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CoE Syria Rapporteur Bakoyani on Turkish Invasion (as +US react): Stop Hostilities+Protect Civilians

Written by ACM
Friday, 26 January 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- As USA started to react, the same CoE Rapporteur who had succesfully launched the 1st Call to Save assieged Kobane City from ISIS' Deadly Islamist Terrorists cowardly Targetting even innocent Civilians, back on 2014 (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeforimmediateinternationalhelptosyriankurds.html, etc), Experienced former Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyanni, who has just become, this week in Strasbourg, the PanEuropean CoE Assembly's New Rapporteur on Syria, reportedly urged to Stop Hostilities, after Turkey's, much Criticized, Military Invasion in Syria's Kurdish Region at Afrin, and to Protect Civilian People.

 

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- Declaring to be "Extremely Worried, about the Situation in Afrin", (the Syrian Kurdish Region attacked by Turkey's Military and its Proxy Armed Gangs), COE's Rapporteur on Syria urged for "No Further Escalation of Hostilities" started by Ankara's Military Invasion a few Days ago, and Stressed that "it's Important to ... Protect Civilians", as well as to have an "Humanitarian Access" to that Region, according to an Official Publication made Today (Friday) by PACE's Political Affairs Committee, and Re-Published by CoE's General Communication Service.


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+ Meanwhile, Germany reportedly moved to Raise the Issue also inside NATO, (where Turkey's position has notoriously become more and more Controversial, particularly after buying Russian Anti-Air Missile System "S400", Blocking Western Politician's Access sometimes to Incirlik AirBase, sometimes to their own Troops manning "PATRIOT" Anti-Missile Systems lended to Turkey, Spying and/or Bullying NATO Member States on alleged Dissidents living in Europe, and now Attacking the International Coalition's Best local Allies against ISIL's Islamist Terrorists, etc).

 

 Earlier this week, French President Macron, "expressed ... his Concern, following the Turkish Military Intervention launched on Saturday in Afrin's area", said an Official Press Comuniqué published by Elysée Palace in Paris. In particular, Macron reminded the Need to ":


 - "Fight, as a matter of Priority, against ISIS, and All the Jihadist Forces present",


- "Ensure, for Civilian Populations the indispensable Humanitarian conditions"


- "Facilitate the on the spot conditions for a Sustainable Political Solution"
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- USA has also Denounced the Fact that Turkey's Military Invasion of Syria's Kurdish Region obviously risks to "Distract" attention from the recent Focus on totally Defeating ISIL's Deadly Islamist Terrorists :

- "“The Violence in Afrin Disrupts what was a relatively Stable Area in Syria, and Distracts from the International effort to Defeat ISIS", U.S. Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, denounced.


- Therefore, Mattis "Urge(d) Turkey to exercice Restraint", Both "in the Miitary Action", "and" on the provocative "Rhetoric", (which, according to an "AP"'s "FactCheck", contains several UnTrue claims, which are Grossly Fake : F.ex. that "ISIS" would exist at Afrin's area, that Syrian Kurds would have "Attacked" Turkey : Both False, and so on)...


=> So that New US President Don Trump has just "expressed Concern about Destructive and False Rhetoric coming from Turkey", as an Official "White House" Press Readout revealed.


- US President Trump also "relayed (to Turkey's Erdogan) Concerns that Escalating Violence in Afrin, Syria, Risks UnderCutting our ... Goals in Syria : "All parties" "Must Focus ... on .. . Achieving the Lasting Defeat of ISIS" instead, the White House pointed out.


>>>That's why, the American President "Urged Turkey to DeEscalate, LImit its Military Actions, and Avoid Civilian Casualties", as well as "Increases to Displaced persons and Refugees".


Significantly, the "White House" listed what U.S. considers as "Terrorism" in that area, citting "ISIS, Al-Quaida, PKK and Iranian-sponsored Terrorism", but clearly Ommitting even to mention here, the Syrian Kurds of YPG, (who have Never Attacked Turkey until now, as an "AP FactCheck" reminded in parallel).


+ Moreover, Don Trump also "Urged Turkey to exercice Caution, and to Avoid any actions that might Risk Conflict between Turkish and American Forces" (sic !) in Syria's Kurdish region, (particularly after Erdogan threatened to Extend Turkey's Military Invasion even to adjacent areas, where U.S.A. Defense Officers are present)...


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+ Mainstream North American NewsAgency "Bloomberg" has just published a Strong Criticism of the current Risk to "Betray" USA's recently proven "Best Allies" in that Strategic area, i.e. the Syrian Kurds, with Consequence for the USA to Never Find any Other new Ally, ready to fight efficiently, anywhere else in the World, at the foreseable Future...


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++ The Syrian Kurds have also, reportedly, launched a call for the Country's National Government in Damas, to Join Forces in order to Defend Syria's Territorial Integrity from the Turkish Military Invasion which pushes also some "Proxy" Armed Gangs opposed to Damas.


+++ Earlier this week in Strasbourg, PanEuropean COE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE)'s Bureau, backed by at least the 4 Biggest Political Groups of MEPs, (the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, the Socialists, the Liberals, and the EuroLeft, etc), openly Supported a series of proposals asking Turkey to "immediately Stop" its Military Intervention, calling for a relevant UN SC Resolution, Measures to Save Civilian Peoples' Lives and care for new Refugees provoked by Ankara's troops invasion, as well as to Seek Peaceful Political Solutions, (See : ....).


=> The Next Meeting of CoE Assembly's Bureau will take place on March 2018 in Paris, immediately Followed by an Important PACE's "Standing Committee" subsequent Session, (which has, in principle, Equal Powers to PACE's Plenary sessions, as that which is scheduled for April 2018 in Strasbourg).


Both Moves will be Preceded by an Earlier Meeting of PACE's Political Affairs Committee, also in Paris, due to be Chaired by its Newly Elected President, the Experienced Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten, from the Same ChristianDemocrat/EPP Political Group as PACE's New Rapporteur on Syria, mainstream MEP Dora Bakoyanis, (who, as Rapporteur, can Follow relevant developments and make Urgent Statements on her Mandate, whenever Necessary).

 

 +Meanwhile, the mainly Turkey-controlled "Opposition" in Syria, has just Refused to go to Sochi (Russia) for an Important Meeting on the Peace process in Syria.

Until now, that Meeting had been Interpreted as a Concession by Turkey to Russia, speculating that, in exchange, Moscow might have accepted to Close its Eyes on Ankara's eventual Military Intervention against Syrian Kurds.

But, Today, after that blunt Refusal, Russia has no more reasons for closing its eyee on Turkey's selfish wrongdoings, no more...

After the cowardly Killing of 2 Russian Pilots, stubbed behind the back while Fighting against ISIL's Islamist Terrorism at the Turkish-Syrian Borders near Afrin, (followed even by the Brutal Murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara, by a Turkish "Guard"), now it's also the Syrian Kurds, who had Dared Fight a Hard but Succesful  Struggle against ISIL's Deadly Islamist Terrorism, who are Stubbed behind the back by the Turkish Military and its Proxies... 

I.e. the Same who had notoriously profited from several Years of various illegal Trafficks to and from ISIL Terrorists, (f.ex. Jihadists, Arms, Oil/Gas, stolen Cultural Goods, etc), always in Total Impunity !          

  - Could, all this, be just a pure "Coincidence" ?...
                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                     

 

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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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