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CoE Chair, Czech Foreign Minister Zaoralek to EF: Turkey v. Human Rights eve of Cyprus UN Conference

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  President in office of the CoE for the period of May - November 2017, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, Experienced former President of the Parliament, and currently Candidate Prime Minister of the Country in the forthcoming October 2017 Election, for the Frontrunner ČSSD Party, replying Today to an "Eurofora" Question, at the Eve of an Important UN-Sponsored Multilateral Conferene on Cyprus' ReUnification, which opens Tomorrow at Nearby Switzerland, didn't seem very optimist as far as Turkey's readiness to comply with the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law standards nowadays.

However, for a just and sustainable Solution of the Cyprus' issue,  Respect by Turkey of ECHR's case-Law plays a crucial role, particularly on Refugees' Family Homes and Ancestral Land, as well as other Private Properties, (that the Turkish Invasion/Occupation Army Hinders them to Access since 1974, despite Many Condamnations of Ankara's Government by the ECHR), "Missing" Persons, etc., (in addition to some CoE's Democracy and Rule of Law principles).

- Soon, your Collegues from the EU will be actively Present (officialy as "Observers") to a UN-sponsored High-Level Political Conference for the Solution of Cyprus' issue, which Starts Tomorrow in Switzerland. But the CoE is not yet explicitly included, even is there are Important ECHR Judgements still pending for execution around Cyprus issue. How do you feel about that ? Would CoE's Committee of Ministers Follow more closely these UN Cyprus' Negotiations, particularly as far as Human Rights are concerned ?, "Eurofora" asked Zaoralek at the CoE in Strasbourg.


- CoE's President in office, after Carefuly Hearing "Eurofora"s above mentioned Question, (including by asking for a brief clarification etc), Did Not Exclude, a priori, that the PanEuropean Organisation's Highest Political body : Its Committee of Ministers, would, indeed, be closely following the forthcoming UN Conference on Cyprus, at least as far as its Human Rights' aspects are concerned.


- However, the current situation there is Not as good as we (CoE) would like it to be, "at these Times", he Warned Today, (27 June 2017).


- Indeed, "Previously, We (CoE) had some Hopes", Zaoralek revealed, "but now", things look different, he Criticaly but Realisticaly pointed out.


+ Asked by "Eurofora" to Clarify, he confirmed that this certainly "Concerns the Human Rights"' aspects of the overall issue.


 - "This is a Crucial Question", to which, CoE's Highest Political body, its "Commitee of Ministers, puts Particular Attention", Zaoralek stressed Earlier, as far as "the implementation of ECHR's Judgements" is concerned.


 He said that, speaking in Strasbourg at the Eve of a CoE Assembly's "Debate" on that issue, for which he "Congratulated" MEPs, based on a Report asking for "greater Transparency" in "the Supervision of the implementation of judgements", and a greater Role" for "Civil Society" (i.e. Including Medias, etc),  there, as well as, "in case of Strong Resistance by (a) respondent State",  to "Use the Procedures provided for by Article 46" of the PanEuropean Convention on Human Rights, according to which, whenever a State "Refuses to Abide by a Final Judgement", to "Refer to the ECHR the Question whether ... it Failed  to fulfil its Obligations". In that case ECHR could refer the case back to the Committee of Ministers for ...Measures to be taken" against the Recalcitrant State, (in this case : Turkey).


By a rare coincidence, CoE Assembly's public Debate and Votes on that Crucial matter has been scheduled on Thursday, June 29, i.e. just One Day after the forthcoming Opening of the UN sponsored Multilateral Conference on Cyprus issue, scheduled for Tomorrow, Wednesday 28 of June, at Crans Montana, in nearby Switzerland.


+ CoE's President in office Spoke to "Eurofora" Today around this issue, just "a Week" after "a Major Conference on the Binding effect of the judicial Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union and national courts", which "took place ...in Brno, the Capital of the Czech Judiciary", as  "one of the most Prominent events of the Czech Chairmanship" of the CoE", including a "Discussion with Presidents of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts of the member States of the CoE, as well as with Judges of European courts and leading Academics", as he earlier reminded.

 
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In this Context, "the Execution of ECHR's Judgments, and the approaches of Governments of member States to the Condemnatory "Pilot" Judgments", (as those, f.ex., which concern Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced Persons, and/or "Missing" Persons in Cyprus, etc), were "among (the) Topical Issues Discussed" on that occasion.


