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CoE Head Jagland to EuroFora: Meeting UNSG Ban Ki Moon after PACE vote for Pol.Solution to Syria War

Автор ACM
Thursday, 04 October 2012

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 *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/(+partly Updated on 5/9/12)/-  Speaking to "EuroFora" just after a Resolution adopted with a strong Majority by CoE's  Parliamentary Assembly, calling for a "Political Solution" to the "War" in Syria, the Head of the PanEuropean Organization, Thornbjorn Jagland from Norway, expressed his intention to discuss with UNO's Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, in a few Days in Strasbourg, the need to find "an International Solution" on Syria, according to a Double Mandate that he now holds both from CoE's MEPS and Foreign Ministers, as he told us, while Turkey was apparently heading, on the contrary, towards even more Bilateral, Military, Deadly clashes, as it was anounced almost at the same time.


- "Eurofora" asked Jagland if he intends to start using the official Mandate that has just given on Syria CoE's PanEuropean Assembly , by adopting a Resoilution which launches a call in favour of a "Political (and Not Millitary) Solution", to the "Civil War" (as an Amendment adopted at the last minute denounces) going on in Syria.


 - "It's not only the (CoE's) Parliamentary Assembly, but also the (CoE's) Committee of Ministers, which has given ... such a Mandate on Syria", replied Jagland to "EuroFora"s Question.


 - Indeed, most Recently, "there is a very Clear attitude from the (CoE's Committee of) Miinisters, that we (CoE) should Call for an International Solution to this Conflict" about Syria, pointed out Jagland replying to "Eurofora"'.


+ COE's Head, also agreed positively with "EuroFora" that, therefore, "Yes, of course", he "shall use the opportunity of (his) forthcoming meeting with UNO's Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, during the next few Days in Strasbourg, on the sidelines of the 1st World Democracy Forum, scheduled from 5 to 11 October 2012 in Strasbourg, discuss with him "in order to try to advance forward the PACE's  and CM's position for a Political Solution on Syria,


which should, moreover, be "International", as he told us, i.e. apparently very Different from the Bilateral, Military Attacks obviously preferable to Ankara, including repeated, systematic Bombings by the Turkish Army, which have just provoked, yesterday Night and this Morning, "many Killings", as it was reported by the independent Syrian Human Rights' Organization.
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+ Earlier, - i.e. Before Today Afternoon's Decision by Ankara to continue Deadly Bombings against various targets inside Syria, and to give a green light even to more and other Military Operations by the Turkish Army vis a vis its neighbouring Country,-

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  Jagland, referring only to "the developments that had taken place Yesterday", (i.e. the Bombs which reportedly "killed at least 48 and wounded more than 100 People" in Alep, Syria, followed by Rockets fired from an unidentified origin, at a Turkish village killing 3 persons, to which the Turkish Army reacted by opening Fire against several Targets inside Syria chosen by Military Radars, and killing "Many Victims", according to Independent NGOs), had just said in a Press Conference with Strasbourg Journalists, including "EuroFora", at the request of a collegue, that Facts "show how Serious this Conflct is, because the Danger is also spreading to the Neighbouring Countries, and, therefore, once again, we (CoE) call All the parties (i.e. Turkey included) to Stop Hostilities, and, also, on the International Community to find an Agreement on how to Stop Hostilities and find a Political Solution to this conflict".


Previously, CoE's Website published another Note in which Jagland denounced, as a matter of general principle, "the Loss of Lives in a CoE's Member State" as "Deplorable", and added his "sincere Condoleances to the Turkish Government", as well as to "the relations of the Victims", (eventually meaning both a Family in Turkey and the Families concerned in Syria, where Turkish Army's and other Bombings were reportedly massive and repeated : Comp. Supra).

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- UNO's reactions : + "Al Quaida" ?
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    - Initially, UNO Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon's Spokesman had issued an official statement at New York, denouncing the "Atrocious Terrorist Bombings in Alleppo .. which Killed Dozens of People, including Civilians", as well as an "increasing" "Threat to International Peace", launching a "call on all concerned to abandon the use of Violence, .. and exert all efforts to move towards a Political Solution".


    - Later on, UNO's Highest body, the Security Council, "Condemned <<in the Strongest terms>> the Terrorist Attacks, which took place on Wednesday", against the "Syrian City of Aleppo, causing Dozens of Deaths, and leaving more than a Hundred Civilians Injured".

