoE's Committee of Ministers, (facing Turkey's Failure to Pay, at least, the Compensations awarded by ECHR's Judgements to several Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons), had adopted 2 Resolutions Warning Ankara that its Continued Refusal to Pay that Just Satisfaction awarded by ECHR to the Victims of the "Varnavas" Case ("Missing" Persons and their Families), as well as to 33 Cases of Refugees/Displaced persons in the so-called "Xenides -Arestis Group", was in Flagrand Conflict with its International Obligaions, Not Only as a Contracting Party to the PanEuropean Conention on Human Rights, but Also as a CoE's Member State...


=> Obviously, the Double Supplementary Fact that such a Problem (of Refusal to Pay ECHR-awarded Compensations to the Victims) still Persists for Turkey, even on 2018, to which was Recently Added even an UnPrecedented Refusal to Cooperate with CoE for the Execution of ECHR's Judgements, (Comp. Supra), makes Ankara's position inside the CoE, even More Problematic...

It's in such a particularly "Hot" Context, f.ex. that an Exasperated Appliquant Refugee/IDP, who had already Waited ... 13 Years (between 1997 and 2010) for an ECHR Judgement Condemning Turkey for Violating his Human Rights, later Added to anOther + 8 Years More (2010 - 2018+), withOut any Payment, until now, by Ankara of the Just Satisfaction ordered by the ECHR, (=> thus Resulting in ... 21 Years of Delay : 1997 - 2018 !), suddenly erupted :


- CoE's Committee of Ministers  should "Go Beyond Literary Decisions, that are Repeatedly Ignored" by Turkey,  "and take Practical Measures to EnForce and achieve Execution of the ... ECtHR Judgement", he suggested in a Letter send to Strasbourg :


=> "To this end", f.ex., CoE should "Issue a Final Warning" to Turkey, "to Immediately Execute the Judgement on Just Satisfaction, (issued 8 Years Ago), since Failure to Execute the Judgement would indicate that :


"1. Turkey Continuously Breaches, and does Not fully Implement the European Convention on Human Rights, and, Consequently, does Not Meet anymore the Copenhagen eligibility Criteria (needed in order) to Be Candidate for Accession to the EU",


"2. there is ground for a process for Expulsion of Turkey from the CoE, due to Violating its Statutes".


+° Also, if" Turkey "Fails Again to Implement the Judgment", CoE's "Committee of Ministers" could "Initiate a Process leading into Confiscating Assets/Holdings" of Ankara "in a European Country; ( e.g. France, where both ECtHR and CoE are Based), for Payment of the above", he finally suggested...


It's a Scandalous Fact that, meanwhile, several Victims of Human Rights' Violations by Turkey in Cyprus have already Started to ...Die, Passing Away in Old Age, while vainly Waitibng for Ankara to Implement ECHR's Judgements, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/turkeyblocksechrjudgementswhilevictimsdie.html, etc).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Former long-time President of ECHR, Luzius Wildhaber, from Switzerland, was the 1st to ask sincere "Excuses", for the Death of an Old Woman Refugee, who disappeared withOut even seeing an ECHR Judgement implemented in her case, after Waiting for Decades : - "This is Not Normal, and Must Not Happen again !", President Wildhaber had said then, sincerely moved, in Reply to a Question by "Eurofora"s co-Founder, (Published then at "TCWeekly").

 

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GermLine Manip. staged as outcry v. China, is US Obama Lobby Hypocrisy=> Need for Trump+Xi joint NO

Written by ACM
Friday, 30 November 2018
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Investigation of Real Data reveals that what was presented, these Days, as a public outcry against an obscure Chinese Researcher, at a far away Province in China, abusively testing a Germ-line Manipulation on 2 newborn Chinese Babies, Revealing that at "a Conference in China", and triggering mainly Western Countries' strong Criticism for Dangerously Changing the Genome across Future Generations, by the Gene-Editing new Technology of CRISPR-cas9, seems to be, in Fact, the Opposite :


- I.e. a staged Attempt by a USA-based Lobby linked to former President Barack Hussein Obama's "Socialist" Dems' Big Pharma Establishment, to Export, Publicize, and soon Impose currently illegal and Prohibited Genetic Manipulations on Human Embryos, even despite obvious Risks, not only for the Cobays, but also for Humankind's Future, and Contrary to National and International Legal Rules, by undermining and Skiping the legitimate Policy of New US President Don Tump, (at least partly Similar to those of his predecessor Republican former US President GW Bush, as well as to various Other, mainly Conservative Heads of State around the World, old and new, among those Heads of State/Government gathered these same Days in Argentina for the "G-20" Summit, which may offer a Timely Occasion, incl to start Firmly Confirming some core Principles, including after Trump - Xi's, much awaited USA-China Bilateral Top Meeting at its Conclusion)...


