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CoE : Tikhanovskaya Skips any Immediate Direct Reply to PACE Debate on Belarus ?!

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 08 September 2020
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 *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Most Surprizing Event in a well-attended CoE's Debate on the "Hot" Topical Issue of Belarus, was the UnExpected Refusal of Former Presidential Candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to give Any Direct Reply Now, (Contrary to a Top MEP Representing the Current Regime in Power at Minsk: Andrei Savinykh, President of Belarussian Assembly's International affairs Commission, who did reply immediately: See Infra), to the Questions raised and/or Proposals made by several MEPs, from Both Sides of that Political Conflict, in order to Find a Peaceful Solution.

Speaking in a Video-Conference, (as also Everybody else, because of the Virus' Infections, recently Sky-Rocketing here in France, which have just made the CoE Exceptionaly Push for Later, on Middle-End October, its Parliamentary Assembly's Plenary in Strasbourg for this Fall, and even to Cancel its Annual "World Democracy Forum" of the Year 2020, initialy Scheduled for November, which would be Replaced by some Web Events : See ... + ..., etc), Tikhanovskaya, at the Beginning of this Debate, made a Short Critical Presentation of her Views on the Situation in her Country, at a Fast and Dense Pace, Cutting even Short at the Time-slot Reserved by the CoE for her Intervention.

The Chairwoman of CoE Assembly's Political Affairs Committee, who Organized that Meeting, Brittish Conservative MEP Dame Cheryl Gillan, announced, at the Conclusion of Today's Debate, that Tikhanovskaya "had to Leave" Before that, but would "Respond by Writting or Orally, to the (CoE's) Secretariat, on Everybody's Questions", Later-on, at an UnDetermined Moment.

Nothing was said yet on Which, Eventualy UnExpected Events, Might, perhaps, have Hindered Tikhanovskaya, at the Last Minute, from Replying Now.

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 +On the Other Side, Andrei Savinykh (Comp. Supra), who did Reply Now to this CoE's Collective Exchange of Views with Many and Various MEPs, Spoke at his Long Concluding Remarks in his Native Language, which, Curiously, was ... Not Translated, at least at the Version received by "Eurofora"'s 2 different Journalists. And, Surprizingly, the Same Obstacle Hindered Also to be timely Informed Even on 3 Russian MEPs' Statements, (including Top MEPs Leonid Slutsky, President of Duma's International Affairs Committee, and Pyotr Tolstoi, vice-President of the Duma and vice-President of CoE's Assembly !), as all Translated Versions were Blocked, here, by a Strange "Error" Message, (See relevant Photos, attached).

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WithOut Yet Knowing, at this moment, whether it was a Scandalously "Targetted" Cyber-Attack against "Eurofora"'s Internet Connexions specialy, or a Wider UnExpected Problem, Belaying CoE's Officially Published promise that this Public Debate would be Translated, "Streamed Live  in English, French, German, Italian and Russian"...

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In Fact, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya had Multiplied, Recently, various Public Declarations, (including, among others, also at EU Parliament and to EU Council, at the UNO, etc., added to MainStream Medias' Interviews, etc.), But this PanEuropean CoE's Public Debate, Today, was Unique in having, in Principle, a Larger, quite Pluralist and Polyphonic Nature, by Associating Both Sides of Belarus' Political Conflict, as well as Russian MEPs, etc.

Therefore, Any kind of Blocking the promised Translations inevitably Undermined that Crucial Democratic Added Value of CoE Assembly's Exchanges ! But, at least for the Time being, in Addition to CoE's own Streamlined "Live" Version, the Only Video of that CoE's Debate Published at the Web, is that of "RUPTLY" in "Youtube", which has Only the "Original" Language version, thus, Still Hindering to Know Timely what were the Arguments of Both Sides : Currently, Only the Notoriously Critical vis a vis President Lukashenko's Government MEPs from some Neighbouring Countries and the UK, etc., appeared Accessible in Immediate Translations received at our Office Computers, (Comp. Supra).

These Obstacles, Unfortunately Limit the Scope to a Narrow Conflict Between merely Accusing Belarus' Government to be "Oppressive" and Based on "Fraud", or merely Accusing such Opposition to "Provoke Violence" and be Based on "Foreign Interferences from Outside", (etc), withOut a Real Freedom to Timely Examine and Compare key Facts...

Such Negative Circumstances, Obviously are so more Regrettable, that PanEuropean CoE Assembly's main Official Aim seems to Focus, precisely, on the Claim to Organise a promised "inclusive Democratic Debate" in Belarus, about necessary Agreed Changes,, which, Naturally, Requires a Credible basic Pluralism...

This is, indeed, Reflected, inter alia, Even at 2 Different (even if, Eventualy, Open to some Combinations) Proposals for Motions of Resolutions and/or Reports, currently Tabled at CoE's Assembly, where the 1st, (originaly presented by the Chairwoman of its Political Affairs Committee, Brittish Conservative MEP Dame Cheryl Gillan), Focuses on a "National Dialogue", co-Signed by a Large Number of Various Important MEPs, and anOther, (presented by a Different UK Conservative MEP : Lord Blencathra), Focusing on what it calls an "Urgent Need" to Change the way that Belarus' President is Elected, (co-Signed Only by a quite Smaller Number of MEPs, Politicaly more Narrow).

=> In Such Conditions, at least for the Time Being, (f.ex. as long as "Eurofora" -and, perhaps, even Other People- might be Still Hindered to Clearly Know all the main Facts and Arguments presented by Both Sides in Belarus' Political Conflict, since, at the Present Moment, for the reasons Denounced Supra, it's almost Only the Views of mainly very Critical MEPs from some Neighbouring Countries that Minsk's Government has notoriously Denounced, which are Accessible, from the Start, with Web Translations during the Initial Streamed version, (Comp. Supra), while, on the Contrary, almost All Lukashenko-Friendly MEPs are Largely Excluded from Translation in the Video versions that we (and may-be also others) were allowed to see Until Now, "Eurofora" is Obliged, by obvious Elementary Press Deontology Reasons, to at least Postpone "sine die" Any Publication on the Substance of that Issue, which might be Hindered to have a Timely Balanced Access to Both Sides' Full Claims.

 

 

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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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