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CoE Assembly clearly + twice Rejects Attempt to Stop Banning any Surrogacy

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Crystal-Clear Majority of MEPs, in PanEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, Twice Rejected, Today, a Controversial Attempt to Stop Banning the UnPopular practice of Surrogacy in all cases.

 
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After a very "Hot" and Long Debate, concluding an almost 2 Years-long process, full of unexpected upheavals (See Infra), finaly, a clear and uncontested Majority of 83 Votes against only 77 Rejected a Draft Text which Refused to Ban all Surrogacies.
Meanwhile, an even Stronger Majority of MEPs had already Rejected another Attempt to "Erase" an Explicit Call to "Condemn All Forms of Surrogacy", with 90 Votes against Only 57, and 7 Abstentions.

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Moreover, Earlier this Week, the competent CoE Assembly's Social and Health affairs Committee, had already Adopted, with a Clear Majority of 24 Votes against Only 16, an Amendment Explicitly Supporting "Childrens and Womens' Rights ...by Condemning All Forms of Surrogacy".


A Last-minute Attempt to override that by pushing another, Strange Vote against such Amendments in the Plenary, with Only a Small "Difference" f.ex. of  just One (1) Vote, (i.e. 79 v. 80, and 5 Abstentions,etc), while, Curiously, the Voting Machines had repeatedly ...Stopped Working, as an Astonished Chairman of that Meeting Denounced, was, Finaly, Droped with the Above Mentioned Concluding Results, voted by a Strong Majority, (Comp.Supra).

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The 47 Member Countries strong CoE has Focused mainly on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, particularly after such a Mandate was more clearly specified at an Historic PanEuropean Summit of Heads of State/Government in Warsaw, Poland, on April 2005, (Comp. "Eurofora" co-Founders NewsReports from that landmark event, then Published at "TCWeekly"+).

 


Holding an Official Mandate from that PanEuropean Summit, the current President of EU Commission, Long-Time former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, had writen an Exceptional Report on EU -CoE Cooperation, (published a few Years afterwards in Strasbourg), where he mainly Concluded that EU should often Consult the CoE's longer Experience and Legal Expertise on Human Rights issues.

 

Meanwhile, during Today's PACE Debates, several MEPs denounced, inter alia, also the Fact that an Initial Draft Resolution, which had been officialy Tabled at the Initiative of mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Valeriu Ghiletchi, against the Controversial and UnPopular practice of Surrogacy, has been afterwards ..."Hijacked" by Others, resulting in a entirely Different Draft Report, prepared by a Socialist MEP, who aimed, on the Contrary, at an Opposite Aim !

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As Ghiletchi himself, (an Experienced former President of PACE's Social affairs Committee, from the Governing Party in Molodova), told "Eurofora", that Controversial Draft seeked to open some Dangerous Breaches towards the atrocious practice of "Surrogate Mothers"' exploitation, (and Artificial Births of Human Beings controlled by Technocrats), under Pretext of a Strange conception of some ambiguous aspects of so-called "Childrens' Rights", which, in fact, were also taken "Hostages" of such a Double-Faced approach. 

 

However, during a PACE Hearing of various Experts, earlier this Week in Strasbourg, at a Side-Event organized on the sidelines of CoE Assembly's Plenary Session for Autumn 2016, at least one among the Representatives of Invited Human Rights' NGOs, told "Eurofora" that she had Raised the Question, on the Contrary, of the Need to Protect also Childrens' Rights against the Risk to Deprive them from their own Natural Family, with a clearly Known and real Father and Mother, if some Expose them to any such Controversial practice of "Surrogate Mothers", whose body is "Used" for the benefit of Others, while, both in Legal and in Moral terms, Nobody has any "Right to get a Child" at any price and by any means, (as even the French Constitutional Court has judged). 

 

Indeed, during the Debates, several among those Other MEPs, who Backed that Socialist Rapporteur, while pretending that they remained, themselves too, Opposed to "Paid" or "Commercial" Surrogacies, on the Contrarty, they clearly Revealed that they Wanted, inter alia, even to Recognize what they Claimed to be a so-called "Altruistic" Surrogacy, (something Vigorously Contested by Many Opposed MEPs), while at least one went even as far as to ..."Warn" Critics that, if they didn't Abide Now, then, Soon, some Lobbies would Push Ahead various kinds of "Transplantations of Uterus", (f.ex. in order to Artificially Bypass the Infertility of some couples, as, mainly, among Homosexuals, Hindered to get a Child by Natural Birth, etc)...

 

However, a Crystal Clear Majority in CoE's PanEuropean Assembly, which had already Refused to Debate in Plenary, and Send that Controversial Report Back to Committe, during its Previous Session on June 2016, Now Rejected Twice any among the above-mentioned Attempts to Facilitate in Practice and/or Recognize at least a Part among Surrogacies, leaving their General Prohibition intact.

 

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("DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, Full Final Version, will probably be Published asap, with much More relevant Data).

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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