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 Indeed, the Young Chinese rogue Researcher, He Jiankui, who notoriously Manipulated the Heritable Genome of 2 Embryos, before they gave Birth at a Southern Chinese Province, had been, in fact, Educated in the USA, Both for his PhD. and Post-Doc. Work, during former US President Barack Hussein Obama's era, on 2010 and 2012, respectively :

I.e., by a striking "Coincidence", precisely just after Obama had Lifted, (by his 1st Important Decision, back since March 2009), most of a former Prohibition of Federal Funding for Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos, (which had been Established and Confirmed, Earlier, by his predecessor, Republican former US President GWBush, twice, on 2001 and 2005+).


+Moreover, Both his 2 US Mentors were California "Dems", Educated during former US Presidet Bill Clinton's era in the 1990ies, and Appointed Professors of University, Heads of Institutes, etc., at Key Jobs for Human Genetics raising big BioEthical Issues, during another "Socialist" ("Dem") President, Barack Hussein OBAMA, (2010-2016) :


- F.ex., Professor Michael Deem, (his PhD. former Director), at Rice University, Texas, a Specialist of "BioMedical Engineering", including on "HIV" and the "Immune System", as well as "Viruses", "Vaccines", etc, (i.e. Precisely there where Jiankui Manipulated Genetically those 2 Chinese Babies, reportedly seeking to make them Immune during their Lives and even Generations),  even eyeing at "Evolution that accounts for Cross-Species Genetic Exchange " (sic !), according to his own presentation, whose Research is Funded by several US Government Authorities (f.ex. in Health, Energy and Defense, etc.), as well as by USA's National Academy of Sciences, whose President, Marcia McNutt, was appointed during Obama's era (from 4/2016), openly Supporting OBAMA's "Climate Change and National Security" policy since 2016, and even OBAMA's plaidoyerie for "Heritable Gene Editing" on Humans sooner of later in the foreseable Future, (Published in a February 2017 Report). Deem reportedly told to the American Press that he had also Participated personally to several Concrete Steps taken by Jiankui in China recently, (f.ex. by Meeting on the spot the Parents of those Genetically Manipulated Embryos, in order to Ensure their "Consent", etc)...


- But also Stephen Quake, (Jiankui's "Post-Doc" Mentor, around 2010-2012), at Stanford University, California, (whose "Nevro-Science Institute" is "led" by the same 3 Professors "who jointly led the working Group for President Barack OBAMA’s <<BRAIN>> research initiative") :

Professor of Bio-Engineering, Inventor of "new DNA Sequencing technologies", and New "Pre-Natal Tests", etc., as well as "co-President of the Chan-Zuckerberg Bio-Hub, Founded by American FACEBOOK's Inventor Mark Zuckerberg and his Asiatic-origin Wife (a Medical "Pediatric"), with "Head of Science" a "Genetician and Neuro-Biologist", Cori Bargmann, who "co-Chaired the National Institutes of Health committee that set goals and strategies for President OBAMA’s <<Brain>> Research", etc., and "Policy" Head David Plouffe, Manager of Barack OBAMA ’s 2008 Electoral Presidential Campaign". as well as "White House Senior Advisor to President OBAMA", (etc)...  


In Addition, Quake is also Member of Stanford's "Nevro-Sciences Institute", recently ReNamed "Wu Tsai Nevro-Science", after $ 250 Millions funding, just last October 2018, by Clara Wu Tsai and Joe Tsai, co-Founder and vice-CEO of the notorious "ALIBABA" Group, a "Global Internet technology company based in CHINA", (See also Infra). Tsai's "generous Gift will help" not only to "treat Brain Injury", but, "as well as ENHANCE BRAIN functions, to Improve Lives", significantly notes an Official Press Release from Stanford.  And "Wu Tsai" added that, “Ultimately, we hope (that) the Research undertaken at the... Neurosciences Institute will lead to ...Treatments that impact millions of People by Prolonging their Lives and MAKING them MORE ...PRODUCTIVE", as she claimed.

