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Ban Ki Moon agrees with CoE on Syria: Political Solution, No Militarisation => Stop Arms' Traffic !

Escrito por ACM
08.10.12

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- UNO's Secretary General, Ban Ji Moon, backed also by CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's recent Resolution for a Political Solution on the Syrian conflict, launched a strong appeal, in Strasbourg's 1st World Democracy Forum, to Halt Deadly Violence, and Stop Providing Arms either to Bashar Assad's regime or to the Rebels, in order to end the dangerous Militarisation of the conflict, and create conditions able to help reach an agreed solution respecting People's Human Rights, and Democratic aspirations, as he said in substance.

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- In general, "the current Transitions" (inspired by pro-Democracy and Development aspirations in all Non-EU Mediterranean Countries, from Morocco up to Syria, with the only Exception of Turkey until now),  "have inspired so much Hope and Change", but "have also brought Uncertainty and Fear", warned UNO's Head, observing that" Success is not guaranteed", as the example of "Syria show(s)".
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    In particular, "President Assad of Syria", (a long-time fervent supporter of Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, unlike his Father, even at the 2008 1st EU Summit for the Mediterranean in Paris : comp. "EuroFora" co-Founder's NewsReports from the "Grand Palais" then), is among those "leaders around the World", "who must listen to their citizens before it is too late", and that UNO's Head has "consistently urged ...to stop flouting human rights and start meeting the legitimate demands of their people", as he stressed from the outset, clarifying his "Message".
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    - But, Ban Ki Moon made it also clear that, at present, he was "deeply concerned by the continued Flow of Arms to both the Syrian Government and Opposition forces", (including, f.ex., the FSA, based in neighbouring Turkey until it reportedly crossed the border recently).


    - Because Militarisation only Aggravates the situation and puts civilian People in more Misery", he denounced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               => Therefore, UNO's Head strongly "Urge(d)  those Countries providing Arms, to Stop doing so".

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    + At the same time, "I am calling on All concerned, to Abandon the use of Violence, and move toward a Political solution",; he added.


     -"That is the only way out of this crisis", stressed UNO's Secretary General,reiterating that he "remain(s) convinced that we must seek a Political Solution to this conflict in Syria".


=> Thus, Ban Ki Moon lanched a "Call on those who have influence over Any Side in Syria (i.e. on the Government and/or on the Armed and notoriously Divided Opposition), to exert it, to promote a Pollitical solution, and empower Political leaders. Not Armed Groups or the Regime’s military".

- That's why, "the Primary motive for the Mission" of "the  Joint Special Representative, Mr. Lakdhar Brahimi", who "is heading back to the region, this week", is, precisely, to reach "our (UNO's) Goal... to create the appropriate Conditions for a credible Political transition", Ban Ki Moon revealed.

 - Such a Solution must "meets the Legitimate aspirations of the Syrian People", and, in particular "ensure their Equal rights and Human Dignity", Ban Ki Moon anounced in conclusion.

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+ Meanwhile, concerning UNO's "Humanitarian assistance", it was rezcently "scaled up its  very significantly", Ban Ki Moon said, Warning, however, that, "as Winter approaches, we need Donors to contribute more generously to address the Growing Needs of those inside Syria and over 300,000 Refugees in neighbouring countries, (excluding Turkey, which accepts immigrants fleeing the Suyrian conflict, but still Refuses to recognize  anyone as a "Refugee" protected by the Geneva UN Convention...
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+ On WDF's Sidelines :

Ban Ki Moon Meetings on Peace Keeping, Kossovo, CoE Assembly invitations, etc)

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On the sidelines of his key-note Speech at CoE's 1st World Forum for Democracy, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, had an one and a half Days oportunity for various Meetings and Events, since his arrival, reoprtedly Sunday Noon, up to his Departure for Paris, later on Monday Afternoon, for official encounters with the French Foreign Minister Fabius and Prime Minister Ayrault, (acording to an Agenda which was finalized almost at the last minute, sources told "EuroFora") :


These included not only a Sunday meeting with CoE's Secretary General, Thorbjorn Jagland, (comp. relevant Jagland's statements to "EuroFora", at an earlier NewsReport), and Strasbourg Region's President Philippe Richert, as well as CoE Parliamentary Assembly's President, Jean-Claude Mignon, who invited UNO's SG to a participate in a future PanEuropean Assembly's session in Strasbourg, (where he might, hopefully, have more chances to interact with the European Journalists on topical issues of public concern, instead of a surprising total  "black-out", exceptionaly imposed by WDF organizers this time, contrary to the established Tradition of Boutros-Ghali, Koffi Annan, and Ban Ki Moon himself, who always made at least 2 Press Conferences and various other collective Contacts in Strasbourg from the 1990ies, in 2001, 2010, etc., until now),


but also meetings with the new UNO's UnderSecretary General for Peace-Keeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, as well as (according to various "EuroFora"s sources), with Albanian Prime Minister Berisha, current CoE's rotating Chairman-in-office, apparently on issues related to Kossovo.


In addition, Ban Ki Moon also visited the Alsacian Museum, and attended a CoE's lunch debate on the question "What Democracy after the Arab Spring ?", with EU Parliament's Sakharov Prize Winners 2011, al-Senussi (Member of Libya's National Transition Council, former dissident : See statements to "EuroFora" at another NewsReport), Asmaa Mahfouz, Internet Activist from Egypt (see her Statements to "EuroFora" when she was awarded the Prize, back on December 2011), and Syrian political Cartoonist Ferzat, who was free to arrive to Strasbourg for the 1st time now.


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 Regrettably, on the contrary, several Strasbourg's long-time European Journalists were not free at all to attend that "Democratic" social event on the most Topical issue in Europe's Neighborhood, and not even warned on time that they would have to seek, previously, special "invitations" from a bunch of Local organizers (including several retired former civil servants) with unclear coordinates and functions each, hindering contacts and information, and provoking practical desorganisation, exhausting displacements and other misunderstandings, waste of precious time, etc., which didn't seem justified to all persons involved at the WDF. Moreover, interrupting f.ex. an "EuroFora"s Press encounter with Ahmed al-Senussi, and hindering the slightest direct contact with UN SG's Press Attaché on the spot (thus obliging to pass cumbersome and expensive International Phone Calls from France to USA Mobiles only in order to speak with a person present at the same Building, just a few meters away !) it's precisely while facing such unprecedented obstacles that "EuroFora" Editor's Mobile Phone, Internet and Photo machine, plenty of original photographs, (indispensable Journalist's working tools) was astonishingly stolen ! An exceptional incident which hadn't happened in any other International Conference, be it in throughout Europe (f.ex. Brussels, Paris, Berlin, London, Warsaw, Rome, Geneva, Luxembourg, Bonn, Budapest, Bucarest, Newport, Heiligendam, Brixen-Bressanone, Burgenstock, Marseille, Mulhouse, Poitiers, Freiburg, Mainz, Interlaken, Metz, Deauville, Cannes, Ludwigsburg, etc ), not even at New York, etc...

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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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