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    - UNO's Security Council "noted that  .. an Islamist .. group affiliated with the Al-Quaida Terrorist Group, had claimed Responsibility for the Attack" against the Syrian City surrounded by Turkey's borders whose Entry Posts were taken over by Rebels (See MAP), where, "at least 2 Car Bombs reportedly Explosed on Wednesday in Allepo's main ... Square, and another (3rd) Bomb Exploded a few Hundred meters away, Killing at least 48 People".

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    + According to Syrian sources, more than ...3.500 kg of Explosives (!) and 2 Shells were used in 3 successive Bombings, against People going to their Daily Work, including Students and Pupils heading to Universities and Schools, killing 48 People and injuring more than 221. Damas asked "the International Community" to "condemn" such "Barbaric Terrorist acts", and to "take Measures against the Executors and those who Support" such "Terrorist and Criminal Gangs", .. who are fleeing into Syria".

 

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    - Thus, "UNSC reaffirmed that Terrorism .. constitutes one of the most Serious Threats to International Peace and Security", while "acts of Terrorism are Criminal and Unjustifiable, regardless their Motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed", expressing its Member Countries' "Determination to Combat All forms of Terrorism, in accordance with its Responsibilities under the UN Charter", but in compliance with "International Human Rights,  Humanitarian, and Refugee Law".
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    + Meanwhile, Ban Ki Moon had been "contacted by Telephone by Turkey's Foreign Minister, A. Davutoglu", and, "in additiion to expressing his Condoleances at the "Tragic Loss of Life", which, "according to Media Reports .. killed several (5) People, including a Child, .. and seriously wounded others, after Mortar Fire from Syria, (where clashes between Armed Rebels and the Country's Authorities were unfolding), hit the town of Akcakale in Turkey's ... Border with Syria", he also "calls on the Syrian Government to Respect fully the Territorial Integrity of its Neighbours, as well as "on All parties, to Reduce Tensions and to forge a Path toward a Peaceful resolution", his spokeman added, reminding that UNO's Head "repeatedly Warned that the .. Militarisation of the confict .. is leading to Tragic Results". That's why,, Ban Ki Moon "encouraged the (Turkish Minister to keep Open all channels of Communication with the Syrian Authorities, with a view of Lessening any tension".


    Already, UNO's Security Council had earlier used the same terms as for the initial, Terrorist multi-Bombing Attack against the Syrian City of Aleppp (Comp. Supra), in order to "condemn" also the subsequent  "Shelling by the Syrian Armed Forces of the (nearby) Turkish Town of Akcakale" , (hit by "a Stray Shell" according to Russian sources, or "from unknown -or unclear- origin", according to other mainstream Media), "which resulted in Deaths of 5 Civilians, all of whom were Women and Children, as well as a number of injuries", expresssing its sincere Condoleances". UNO's SC "called on the Syrian Government too fully Respect the sovereignityt and Territorial Integrity of its Neighbours", (reminding an obviously Basic Principle, concerning also Turkey's notorious policies, vis-a-vis Iraq, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, etc), and "demanded that such Violations of International Law Stop immediately".


    But, despite the fact that, at the same time, UNO's Security Council clearly "called for Restraint", nevertheless, Turkey  repeated its Military Strikes against Syria, this time on the occasion of a mere "stray Shell on a Field" located at the Borderline of the Conflict-striken Syria, (where nobody was injured).

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Meanwhile, CoE's Assembly had voted with a Large Majority, despite the opposal of most Turkish MEPs, to clearly confirm a vibrant Call on Turkey to Stop Hindering the application of the International Geneva Convention on Refugees also to People fleeing Violence from Syria, none of whom can get a Legally Protected Status of Refugee, according to UNHCR Standards, because of Ankara's "regretful" refusal to lift the Exclusion that it currently imposes against all Displaced Persons from Asia, Africa, America, etc., thus abandoning legally Unprotected all People obliged to flee deadly clashes in Syria, provoked by a now "fully-fledged Civil War", as CoE Assembly's Resolution clearly stressed for the 1st time Today.

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Jagland, an experienced former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway, is also a long-time President of the World-famous Oslo Committee for the Nobel "Peace Prize",


 i.e. with an obviously delicate Moral Responsibility to be as fair and efficient as possible, as Head of Organizations dedicated to Human Rights and Peace.

 

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(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already sent earlier to "EuroFora"s Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version may be published asap.)

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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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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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"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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