In Fact, Joe Tsai is Not part of Real China at all, since he holds a Taiwan Citizenship, has been Born in Taiwan, (where his Wife also comes from), Educated in the USA, and even Living, initially at Hong Kong, and later in the USA, (at California, notoriously Controlled by Obama's Dems/"Socialists/Liberals"). He's the Only among "AliBaba"'s Managers to do so, and had been, in the Past, just 1 among its ...18 co-Founders ! In order to be accepted for that, he had reportedly left, initially, a USA Job paid $ 7.000, for an Alibaba job paid only ...$ 600 !


+ Even More Important : The so-called "CONFERENCE in China", where Jiankui revealed in Public his above-mentioned Heritable Gene-Editing on 2 Babies, (Comp. Supra), was, in Fact, located in ...HONG-KONG, (a former British overseas Colony, until recently, Still having a Special Status Nowadays), was almost entirely Focused on GENE EDITING, and Sponsored by a UK and USA outlets :


- Indeed, it was mainly co-Sponsored by the American "National Academy of Sciences" (NAS), a Private, Peer-Managed Institution, whose current President has been Appointed at OBAMA's era, Back since April 2016 :


Significantly, NAS' President, Marcia McNutt, had practically Started her career there, by Publishing from September 2016 a 1st Report on OBAMA's "Climate Change and National Security Policy", while, as a Last Move from OBAMA's Out-going Administration, precisely on BioEthics, NAS Published, at the beginning of February 2017, a Report, precisely on the Controversial but Important Issue of Heritable GENE EDITING of Human Embryos, where it practically Warned that the pre-existing Prohibition seemed due to be Lifted, under certain Conditions, in the foreseable Future...


+ In Addition, it's USA's "Howard Hughes' Medical Institute", HHMI, ( 2nd-Best endowed Medical research Foundation in the World, with 22,6 Billions $), which PAID :


-  that Conference's co-Organizers, as the Inventors of "CRISPR-cas9" Gene-Editing Technology, Feng Zhang and Jennifer Doudna,


-  as well as Richard Hynes, HHMI's Investigator and co-Chair of NAS' Committee which had Published the above-mentioned Report on Prospects for the (until now illegal) Heritable Gene Editing, (OBAMA's LAST MOVE, back on 2/2017 : Comp. Supra),


- and even ..."AP"'s Press Agency itself, (which was the 1st to Start Publishing a Series of News Articles on He Jiankui's Controversial acts, creating a Mass Medias' "Tsunami" effect of Publicity Worldwide)...  


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=> So that, Obviously, the North American, US and Obama-related Links, mainly of various "Socialist"/Dems' Technocrats on Bio-Genetics, etc., were, by far, the Most Important Factor in Jiankui's case,


while, on the Contrary, the alleged "Chinese" Links appeared, Comparatively, much Weaker and UnCertain :


- Among others, f.ex., Jiankui, reportedly, had to get an "UnPaid Leave", almost since the Beginning of 2018, from his recent work at the "Southern University of Science and Technology", in Shenzhen, (South-Eastern China), and conduct his above-mentioned Controversial Activities OUT of that University's Campus, at a non-disclosed location, Secretly...


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=>  In such a Context, Most Public Comments on Jiankui's controversial acts, Both from the USA and from China, or Elsewhere, appeared more or less Critical :


- F.ex., the Technical University where he worked, at Southern China, reportedly stressed that Jiankui "seriously Violated Academic Ethics and Standards".


- A collective Letter Signed by some 100 Chinese Scientists reportedly Urged the Public Authorities to Monitor efficiently Gene Editing, and Condemned that experiment.


- The Head of "China Association for Science and Technology", Huai Jinpeng, reportedly called that "Despicable and Damaging for China's Image".


- Various International and/or American Experts reportedly called such acts "UnExpected and Deeply Disturbing".


- Mainly Western and other Scientists, (including at the above-mentioned Hong Kong International Conference), reportedly "Warned of Far-Reaching Effects", while "we have No Idea what Future Risks there may be".


- Notre Dame Law School professor O. Carter Snead, a former Presidential adviser on Bio-Ethics, was reported as calling this case “Deeply Troubling". Medical Ethicist Julian Savulescu of Oxford University, reportedly called such "experiments" "Monstrous".


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- But several, mainly USA Dems' comments, appeared, in fact, to rather pay a mere Lip Service on Criticizing simply Procedural and/or Timing Aspects, while, on the Contrary, seeking an Occasion to Prepare a recalcitrant Public Opinion for a forthcoming use of such Controversial and UnPopular Methods, sometime in the Future...


