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

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Tuesday, October 13, 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 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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