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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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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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