- F.ex., some Focused Only on Asking for some undetermined and vague "Ethical Procedures", "Transparency", etc., while Leaving the Essence of such Acts to be, eventually, more or less Tolerated, perhaps under certain Conditions, Later-on.


- In thsis regard, Typical is the above-mentioned "Chan-Zuckerberg BioHub"'s stance, in California (indirectly linked to Jiankui : Comp. Supra), which Limits itself into only expressing "Concerns", related to "Transparency", "Ethical and Medical Criteria", etc, while, at the Same Time, it Praises what it calls "CRISPR Technology"'s "Tremendous Potential", which, as they Claim, "Must (sic) be Pursued", simply "within (undetermined) Community Standards", accepting even OBAMA's era's NAS' Controversial Report, published on 2/2017, "For the Use of Heritable Genome Editing" (Comp. Supra) !...


- Several People reportedly found "Astounding", the Obama era - appointed (2016) Dean of Harvard's  Medical School, George Daley's abstention from condemning the present case, but Only calling it as a mere "MisStep", while Urging that "it's Time to ...Start outlining ...an actual PathWay for Clinical translation" (sic !)..., as he said at that strange Hong-Kong's Conference organized by some UK-USA Lobbies, (Comp. Supra).


 - Scandalously Threatening a Morbid Blackmail, an even Worse Claim was reportedly launched when some evoked a Nightmare Scenario :  F.ex. if a new Killer Virus arises (as the Black Death in Medieval Times, or Obama's era 2009 "Mexican"/California Deadly Virus, etc), withOut Vaccine, but Only some People's Genes being able to Resist => Wouldn't, you, then, feel Obliged to implore for a kind of ...Genetic Antidote to the current and next Generation ?


- "This is a Technology that could Save the Species, (sic !) potentially", pompously claimed f.ex., Harvard's Stem Cell Institute's IVF Doctor, Werner Neuhausser, in that Gene Editing Conference at Hong Kong...


- "We, as a Species need to maintain the flexibility to Face Future Threats", by "Taking Control of our Heredity", reportedly went on to Add, apparently in that Same (Blackmail) Line, also the Obama-era (2016) appointed, controversial Harvard Medical School Dean Daley...


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>>> On the Contrary, "Other Voices asked for a BAN on Germ-Line Editing", a Journalist from "Technology Review" observed, (See also Infra).


- In mainland China, Science and Technology vice-Minister, Xu Nanping, reportedly accused that Heritable Genetic Manipulation of 2 Babies to have "Blatantly Violated China's relevant Laws and Regulations", since "Clinical operations of Genetic Editing for Human Embryos is Strictly Prohibited in our Country", as he observed, citting, f.ex., inter alia, also a 2003 Rule, etc.


=> "This is Shocking and UnAcceptable : We (China's Government) are Resolutely Opposed !", the competent Minister reportedly stressed.


- Therefore, he Requested to Suspend the Scientific/Technological Activities of those who Committed such Acts, (reportedly Repeated over 7 Embryos, from which only 2 were Born), and anounced that the Next Step of China's Ministry of Science and Technology will be to male a full and objective Investigation on those Incidents, so that the Competent Authorities will be able to Deal with those who are Responsible, according to the Laws and Regulations.


- UK's "Socialist"/Labour Establishment's Newspaper "Guardian" claimed that, at least that 2003 BioEthical Rules would Not foresee any "Sanctions", but it canNot be Excluded a priori Any Possibility for Various Convincing Measures versus those who Violate the Norms on such Important Issues for Both the People immediately Affected, but Also for all Humanity.

 

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+ In the USA, it's FDA's New Chief, Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, (appointed by New US President Don Trump on 2017), reportedly slamed "certain Uses of Science", which "should be Judged InTolerable, and cause Scientists to be Cast Out". F.ex., "the use of CRISPR to Edit Human Embros, or Germ-Line Cells, should Fall in that bucket", Gottlieb pointed out : A Restriction which should reportedly apply on Cells which are "for (Human) ReProduction".

