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CoE Condemns Turkey for pushing Armed Conflict at Caucasus +MEPs Slam Jihadists' smuggling in Europe

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Turkey's Push for Bloody Conflict at the Caucasus was clearly "Condemned" by the PanEuropean, 47 Member Countries-strong CoE Assembly's (PACE) Rapporteur on the Armenian-Azeri Bloody Conflict, Mickael Jensen from Denmark (Liberal), and President of its powerful "Monitoring" Committee on States' Obligations, speaking at PACE's Plenary in Strasbourg.

+ Moreover, in the Debate which followed on the Current Situation in that Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Many MEPs from Various Political Horizons and Countries, Strongly Denounced also Turkey's Recent Export of Extremist Islamist "Jihadist" Armed Gangs from Syria, inside the European Continent, Warning about Risks to Spread, Later-on, Wider throughout Europe's External Borders, from the Caucasus to the Mediterranea, (See Infra).

 

- "First of all, I Remind that it's an Obligation, for All 47 (PanEuropean) CoE's Member States, whenever they have a Dispute among them, to Solve it with Peaceful Means, and Not by an Armed Conflict", stressed from the outset, as a matter of General Principle, PACE's Monitoring Committee's President, Danish MEP Michael Jensen (Liberal), while Introducing the Debate with a Report on the current Bloody Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the Blatant Incitment and Even Interference of Turkey. Otherwise, such situations "Might Further DeStabilize the Continent, and Lead to New Violences" in that case, he Warned.

- The Mainstream Top MEP "Congratulated Russia" for its Positive Role in Obtaining a "Cease Fire" Agreement, Last Friday, But, "Regretfully" observed that, in real Practice, Later-on, this was "Not fully Respected". Until Now, More than "57 Civilian People had been Killed", and "Civilian Areas Targetted", Even "an Historic Christian Cathedral was Targetted", Contrary to the Commitment of Both directly concerned Countries to Respect Cultural Heritage in times of conflict), and "Heavy Artilery" was used against Civilians, while, moreover, "several Journalists have been injured".

+ President Jensen Also recalled that "All CoE's Member States, Not Only those Directly Involved, Must Refrain from Any use of Force, and Abstain from Any Action that Incites Other (CoE's) Member States to resort to Violence, and Not Aid or Abeit, in any way, the use of Force by the Belligerants, or Any Other Manner to Resolve Conflicts But with Peaceful Means", he Added.

 

=> "In this Context, I Have to clearly Condemn the Fact that the Turkish Authorities, which have a great Influence on the Azerbaijan Government, were Not Using that to Calm things down and Return Back to the Negotiation Table. But, on the Contrary, they (Ankara) were Openly Encouraging, and reportedly Abetting Militarily the Azerbaijani to Continue the Armed Hostilities", pointed out CoE's Rapporteur.

+ Already, Since October 6, PACE's powerful Monitoring Committee, chaired by Jensen, had "Deplored Inflammatory rhetoric by Turkey, as well as reported direct Involvement in the conflict, and Called upon it to Cease doing so immediately".

Turkey reportedly is the Only CoE's Member which did Not yet call for a Peaceful Resolution of that Conflict, Starting with an Immediate Cease-Fire.

>>> Inter alia, this Turkish stance is Also "Contrary to the UN Security Council's 884 Resolutions which have Asked All States in the area to Refrain from Any Hostile act or Interference that could Widen the Conflict and Undermine Security in the Region", Jensen added Now, Speaking at PACE's Plenary.

Moreover, even "the ECHR has asked all those involved, Including Turkey, to Refrain from Any Action that would Infringe Human Rights of Civilians", while, "the French and the Russians made Mention of direct Turkish Involvemet in the Conflict", CoE's Rapporteur Concluded.

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+ In PACE's Public Debate which Followed, (See: ..., etc), Many MEPs particularly Slamed Ankara's notorious Massive Export of Foreign Armed Jihadists from Syria and Libya to the Caucasus, on this occasion, Warning of Serious, Wider Risks in the Future.

Turkey, After Surrounding Europe with Extremist Islamist Jihadist Armed Gangs, from Neighbouring Syria (Facing EU Members Cyprus + Greece) since 2018-2020, up to Libya (Facing EU Members Italy + France) on 2020, Following the Transfert, by Turkish Smugglers, of Deadly ISIS' Terrorists in Bataklan's Massacre in Paris on 2015, Berlin's Christmas Market Killings of 2016, nearby Freiburg Rape and Murder also on 2016, and Many Others, has, Now, on 2020, Started Even to Notoriously Export to Armenia/Nagorno Karabach several Thousands More of such Foreign, Non European Jihadist Gunmen, massively Invading Our Continent for the 1st Time in the Modern Era :

- These Facts, Obviously Dangerous for Europe's foreseabla Future, (since Turkey's such Next Steps might be at EU's External Borders in Greece, Italy or France, etc.: Comp. Supra), were Strongly Denounced by Many and Various MEPs at CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly PACE), during a "Current News" Debate, on Monday Afternoon, October 12, in Strasbourg,

+ and almost Immediately Followed by News, from Nearby Caucasus' Area of Russia, that an Armed Gang of such  Jihadists from Syria had just Attacked the Region of Chechnya, Killing several People, Before being subdued by the Security Forces...

=> What Will be Turkey's Next Step in this Growing Morbid Saga against Europe ? And, will EU Start to Efficiently ReAct, Before it becomes Too Late ?

 

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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