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

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08.09.20
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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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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).


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'- "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.

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    - "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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