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=> In this International Context, from a PanEuropean point of view, the 47 Member Countries (including Russia) strong CoE in Strasbourg has Just Published Today a Press Release on the above-mentioned Events, (Heritable Gene-Editing on 2 Babies, and that 2nd International Conference on Human Genome : Comp. Supra), reminding the Fact that its' "Convention on Human Rights and BioMedicine (alias "Oviedo Convenion" of 1997)", which is "the Only International, Legally Binding instrument, addressing Human Rights in the Bio-Medical Field", "provides a Unique Framework" for that Purpose, Distinguissing mainly between :


- "better Understanding of the Causes of Diseases, and their ...Treatment", in order "to Improve Human Health", where "these Technologies have considerable Potential for Research", from one side


- and "the Application of Genome Editing Technologies to Human Gametes or Embryos", which, "however, ...Raises many Ethical, Social, and Safety Issues, particularly from any Modification of the Human Genome, that could be passed on to Future Generations",


=> CoE Topicaly observes that, Both "these Expectations and Concerns, remain very Relevant Today, with regard to those Genome-Editing Technologies".

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- Indeed, "the Oviedo Convention", already "represents the outcome of an in-Depth Discussion at European level, on Developments in the BioMedical Field", including, "particularly", "Genetics".


+ In Addition, Nowadays, "Addressing these Issues is the Aim" of the Work carried out by the "Human Rights - BioMedicine" Group of Experts, inside the CoE, observes the PanEuropean Organisation of Strasbourg, (concerning, evenmore, a matter for which that relevant Convention's Mechanism is always Open to the Accession even of Non-European States, from Anywhere in the World)...

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- Indeed, "this Work" is "Guided by the Aknowledgement of Positive Perspectives" in "the Development of Knowledge in ...Genetics", from one side, "But also by the greater Possibility to Intervene and Control Genetic Characteristics of Human Beings", from the Other side.


=> This Fact is "Raising Concern, about Possible MisUse and Abuses, in particular the Intentional Modification of Human Genome, so as to Produce Individuals or Groups endowed with Particular Characteristics, and required Qualities", CoE Warned.


>>> On this Crucial point, "Article 13 of the Convention, addresses these Concerns about Genetic Enhancement, or Germ-Line Engineering,


by Limiting the Purposes of any Intervention on the Human Genome, (including in the Field of Research), to Prevention, Diagnosis or Therapy" only, CoE stressed.


+"Furthermore, it Prohibits any Intervention with the Aim of Introducing a Modification in the Genome of any Descendants", (i.e. in the Germ-Line), clearly observes CoE, thus Excluding any Heritable Germ-Line Manipulation, as that Nowadays made by Jiankui, (Comp. Supra).

 

 [NDLR: However, Despite that CoE's Legal Protection of Human Genome from most Genetic Manipulations, (particularly when they seek to Modify the Germ-line permanently), it's also a Fact that Many CoE Member Countries, headed, initially, by Germany, etc., have notoriously Refused to Ratify that "Oviedo" Convention, by arguying that it would leave Too Much Discretion even to potentialy Dangerous BioMedical Interventions, especialy on Heritable Human Gene-Editing.

In this regard, "Eurofora" has witnessed Both the Exasperated Outburst of angered critical German and other Experts, (f.ex. also from Cyprus, etc), when that Draft had been Adopted by a Committee in Strasbourg, already Back on 1996-1997, and the quasi-Despair of an eminent former Long-Time President of CoE's competent Experts, (from Portugal), when he Denounced the existence of a stubborn Division and Opposition, between National Experts who wanted to Better Protect Human Embryos, and Other Experts who pushed, on the Contrary, to Weaken even More CoE's legal Safeguards, forming 2 Camps, then led by Germany or the UK -governed by ChristianDemocrats/Right or "Socialists"/Left, respectively- which Provoked, soon, even the ...Suspension or Dissolution of CoE's Working Group on Human Embryo, during the 2.000ies !

