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Asylum demands Multiply 300% in Greece as EU-Turkey controversial Deal is Not working, Medias warn

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- According to the latest Official Data, the Number of Asylum Demands lodged in Greece Skyrockets and more than Tripled after the Controversial EU - Turkey Deal : F.ex. instead of Less than 1.100 per Month in average during the Late 2015-Early 2016 Mass Migrants' Influx via Turkey, just for April 2016, it reached 3.700, i.e. a Sharp Augmentation of More than X 300%, (just after the Entry into Force of that Agreement, back from 20 March) !

 
Almost at the Same Time, the Composition of the Mass Irregular Migrants' inflow via Turkey Changed considerably : While a Big Majority used to came from Syria until March 2016, on the Contrary, from April 2016,  an Equal Number of such Migrants come from ... Pakistan and Afghanistan (1.217 compared to 1.268). Moreover, most are Men alone, only a Small Minority being Women, (19% compared to 47%), so that Families aren't but only a Tiny Part.


Meanwhile, the Trend towards Deaths of People Trying to Cross Irregularly into EU Member Greece has Augmented considerbly : Instead of just 272 throughout All the Year 2015, on the Contrary, on Early May 2016 it had already reached 138, (i.e. More than the Half of Last Year's Annual Number, with 8 more Months to Go)...


In Addition, 2 more Children of Refugees Died by Drawing Today in Greece : The corpses found at an Artificial Lake used for Agricultural Irrigation were those of Khuded and Hussein, 2 "Yezidi" Christian Kids. I.e. from the same Religious Community notoriously Ill-Treated by Extremist Islamic Terrorists of ISIL, many Families of whom had been reportedly also Attacked by Stones etc. and Obliged to Flee Away from a Refugee Camp at the Northern Village of Katsika recently, where the Attackers were among the Majority of Other Irregular Immiigrants coming from Turkey, (as it has also happened repeatedly inside several Collective Refugee Hosting Centres in Germany, according to various Media and Local Police Reports of Violent Incidents).


In Parallel, another Demonstration of Inhabitants, at the City of Thermis, Protesting against the Establishment of one more Mass Migrants' "Hotspot", at a Disaffected former Agricultural Building for the Storage of Wheat, took place earlier Today, while Thousands of Inhabitants of Aspropyrgos also demonstrated accross NATO Highway against Plans to create there another such "Hotspot" too.

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More than 52.561 Registered Refugees and Migrants are Now in Greece, according to the Official Figures Published Today, and almost the Entire Country has been filled up with Many, (mostly Formal, but also Informal), Centers or Sites Hosting them, partly on the Islands facing Turkey, but mostly at Mainland Greece, particularly in and around Pireas Seaport/Athens (including at the Airport "Helliniko") and Thessaloniki, as well as Near the Country's Northern Borders towards the FYROM, Bulgaria or Albania, but also at the Central Historic site of Thermopiles, (See relevant MAP just Published by UNHCR).


However, these Numbers naturaly don't take into account all those various "Visitors from Turkey" travelling to the Greek Islands of Aegean Sea (and part of EU's "Schengen" Area) which are located Near the Turkish Borders, (such as Lesvos, Hios, Samos, Kos, Rhodes, etc), for whom the current Greek Authorities have Eased the attribution of "Tourist Visas" since the 2015 Mass Migrants' Crisis, according to a Special "Pilot Program" whose Extension was reportedly just Decided Today, for one Year more.


- Meanwhile, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz(ChristianDemocrat/EPP), recently qualified the Controversial and UnPopular EU - Turkey Deal on Refugees and Migrants as an Eventual Short-Time Pause, which might serve Only as "a Plan B", while, "our (EU's) Plan A" should be a Strong Europe, Ready to Protect itself its External Borders. Adding that he wasn't in favor of a Deal with Turkey at any price, he also Denounced as "Dangerous", any "Dependence", as that of "a Europe which would Depend from Other Countries, and particularly from Persons as (Turkish) President Erdogan".


- In this context, under the Heading "All Possibilities are Open", mainstream Greek Newspaper "Kathimerini"s No 1 Editorial Article published Today, observes that "it's Obvious that the ReAdmission Agreement (between EU and Turkey) is Not Working".


- Since "the Scenario of New, UnControlled Migrants and Refugees' Influx towards Greece (via Turkey) canNot be Excluded",... while, "Now, .. (Greece's) Northern Borders have been Closed", (by all other European Balkan Countries), "therefore, any New Wave will be Trapped inside the Greek space", it Notes.


 - "The Next Weeks will show whether the (EU) Deal with Turkey will Collapse, or not. But we must be Ready for All Possibilities", the mainstream Greek Newspaper Warns.

 

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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