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Yes, we could have prevented Ferguson riots says World Democracy Forum's Young American NGO to ERFRA

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Could a simple NGO for Teenagers have prevented the most serious, Deadly and Violent Social Crisis that America and the whole World witnessed recently, astonished and/or frightened, at USA's Ferguson in Missouri, which obliged USPresident Obama to exceptionaly order the National Guard to intervene in order to try to impose Order under Martial Law, among a local population apparently gone amoc and Policemen outpassed, while CNN gave the shivers to a Worldwide Public by adding the picture of demonstrators holding a panel with the words  : - "ISIS here !", an obvious reference to the Horrible BeHeaders of Islamic Extremist Terrorists of ISIS in Syria and Iraq who have recently terrified and revolted many Millions of People accross the World by their Brutal, Deadly Violence against defenseless persons, including Women, Elders, Children, etc., serving some exceptionally retrograde and Oppressive policies also against Religious, Ethnic and other Minorities ?

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A Young American woman, Noelle Cormier, from the USA NGO "Generation Citizens", presenting its project to "EuroFora" during the Poster Session of the 2014 "World Forum for Democracy", at the prestigious ante-chamber of the PanEuropean CoE's Committee of Ministers, appeared convinced and adamant :

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 - "Yes, we could !", she firmly claimed, after being initially surprised by our Topical Question on Ferguson, trying to overcome the first impressions inevitably left by her Too Young age and profile, suddenly adopting, instead a quasi-Professional style of an experienced expert, who would already know what it really means to work at some socialy "difficult", impoverished and/or neglected Suburbs, both in Europe and in the US or elsewhere in the World, and be actively present on the spot..


- Our main aim is to teach People about their Rights, as Citizens, and to Help them get involved and interact Collectively inside Local Communities in order to find Solutions to their most accute problems, and this, indeed, could have served also to prevent Crisis as that that we all saw at Ferguson, the "Generation Citizen"'s (US) representative replied, in substance, to "EuroFora" in this regard.


- For that purpose, our work, (which is addressed mainly to Teenagers between 14 and 18 years old), should have already developed in areas of Neighbourhoods where it's deemed necessary, so that it would have enough Time in order to be efficient, she added.


+ And to "EuroFora"s natural, subsequent Question on  - "How ?", her NGO might have succeeded to prevent Crisis as that which was recently seen at Ferguson, Cormier didn't shy out in her reply :  - F.ex. we would have Spoken with the Young People of the are about their Problems, and, among others, we would have Helped them to approach, get in touch and have a peaceful "Dialogue with the Law Enforcement Services", as well as for collective demarches inside that Community and vis a vis the Local Authorities for the solution of their "hottest" problems, as she said.


+ + Asked to tell : - "For How Long ?", i.e. "some Weeks, Months, or may be Years ?", the "Generation Citizen"'s representative, suddenly, took a serious, deep look, and surprised by her sharp reply :


- "Permanently !", the Young Lady stressed, looking right in front of the eyes, in a more serious and convinced way than initially expected...


=> It's true, that COE's Strasbourg-based Annual "World Forum for Democracy", after a previous year focused on "New Technologies"' potential, now added also a "Young People" factor, while its "Innovation" Prize (Comp. relevant NewsReport, herewith), persisted to look at a possible New Future, which, taken all together, naturally lead to an inevitable mixture full of Ambition and big Horizons !

After all, why not, particularly when one is still frresh and young, just after having heard even the inspiring, World-Famous Futurologist Jeremy Rifkin, launch certain vibrant calls for the incoming, new Generation to dare face and solve some among the greatest Issues in the History of Mankind ?... (See relevant NewsReport, hereby).

(../..)

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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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