So that, Afterwards, it was mainly at UN level that a Majority, inspired particularly by World-Famous former Long-Time Pope John-Paul II from Poland, adopted a relevant Resolution at UN General Assembly for the Protection of Human Embryo from Genetic Manipulations, just before his Death, on 2004/2005. The move was Supported also by former USA President GW. Bush, who had already Adopted a Strong Relevant Measure, Prohibiting Federal Funding to Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos from August 2001, and, following his Brillant Re-Election, he also Opposed his Veto to an Opposed, deviationist Draft Bill, from a Dems'-controlled Congress, after 2005.]
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=> Finally, observing anew "the Fundamental Questions raised by ...Recent Technological Developments", particulaly on "the Ethical and Legal Challenges raised by ...Emerging Genome-Editing Technologies", CoE Topicaly reminded Today  its December 2015 Decision to "Examine" those "Challenges", and to "use" the "Principles laid down in the Oviedo Conention", (Comp. Supra), also "for the Debate called for at International Level", (as it's also foreseen "in its Article 28" on the "Need for such Debates").
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=> Will, new US President Don Trump, and China's President Xi Jinping, be Inspired by the Firm Stance on basic Human Rights' Principles, that showed recently their Competent Authorities, (Comp. Supra), and Reminded also the PanEuropean CoE Today, (ibid), when they will Meet Together for a Long Working Diner, also on other Topical Global Issues, as Trade, etc, at the Conclusion of the on-going "G20" Summit in Argentina, Saturday Evening in Buenos Aires ?


In Fact, the Political Developments in Key Countries such as Brazil, and also Argentina itself, partially Italy, etc, where New, Conservative Leaders of the Right have been notoriously Elected by the People, might, eventually, Facilitate even a much Wider common Stance for BioEthics inside the "G20" Summit.


But, at any case, at least President Trump should realize that it's Important Not to Leave such Key Issues to some Shady Manouvers mainly by Obama's "Socialist" a.o. Lobbies, (Comp. Supra), which still exert Pressure for Technocrats' desiderata to be Imposed against People's basic Human Rights, with Dangerous Threats for Humankind's Future.


And the Precedent of former US President GWBush's unexpectedly Brillant Electoral Win, Back on 2004, (a Fellow Conservative himself), against the Dems' "Socialists", with a 3 Millions Votes - Large Margin, mainly over his Solid and Principled Stance on the Protection of Human Embryos from Genetic Manipulations by greedy Technocrats, proved, once again, that there is an Important, yet untapped Potential throughout all those "Evangelicals", "Born Again", and various Other Christians, or simply Grassroots American People notoriously living at USA's "Heartland", the Mobilisation of whom can become a Game Changer in view of the Next, 2020 US Presidential Election, which will be the most Crucial Test. for USA's foreseable Future, (but, perhaps, also of the World).


At any case, let's hope that this Argentina Meeting will help, if not an immediate Agreement, between the North American and Chinese Presidents, Strong on BioEthical Principles and Values, for the sake of both their People and all Humankind, at least a useful Preparation for such -much needed- Positive Developments asap.


Even the Sad news about the Death of Historic former US President (1989-1993) George H. Bush Senior, aged 94, (shortly after his inseparable Wife, Barbara, passed away, earlier this Same Year), anounced by his Son, GWBush junior, himself former US President twice (2001-2009), can be read as a Symbol : Twice vice-President with Ronald Reagan, CIA Director, Ambassador to the UN, etc., GHBush, (who oversaw the End of "Cold War" and Germany's peacefull ReUnification, etc), had also served as USA's Liaison with ...China !


And we shall never forget that Night of Autumn 2004, when all Polls were giving Only an UnCertain  50 - 50 % Draw to his Son, GWBush, on his Re-Election attempt, until Late Evening, making Father Bush to urge him to go to Sleep, overNight, in order to be Ready for Tomorrow Morning, himself staying Awake throughout all that exceptionaly "Long" Night. Until he was Surprized to Find that, UnExpectedly, the Young GWBush had just Won with a Crystal-Clear + 3% Margin, after a Big Number of USA Heartland's People, (Christians and others), had suddenly Decided to Massively go Vote for his Son, when it became Clear that he really intended to keep his Promise to Protect Human Embryos from Genetic Manipulations by Technocrats, as he realy did, later-on, Marking the Importance of Key BioEthical Issues for simple but genuine American People, then, as, Hopefully, also Now...

 

Nowadays, it's for conscious People, and their Elected Authentic Representatives, to SafeGuard the Independence, Security and Freedom of Natural Human Biths, instead of Abandoning the crucial issue of Human Beings' Reproduction to Artificial Manipulations controlled by a Handfull of Technocrats, (Comp. Headline PHOTO/Patchwork).


Several conscious and important Intellectuals have already Warned for the Need to Prevent such Dangers to Slyly Impose a Monstruous AppartHeid, which Threatens to be the End of Humankind, (Comp., f.ex., inter alia, also : Aldus Huxley : "Brave New World", Eugene Zamyatin : "We", Mary Shelley : "Frankenstein", HGWells : "Time Machine" + "The Island of Dr. Moreau", etc).