++Previously in Strasbourg, it was CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland himself, who, on the occasion of a Ceremony for the Beginning of the current, Czech Presidency of the PanEuropean Organisation, where "Eurofora" participated), Warned that "without Implementation of ECHR's Judgements, Rule of Law canNot Exist in Europe !"...


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    + But, meanwhile, it's also the Overall Human Rights' "Situation" in "Turkey", which "seems ... to be Deteriorating", and this "is one of the Most Serious Issues !", CoE President i.o. Zaoralek Criticaly observed.  

   
    - Indeed, "Extreme Care must be taken to respect the rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights", as far as the Turkish Authorities are concerned, in general, he Warned Earlier.


    + "Finally, securing Effective Political Progress is Vital" : "That Message has been conveyed a Number of Times to the Turkish Authorities" ... In general, "The Council of Europe’s Standards and Values must remain the Guiding Principles" Zaoralek concluded on Turkey, in Wider terms.


    + "In Addition" to CoE's Highest Political body : its "Committee of Ministers", it's also its "Secretary General" (Thornbjord Jagland), and "Not only the Czech Republic", but also several Other CoE Member Countries, which "Raise those Issues" also "on a Bilateral Level" vis a vis Ankara, he went on to say.


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    ++ Meanwhile, almost in Parallel, as far as it concerns, Moreover, Turkey's controversial Demand for Ankara's 1974 Invasion/Occupation Troops to remain at the Island even after an eventual ReUnification of Cyprus, in Addition to the Turkish Government's dangerous Claim for even more Unilateral Military Interventions in Cyprus, it's also the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, who, speaking this Week-End on the sidelines of the latest EU Summit in Brussels, reportedly found that "we never had so Many Allies" (among his 27 Collegues Heads of State/Government of EU Member Countries) against that.


    Indeed, inter alia, it was mainly Ankara's blunt insistance for such a quasi-Permanent Military Interventionism in a CoE and EU Member State as Cyprus, which had already Provoked a Long Suspension of the UN sponsored Political Multilateral Conference on Cyprus, shortly after it had just Started, for the 1st Time in History, Back on January 2017, in Geneva.


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    +But it's also the above-mentioned issue of Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced People's Return back Home, which is in fact, one among the "Hottest" in the World :


    F.ex., among others, Experienced, Long Time UNHCR Top Official, Sergio de Mello, World-Famous for his Life-Time search of ways for real Refugees to become able to Return Back Home in various Continents, who became also UNO's High Commissioner for Refugees, and afterwards even for Human Rights in general, was Brutaly Murdered, together with Other UN Staff, by an Islamist Bomb Explosion at his Office at Bagdad, (where he had been exceptionaly send as UN Envoy for Iraq), shortly after Announcing a Big New Plan to Help Bring Back 400.000 Kurdish Refugees at the Northern Region of Iraq, facing Turkey's Borders...


    Later, it was revealed that those Deadly Bombers were Members, in fact, of a Group from which Emerged the Nowadays "ISIL" Islamist Terrorists : Those who have notoriously developed accross Turkey's Borders to Syria and/or Iraq, from where they routinely received, during Many Years, Recruits, Money, Weapons, and other Logistical Support !

+ And, Today, when a Growing List of 11 mainly Muslim Countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Senegal, etc., started to take Sanctions against Qatar, Accused also by New US President Don Trump to Fund Both Islamist Radicalisation and Terrorism, it's ...only Turkey which send Military Troops in the Arab Peninsula, taking Sides for Quatar, was ...Turkey.


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    Now, Zaoralek's above-mentioned Realism (Comp. Supra) seems confirmed also by the Fact that, indeed, EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, (who had been Present at the Beginning of UNO's Cyprus Conference, back on January 2017, at Geneva), as he Recently Told "Eurofora" in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, (Comp:...), exceptionaly won't be present, this Time, at Crans  Montana, (at least Not for Now), where he will be represented by EU Commission's vice-President Timmermans, together with EU's High Representative for External Actions, Federica Mogerini, on Friday, June 30, when UNO's new Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, is due to arrive.


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Last, but not least, "Eurofora" was informed that the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law (i.e. the CoE) was due to be Officialy Represented in the forthcoming Exceptional Strasbourg's Summit for the Orbituary and in Honour of the Historic German Chancelor Helmut Kohl, "Faher" of Germany's and all Europe's ReUnification, next Saturday, July 1st, at EU Parliament here, etc., precisely by the current CoE's President in office, Lubomir Zaoralek.


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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

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    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

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A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

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