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CoE Local/Regional Democracy watchdog Chief Knape to EF: Contribution to Peace in Syria not excluded

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 29 October 2019

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE's Local/Regional Democracy Watchdog's experienced President, Swedish ChristianDemocrat/EPP representative, (also in relevant EU's Bodies), Anders Knape, speaking to "Eurofora", did Not Exclude at all a possibility for the PanEuropean, 47-Member States' strong (including Russia, etc) Organisation HeadQuartered in Strasbourg, to eventualy provide a Key Contribution to Growing International Efforts for Peace in Syria.

- Indeed, Nowadays, "there is a Huge Interest", inside the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), to Try to Help Solve this Terrible Situation at the Neighboorhoud of Europe", he Replied to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question,

while also Turkey's Military Invasion and Occupation of the Syrian Kurdish Region, Condemned by the EU Heads of State/Governments, the Arab League, China, etc., as well as strongly Denounced by Human Rights' Global Organisations, as Amnesty International, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, etc, which has, Already, reportedly provoked More than 300.000 Refugees/Displaced People, Grave illTreatments and Killings even of Hundreds of Civilian People, etc, has Also Brought Closer to each other the Syrian Kurdish Region and Damas' National Government, so that Classic Federation demands, seem to give way rather to adequate Regional DeCentralisation aspirations, in an eventual Peace Deal, (as that which was advocated also by "Future Syria" Party's SG Hevrin Khalef, notoriously Tortured and Killed by Ankara's Armed Islamic Gangs' proxies, right from the Start of the present Turkey's Invasion : Comp. ... +..., etc).

Given the Urgency, the current Deal between Syrian Kurds (the Biggest Regional Minority of the Country) and the National Government in Damas, is, mainly "Military", in order to Face immediately the Turkish Armed Invasion and Occupation, reportedly Leaving "Political" Questions, (as, f.ex., Federalisation or DeCentralisation, SDF Autonomous Part of the Syrian Army, etc.), for Later-on. Meanwhile, after the US, Russia is reportedly trying to Mediate, also in Real Practice, including by Patrols, between Turkey's Invading Forces and their Armed Gangs' Proxies, from one side, and the Defending Syrian kurds and National Government, from the other side, amidst a very Delicate and UnStable context on the spot.

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- "Nowadays, you have, f.ex., Tunisia, Morocco, and Various Other Non-European Countries, active as Observers inside the CLRAE, But also a Growing Number of Refugees/IDPs, Journalists Killed, Women Tortured and Murdered, etc., in Syria", "Eurofora" observed to President Knape, from the outset.

- It's not yet known If, and When, it might work, But, Recently, German Chancelor Merkel, UNO's SG Gutierrez, and Others, speak very much about a "Constitutional Commitee" Efforts, to start Soon at nearby Geneva, to Find a Political Solution for Syria, which will touch Everybody Around it, if it Works. But, AnOther Aspect, are Local Issues, particularly Regions, because many Kurds, currently don't speak, no more, about Federation, and Try to Focus, instead, on Regions, i.e. DeCentralisation. There may be Also Others, there. As you know, we have in the CoE the Venice Committee, mainly for Constitutional Issues. But, for Local/Regional Issues, it's Your Kingdom. => So, Do you think that there Might be any Hope for the Congress to Contribute, By Experts, Visits, Advise, etc., according to the PanEuropean Experience that you have in such Issues, to try to Propose a Series of Ideas, which Might Help Find some Solutions there for Peace ?", "Eurofora" asked.

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- "We are (already) Working with Citizens' Diplomacy, there, you know. We think that's one of the Tools", CLRAE's President modesty Revealed, at the Beginning.

- "But", for the rest, "it Depends on Concrete Actions", he observed, Thouthfully :

- F.ex., inter alia, "it has to be Discussed in the (CLRAE's) Bureau, the Governments, etc., about such activities".

+ Moreover, it needs  "to be Financed", he practicaly observed, (even if, among others, it's, also, particularly Germany, which seems very Motivated, judging by Chancelor Angie Merkel's Concluding remarks, at her Press Conference in the Latest EU Summit in Brussels, while Berlin takes soon over CoE's rotating Chairmanship).  

>>> But "there is a Huge Interest, of course, from the Members of the Congress, to try to Solve this Terrible Situation !", Anders Knape clearly stressed.

- Because, indeed, "there is a So UnStable Situation in the Neighbourhood of Europe. Absolutely !", he pointed out.

+ Which Affects us, (f.ex., among others, also via Mass Asylum Seekers, Islamist Terrorism Attacks against Civilians, etc). "It's True, Absolutely !", he confirmed.

- "At this Stage", however, "it's Difficult for me to be More Concrete", he Carefully noted.

- "However", at least, as a Perspective, "this Will Continue".

+ "And, I am Sure, that there will be More to Come !".

=> So that "I Hope that I could have a Better Answer to this Question after the (Next CLRAE) Session in March" 2020, in Strasbourg, President Knape foresaw.

- "Because, I think that there Will be some Steps Taken, Until then", on the Syrian Issue, until then, he Optimistically concluded, as things appear to evolve for the time being.

- Thus, "I Hope You come Back to me", on that. "Thank you very much", CLRAE's President Kindly gave the Next Rendez-Vous to "Eurofora", Saluting with a Smile, Together with his Charming Spouse, from whom he's, as always, inseparable.

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Earlier, already the previous, Long-Time CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, replying to a relevant Question by "Eurofora", had acknowledged the fact that, the "New Situation" in Syria, in view of USA's Withdrawal, left a Space for Europe, including CoE, at least on Migrants and even Constitutional Issues, (even if the situation had "not yet reached that point", then, while it has done so, Recently : Comp. Supra, +See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coesgjaglandgermanmfamaasrussia.html, etc). On that 2nd Point, Jagland's above-mentioned Reply to "Eurofora"s Question, Later proved to be Premonitory...

Recently, the New CoE's Secretary General, Marija Buric, speaking to Turkish Journalists, spoke also about Migrants, But, in Addition, about "Civilian People"'s need to be Protected, (even if Syria is not directly under CoE's remit), as she pointed out, (apparently pointing, indirectly but surely, at ECHR's "Loizidou" case-law, which recognizes the Responsibility of an EU Member State as also Turkey, whenever it "Controls" the situation at a precise Area and Period of Time).

However, Afterwards, curiously, someone and/or something, apparently incited Buric to Focus mainly on Migrants only, surprisingly Skipping now any Reference to the Need to Protect Civilian People, (at anOther Reply to a French Media's Questions), arguying that Turkey would have "Announced" the "End" (Not Simple precarious "CeaseFire" for a Few Days until Kurds get lost), of its "Military" Invasion/Occupation of the Syrian Kurdish Region ! But, on the Contrary, the Latest Developments on the spot, prove that, in fact, Turkey's Forces persist to Attack, Both Syrian Kurds and Damas' Government's National Army's positions, in addition to Invading Many More Syrian Kurdish Villages,... (Partly UpDated).

Thus, the Question on How to Articulate, if not in the Current, at least in a "Future Syria" (Comp. Supra), a closer Cooperation between Damas' National Government, and the Syrian Kurds, came at the Forefront. Even if, Nowadays, the Obvious Urgency is to Rapidly Find Practical Ways for a close and Efficient Synergy on the spot, Leaving any Complex Issue for Later-on in the Future.


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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"Zeitnot" for 2009 EU Elections ?

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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