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CoE: Life-long Genetic AppartHeid accepted + incited by Report drafted in Strange Context ?!

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A very "Tricky" CoE Report, Debated and Voted Tomorrow, on the "Hottest" BioEthical Issue: that of "new  Genetic Technologies" that could be "used" (sic!) "in Human Beings", with notorious Risks for all Humankind in case of possible Abuse, despite some False,  superficial Appearances, contains, in fact, so Many and Big "Loopholes", even  indirect but real Attempts to ...Impose them, that, instead of "Protecting" Humanity, as it claims, on the contrary, it thrreatens to slyly Doom it !


The Time Deadline for Tabling written Amendments Ending Today (Wednesday) Afternoon, in a few Hours (17h), this Note is obliged to be Short, (and should be UpDated Later-on) :


- In fact, that Draft Asks Only to "Ban a Pregnancy with GermLine Cells (transmissible to Next Generations), or Human Embryos having undergone Intentional Genome Editing", as it says.


=> But, it curiously leaves Open any Other Genetic Manipulation, even if it might have ...Life-long Effects !


+ Moreover, Even if it might be Transmissible to Next Generations, such a Genetic Manipulation is Accepted, if Critics canNot Prouve that it is "Intentional"...


++ Going even Further, its Author Repeatedly Claims, vaguely, that "Recent Technologies ... related to Human Genome" would have big "Potential Benefits" (sic !).


However, it's also a Fact that, even More than 8 Years Later, towards the End (October) of 2017, despite many Millions $ spend, there is Not yet Any Major Medical Breakthrough to mark since the Early (March) 2009 Decision of Obama to Lift the Prohibition of Federal Funding for Projects using Genetic Manipulation of Human Embryos, (that former US President GWBUsh had OutLawed Shortly before 9/11, in the Middle of August 2001).


+Going even Beyond that, it also Asks a CoE's  "Recommendation", and/or "Legal Framework", explicitly Authorizing (i.e., in brief : Imposing) such "New Genetic Technologies"...


For the rest, that Controversial Draft speaks also about some undetermined "Public Debates", etc., before Final Decisions, (which seem to arrive Soon, given that "New [Genetic] Technologies are Developing very Rapidly", as it warns.

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PACE's vice-President, Experienced mainstream MEP Valeriu Ghiletchi told us that the overall line due to be followed Tomorrow by 5 critical Amendments due to be tabled asap, would be, mainly, to "Defend the (CoE's 1998) Oviedo Treaty" on BioEthics.


But, when it had been Drafted, back on 1997 at the CoE in Strasbourg, "Eurofora'"s co-Founder remembers well that the 2 German Experts participating in that huge Collective endeavour, had, astonishingly, Left that Meeting Shouting, and run to Alert the Journalists working in the CoE that the adopted Text for that particular version of the BioEthical Convention had Big Loopholes on Dangerous Issues, (f.ex. Human Embryo,  well Informed Acceptance, etc.) and should be Rejected. That's why Germany,, and some Other Countries had Refused to sign then...


As for the MEP who Drafted that Nowadays Report,  Petra de Sutter, a Socialist from Belgium, she has become Notorious for provoking, Earlier, a Strong Popular and MEPs' Protest against a Previous Report she had Drafted, also alone, on anOther BioEthical Issue (including "Gender", etc), resulting in a Referal Back to Committee and afterwards in Strong Amendments.


But, this Time, such an even much More Important BioEthical Issue was, apparently, treated rather Superficially, behind Closed Doors of an obscure Social and Health Committee Meeting, back on April 2017...


... I.e., by another "Coincidence", almost Precisely at the very Moment that an UnPrecedented Harassment started against the then President of CoE's Assembly, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Pedro Agramunt, under various Other Pretexts, in order to make him ...Resign, exactly when that Controversial Report is now going to be Debated and Voted by that Assembly : October 2017 !


+In Addition, at the Same Time, his Group: that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, traditionaly Interested in BioEthical Issues, was, suddenly ... Divided by 2 Different Candidates for Agramunt's Succession, inevitably Weakening and/or Diverting the Attention of that Group Elsewhere, at the most Crucial moment...

 

Meanwhile, the only Public Debate and Vote on such a "Hot" and Controversial Issue of great and Topical Importance for all Humankind, was Scheduled on PACE's Agenda just After several among the Most Important Reports of this Autumn 2017 Session, such as : on ISIS' Crimes against Humanity, an Exceptional Top Level Meeting between CoE's Committee of Ministers and MEPs on Russia, the recent and still on-going Developments on Catalonia's attempts for Secessionism, Ukraine, etc. : I.e. after many obvious Mediatic HeavyWeights... Moreover, on the Top of all this, was even Added, immediatly afterwards, also  Debate against so-called "Discriminations" of ..."Trans-Gender" individuals, (which currently Rocks amidst the Anti-Trump Establishment from Calif ornia up to Wash.DC) !

So that, for any Journalist, eventually ambitioning to at least Follow, and if possible Cover seriously for the Press, all those Topical Debates and Votes scheduled for Today up to 8 o'clock p.m. at the Evening, almost at the Same Time as the above-mentioned Crucial BioEthical Issue for all Humankind, (Comp. Supra), he should, apparently, have already become a ... "Mutant", (or, Otherwise, he would be obviously Hindered, in real Practice)...

 


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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).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "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.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "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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