Today, it's, obviously, for Presidents Don Trump and Xi Jiping to decide first, as well as for the International Community at large, in a really Democratic, Transparent, Well-Informed, Efficient and Timely way, and Not for a Shady Powerfull Lobby of Misleading Technocrats, Hypocritically pursuing, in fact, their selfish interests, badly Hidden behind a Fake Smokescreen, (Comp. above-mentioned Facts)...  

 

Nowadays, it's for conscious People, and their Elected Authentic Representatives, to SafeGuard the Independence, Security and Freedom of Natural Human Biths, instead of Abandoning the crucial issue of Human Beings' Reproduction to Artificial Manipulations controlled by a Handfull of Technocrats, (Comp. Headline PHOTO/Patchwork).


Several conscious and important Intellectuals have already Warned for the Need to Prevent such Dangers to Slyly Impose a Monstruous AppartHeid, which Threatens to be the End of Humankind, (Comp., f.ex., inter alia, also : Aldus Huxley : "Brave New World", Eugene Zamyatin : "We", Mary Shelley : "Frankenstein", HGWells : "Time Machine" + "The Island of Dr. Moreau", etc).

Today, it's, obviously, for Presidents Don Trump and Xi Jiping to decide first, as well as for the International Community at large, in a really Democratic, Transparent, Well-Informed, Efficient and Timely way, and Not for a Shady Powerfull Lobby of Misleading Technocrats, Hypocritically pursuing, in fact, their selfish interests, badly Hidden behind Fake Smokescreens, (Comp. above-mentioned Facts)...  

 

Many Facts show that, either they'll guarantee the Respect of current Principles OutLawing Genetic Manipulations on Human Embryos transmissible to Future Generations, or it will be, sooner of later, the End of Humanity as such, (Comp. Supra).

 

 

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(Opinion).

 In Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs, as the New EU Parliament's President, new EU Commission's President (+ probably EU Council's President, EU Foreign Minister, etc) should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies.

At the heart of the biggest EU Countries, in France and Germany, EU Citizens clearly voted for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe based on Values, declared explicitly incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

This main choice was also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries, such as Austria (cf. promise of a Referendum), Spain (cf. EPP program's reservations vis a vis Enlargment), etc., while EPP Parties won also in Poland, Hungary, Cyprus, etc.

In other Countries, whenever Governing coalitions didn't make these choices or eluded them, continuing to let a Turkish lobby push for its entry into the EU, they paid a high price, and risked to damage Europe, by obliging EU Citizens to massively vote for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to offer a possibility to promise  real change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU :

It's for this obvious reason that British UKIP (IndDem) succeeded now (after many statements against Turkey's EU bid) to become Great Britain's 2nd Party, unexpectedly growing bigger even than the Governing Labour Party, as well as the Liberal party  ! Facts prove that it's not an isolated phenomenon : A similar development occured in the Netherlands, where Geert Wilders "Party for Freedom" (PVV) became also the 2nd biggest in the country, (after EPP), boosting the chances of a politician who had withdrawn in 2004 from an older party "because he didn't agree with their position on Turkey". And in several other EU Member Countries, even previously small parties which now focused on a struggle against Turkey's controversial demand to enter in the EU, won much more or even doubled the number of their MEPs (fex. Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, etc).

On the contrary, whenever Socialist and oher parties were explicitly or implicitly for Turkey's controversial EU bid, they obviously lost Citizens' votes and fell down to an unprecedented low.

In consequence, EU Citizens clearly revealed their main political choices, in one way or another : They voted to change for less Bureaucracy, but more Politics and Values in a Europe really open to EU Citizens, but without Turkey's controversial EU bid.

Recent political developments are obviously different from the old political landscape which existed in the Past of 1999-2004, when Socialists based on Turkish 1% vote governed undisputed not only in Germany, but also in the UK, Greece and elsewhere, France followed old policies decided when it had been divided by "cohabitation", before the 3 "NO" to EU  Referenda since May 2005, before Merkel, before Sarkozy, etc.... before the surprises of 7 June 2009 new EU Elections.

If the current candidates to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, OK.

Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People.

The beginning of crucial, final Decisions are scheduled for the 1st EU Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg, in the middle of July, and they could be completed towards the October session, when Lisbon Treaty's fate will have been fixed.


See relevant Facts also at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2009electionsandturkey.html
http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daulelections.html
http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/euroelectionresult.html

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