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PACE President Maury-Pasquier to EF: Boost Geneva/UN - Strasbourg/CoE links, mainly on Human Rights+

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25. 01. 2019.
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- One of the Best Links between Geneva and Strasbourg, Global and European Human Rights matters : Dick Marty, Swiss Attorney, elected Politician, and former Long-Time CoE Assembly's (PACE) Rapporteur on "Hot" Issues, President of its Legal affairs Committee, and currently vice-President of the World Organisation against Torture (WOAT), invited here this week to discuss his new Book on "a certain Idea of Justice", in a special Side Event of PACE's Winter 2019 Plenary Session, gave an opportunity for "Eurofora" to question the New President of the PACE, Liliane Maury-Pasquier, herself a Swiss MEP, about her intentions on CoE - UNO a.o. relations in the foreseable Future:


- In her Reply to "Eurofora"s question, the PanEuropean CoE Assembly's President reminded, First of all, the simple but interesting, relevant Fact that she personally was "a Geneva Citizen myself", as she pointed out with a smile.


Indeed, in an unusual but practical move recently, f.ex. Pasquier had Recently chosen Geneva as her Meeting place for a Politically Important Encounter with the Vice-President of the Russian Duma, MEP Pyotr Tolstoi, on the "Hot" and thorny Issue of Russian MEPs' Voting and Participation Rights inside PACE, as well as Moscow's Financial Contribution to the CoE (See, f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeandrussiain2019.html, etc), Last Week.


- For that and other reasons, "I certainly wish to see a Rapprochement of Activities" as that suggested by "Eurofora" in this regard (Comp. Supra), PACE's President went on to confirm positively.


- This could occur Both "Between those Cities (Geneva and Strasbourg) and the Institutions" which are headquartered there (f.ex. CoE, EU Parliament, etc., vis a vis UNO, IPU, etc), she interestingly added.


Her 1st point obviously concerns also another, adjacent Idea promoted in parallel by "Eurofora"s CoFounder : that of the creation of systematic Links between "International Cities", i.e. Cities hosting various International Organisations, withOut being themselves National Capitals of any single State, (f.ex. Strasbourg, Geneva, New York, Saint Petersburg, Shanghai, etc). Inter alia, we have already Proposed that, in particular, to Strasbourg's "EuroMetropole"'s President, Robert Herrmann, who gladly endorsed our idea, as early as since 2015-2016, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgmetropoleandairqualityiininternationalcities.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/prefetfrataccistrasbourgasgebevanyorshanghai.html, etc), and even started, already, to at least partly Use it in real Practice, (f.ex. in the presentation of Strasbourg's "International Space University" [ISU] on 2018-2019, etc).


- Obviously, this concerns, "particularly the UNO, including at New York", (another International City : Comp. Supra), with which, "already this year", we had some joint moves, and this might develop further during the next year.


+ But, "in general, we (CoE) are interested for Cooperation with all Organisations which are active in SImilar Areas to ours", PACE's President added, in Wider Terms.


F.ex. already UNO's High Commissioner for Refugees notoriously has established a Permanent Representative to the CoE in Strasbourg, where, normaly, he should be Followed also by his Geneva collegue, the UNO's High Commissioner for Human Rights, and/or UNO's World Council of Human Rights (See also Infra), and/or UNO's Working Groups on "Missing" Persons, "Torture", etc.


Dick Marty is today the Only European in World Organisation against Torture (WOAT)'s Presidency, together with its Head : Hina Jilani, from Pakistan, and another vice-President :  Mokhtar Trifi, from Tunisia, (in addition to Various Other Members of its Executive Council, f.ex. from Russia, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, etc). WOAT is represented Both among CoE's PanEuropean Conference of "INGOS" in Strasbourg, and in relevant UN Organisations, including at the World Council on Human Rights, whose creation was one of the most Important Reforms at the Historic Heads of States/Governments' Summit on UNO's 60th Anniversary, back on 2005 in New York, that "Eurofora"s co-Founder had covered for the Press (publishing, then, mainly at "TCWeekly": Comp. f.ex. 2 Articles from NY, etc).


In the PACE he has Drafted several Key Reports of the CoE in particularly Delicate matters, including, f.ex., inter alia, also : on Cyprus' Enclaved People, living in the Territories controlled by Turkey's Invasion/Occupation Army, (a notoriously UNO Issue too); "Missing" Persons in Kosovo (f.ex. Serbs), and alleged Traffick of Human Organs, (where he reportedly suspected also Kosovo's current controversal President Hashim Thaçi, added to a Turkish "Doctor", etc, while also Advising "Eurofora" to always look for eventual "Ogans' Traffick" atrocities in cases of "Missing" Persons, f.ex. also in Cyprus, in Latin America, etc., but withOut limiting the Investigation only to that : See, f.ex. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/martyonmissingorgantraffic.html) ; CIA's Redition Flights and alleged Secret Prisons, (a famous Global Medias' "Best Seller"), etc.


+ By a Timely Coincidence, almost at the Same Moment that "Eurofora" was speaking with PACE's President in her Office, at the Hemicycle, the Winter 2019 Plenary Session of the PanEuropean Organisation was Debating and Voting on a Report seeking to Strengthen the Implementation of CoE's Anti-Torture Watchdog, the "Committee to Prevent Torture" CPT, by Enhancing the Role of Elected MPs and MEPs, in National, European, Paneuropean and International Parliaments. I.e. an Issue obviously near to Dick Marty's current and former roles as European vice-President of the World Organisation Against Torture and f. PACE's Top MEP, (Comp. Supra), as well as to Luisa Ballin's, (experenced Journalist and f. Long-Time Director of Communications at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, with whom "Eurofora"'s co-Founder had co-Organized an Important Collective Fact-Finding Trip of ACANU, the Association of Press Correspondents covering UNO-related Issues from its Geneva Headquarters, already as early as since 1993-1994, before crossing eachother anew at Montreux/Glyon on 1997, near Luzern on 2005, shortly missing each other in Geneva on 2011, but communicating briefly Later-on, etc).


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+ "Eurofora" advanced further, Today, on Geneva - Strasbourg cooperation prospects (Comp. Supra), on the occasion of the "New Situation" for Europe, Nowadays on Syria, as USA is Withdrawing, while actors as Russia, Turkey, and EU Countries active in the International Coalition against ISIS' Deadly Islamist Terrorists, etc., that CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, discussed with us Last Week in Strasbourg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coesgjaglandgermanmfamaasrussia.html), as well as this Week's Decision of the PACE to elect Cyprus' MEP George Lucaides as New President of its Middle-East and Arab World Committee, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeassemplymiddleeastarabworld.html) : - "Are there any foreseable New Developments to expect as far as CoE's potential role, more or less Together with the UNO, might be concerned, f.ex. around Syria, Middle East, and/or other South Mediterranean Countries ?", we asked President Pasquier.


 - Without Denying that concrete possibility, PACE's President carefully preferred, here, to reserve her Reply "Open" for the Future : - "I haven't yet thoroughly examined this kind of issues in depth, and it appears to be too early for the moment, so I can't reply to that point now, but I promise to do so as soon as possible", she told us, honestly, in substance.


=> Rendez-Vous taken, on that key point... And even in front of interested witnesses, since our exchange took place during the regular, Post-Session's Press-Briefing by PACE's Presidency to Strasbourg's European Journalists.

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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