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Afghan asylum seekers Welcomed near EU Parliament in Strasbourg EU-Fair, Day of Kaboul Airport Bomb

Written by ACM
Thursday, 26 August 2021
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Only a Block away from EU Parliament's building in Strasbourg, a Group of Afghan asylum seekers has just Started to Arrive at a Surprizing Proximity to the 2021 Euro-Fair's area, in an empty Hotel Requisitioned by French Authorities for that purpose, by a Coincidence, the Same Day that, Later, in Kaboul's Airport, an Islamist Terrorist "ISIS"' Bombing reportedly Killed more than 100 People, including 13 American Soldiers...

    That Hotel "Mercure" is Directly Facing Strasbourg's "Palace of Congresses and Music" (PMC), which Hosts the Annual "Euro-Fair", a Popular Event marking the Start of a New Season in Economic and Political terms, which takes place, this year, from 3 to 13 September 2021, (See : ..., etc), while MEPs are due to come for EU Parliament's Monthly Plenary between 13 - 16 September, i.e. when the would be Refugees will still be here, since they are due to Stay at least a Month.

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    Already, a First Bus with a Part of those Afghans, including some Children, just Arrived Today early Afternoon, at around 3 p.m., amidst a lot of Policemen and Security Forces, Shortly after a Press Conference in the PMC, on the Euro-Fair 2021, where "Eurofora" had been Invited and Participated (See : ..., etc), during which Questions were Raised on this UnExpected "Proximity" of about 150 Afghans asylum seekers and Strasbourg's Most Popular Event, usualy visited by many Families and Politicians, Now under the Windows of that "Mercure" Hotel, which had been Closed since the 2020 Pandemic for Renovation.

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    - "These News are too Recent, while we are now Focusing on preparing the Inauguration of Euro-Fair. It's true that it's an unexpected Proximity, But, once things are properly settled, I think that there will be No Problem", carefuly but positively said the Director of Strasbourg Events Organization, Marie Lathoud. (See Lathoud's Reply to "Eurofora"'s Questions at : ..., etc).

    - "Even if they will stay at the Proximity of Euro-Fair, there is a Period of Quarantine, about 6 to 10 Days, and Afterwards they have to deal with Administrative/Security issues. When it's finished, they would be Welcome at the Euro-Fair, and this would be a Good Opportunity for them to Discover Strasbourg !", optimisticaly pointed out Salem Drici, Strasbourg Events' Board President, (See Drici's Reply to "Eurofora"'s Questions at : ..., etc).

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    France's Operation nick-named "Apagan" reportedly Evacuated about 4.000 French or 1fghans from Kaboul's Airport (UPDATED), with Military Planes, as announced by President Macron, and is due to End around August 28.     Arriving at Paris, Roissy-Charles-De-Gaulle Airport (North), via Abou Dhabi (UAE), about 150 among them were Affected by the Government to Strasbourg's "Great-East" Region, and in the process of Arriving at this City.

    Some of them Prefered, reportedly, to live withOut State Aid, leaving for Down-Town Paris, while at least One was Found to be a ...Taliban, who had Helped evacuate an Embassy, and was currently Questioned by the French Security Forces.

    After the Taliban killed several Young French Soldiers, scandalously Abandoned in a Dangerous Mountain region withOut any Airplane Protection, Back on 2011, former French President Sarkozy (Center-Right) started a movement of Departure from that NATO force, under USA Direction, and this was Completed under former President Hollande (Socialist), as Macron reminded nowadays.

    Both French President Macron and many Other Top EU Officials or Heads of State/Government, already Warned Against an eventual Repetition of the Notorious 2015-2016 Errors which let more than 1,5 Million mass Asylum Seekers, mainly from the Middle East, to tresspass into Greece up to Germany and/or the UK, etc, crossing Europe's external Borders, but underlined that, at least a number of serious Refugees, Linked with European States and Facing real Danger at nowadays Afghanistan, should be Protected.

    Some Politicians and several Press Commendators apparently Criticized what they felt as an excessively Laxist policy vis a vis the current Afghan asylum seekers, (pointing, f.ex., to the usualy Expensive 150 Rooms at that "Mercure" Hotel, and the fact that Others, on the contrary, are abandoned Homeless in some Streets, etc), Contrary to those who Supported and Welcomed such Humanitarian moves. At least ToNight, however, the Suicide-Bombing that Killed more than 100 People, mainly Civilians, at Kaboul's Airport, reportedly Revendicated by ISIS in Afghanistan (an alleged Opponent to the Talibans, who "Condemned" such Brutal Methods, but Warned that such Attacks were triggered by the US Military forces currently still Holding Kaboul's Airport), naturally Alleviated such concerns.

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    US President Biden sliped Down in many unpopular Polls, after such an ill-treatment of the Afghan Issue, considered as a Blunder by many American People, and Contrary to former POTUS Trump's original Plan in many Key Points, who is now credited of 51% against 44%, shortly before the Forthcoming Mid-Term Elections on Autumn 2021, (UPDATED).

 

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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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