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Top German MEP Brok to EF: No to Ankara claim for 80 Million Turks to get EUCitizen Rights in Cyprus

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
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Ankara Government's recent provocative Demand for 80 Millions of Turks to get an identical Status to EU Citizens in Cyprus, as a Condition for the ReUnification of the Island, which is an EU Member Country, was clearly Rejected as Unacceptable by Experienced German MEP, Long-Time former President of EU Parliament's Foreign affairs Committee, and currently Rapporteur for EU's Future on the basis of Lisbon Treaty's potential, Elmar Brok, a mainstream Member of the Biggest Group of MEPs : that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, and of the Governing in Berlin CDU/CSU Chancelor Angie Merkel's Party, in Reply to a relevant Topical Question raised by "Eurofora" Today.

 


After then Postponement, last Month, of the continuation of a Multilateral Political Conference in Geneva (Switzerland) under UNO auspices for the Solution of Cyprus' issue, where Turkey had participated for the 1st Time, together with Greece and the UK, as well as Cyprus' President Anastassiades and the Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community Akinci, despîte some Progres that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot representatives had reportedly managed to make beforehand at least in certain notable particular points of Convergence, Ankara apparently insisted to keep for ever a right to Intervene in Cyprus under the disguise of an Unilateral "Guarantee", as well as a significant Military presence inside the island, where Turkish Troops persist to illegaly Occupy its Northern Part since the 1974 Deadly Military Invasion from mainland Anatolia, and even Asked, for the 1st Time, for all of its own, Turkish Citizens to get an Identical Status and Rights as if they were EU Citizens, all over Cyprus.


President Anastassiades has reportedly written, a few Days ago, an Official Letter to his 27 Counterparts among all EU Member Countries' Heads of State/Government, just after the latest EU Summit in Malta, presenting particularly those New Demands made by Turkey, mainly as far as it concerns the 4 Freedoms of EU Citizens inside the European Union Member States, (i.e. of Free Movement of Workers, Establishment, Flow of Capital and Merchandises, etc), for 80 Millions of Turks, which obviously push to Upgrade Ankara's status from a problematic (notoriously Controversial and UnPopular) Candidate into something assimilated to a Full EU Member, and risks to have manifold Repercussions also for All Other EU States, asking to Forge a Collective European Position vis a vis a move which looks as if Turkey searched to Enter inside the EU from a BackDoor...


Elmar Brok's reply to "Eurofora"s Question on this point (comp. supra) was Crystal-Clear :

 

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- As far as it concerns "Freedom of Movement" etc., "it's Not for Turkey !", the experienced, mainstream German MEP strongly stressed from the outset, after Thinking Carefuly on this Topical and "Hot" Issue.


- "This is Only for Cypriots", Brok substantiated, Explaining that he meant for Both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, once an overall Political Agreement for the ReUnification of the Island would have been Reached, sooner or later, thanks to the still on-going Efforts for a Peaceful Solutiion under UNO's auspices.


A Fortiori when a Wide EU Parliament's Majority has, by the way, Rejected recently in Strasbourg (on Summer 2016) Ankara's Claim to get for all its 80 Millions of Turkish Nationals a "Free Visa" status, allowing them to Enter and Stay in Europe for at least 6 Months Each Year, whenever they like, and withOut any prior demand, Neither the slightes legal procedure or check. Later-on, that same year (on Winter 2016), EU Parliament quasi-Unanimously went also as far as to Officialy Ask, for the 1st Time, with another Resolution Voted in Strasbourg, to "Freeze" any EU - Turkey Negotiations on the Controversial and UnPopular Ankara's EU bid, (while an Important Number of various MEPs, mainly from the Right, but also from the Center and even from the Left side of the Political Spectrum, Advanced Further, leaning towards putting a full "Stop" to that problematic process).


By another Coincidence, Elmar Brok (who served also recently as EU Rapporteur on the Implementation of EU's Foreign and Security Policy, at the End of 2016), spoke to "Eurofora", earlier this Afternoon in EU Parliament being exceptionaly Overloaded with Many German Newspapers, while the Press was -and still is- Full of various manifold Articles about the Justice Minister's and other Officials' denonciations of the Fact that even several Turkish Muslim "Imams", as well as Turkish Consuls, etc., were reportedly Spying a lot of People in Germany, of Various Political tendencies, under Instructions comming from Abroad : i.e. from the Government of Ankara.


Both in Germany and other EU Countries it's a Crime to Intrude and Spy on other People's Lives inside Europe, engaging in activities similar to State Intelligence Agents, while being at the Orders of a Foreign Government.


Turkish  Imams are the Only to be exclusively Depending from a Foreign, Non-European Government (that of Ankara), which Selects them, Trains them, Pays them, and Sends them abroad in various Other Countries to operate, as if they were its own, Turkish State's Agents, instead of being Independent Religious persons representing just their Local Community residing in Europe, as is, on the Contrary, the case with almost all Other Religious Communities whatever.  

 

Germany is currently Preparing for Crucial National Elections on September 2017, where More Political Parties than in the Past are currently expected to enter or return into the Bundestag, making various Coalitions possible. 

 

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("Draft"News, as already send to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).
 
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(NDLR : Head Photo = Elmar Brok, together with Berndt Posselt, President of "PanEuropa Deutschland", former long-time MEP and Journalist, smile for a photograph by "Eurofora" at EU Parliament in Strasbourg)
 
 
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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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