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Cyprus-UK BREXIT Negotiation will Start+Advance well, says to "EF" Governing Party MEP Christoforou

Escrito por ACM
03.10.17
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Forhcoming Cyprus - UK Negotiations on relevant "BREXIT"'s aspects would Start soon and shall Advance Well, optimistically said to "Eurofora" Nicosia's Governing Party's mainstream MEP Lefteris Christoforou, from the Biggest Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP.


EU Parliament will have to Vote in order to Endorse the result of EU - UK Negotiations on BREXIT, and, therefore, it has recently Started to closelly Follow their Progress, as its new President, Antonio Tajani, recently announced.

Christoforou was Speaking to "Eurofpra" in EU Parliament in Strasbourg the Same Day that its Plenary Debated and Voted, Earlier Today, on the general "State of play of (EU) Negotiations with the United Kingdom" until now, with the participation of EU's Chief Negotiator on BREXIT, Michel Barnier, (Comp.  Barnier's recent Statements to "Eurofora", previously, at : ....).

Cyprus - UK Negotiations on specific Issues of common interest are due to Start Next Week, from the 11th of October, in Brussels.

The Chief Negotiator for Cyprus is Ambassador Minas Hatzimichael, a Top Diplomat who holds a Solid Experience particularly on Multilateral Relations, including at the CoE in Strasbourg and at the UNO in New York, etc., (with whom "Eurofora"s co-Founder has already Cooperated in the Past).  

The Beginning of those substantial Negotiations is due to Focus on the 2 Brittish Bases existing at the Strategic Island according to Treaties signed since its Independence on 1960-1961, about their possible Future after the planned Withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

- Among those EU Member States which are due to be Most Affected by BREXIT's eventual Consequences, Together with Ireland, Malta (also Member of the Brittish "Commonwealth", as Cyprus too), and perhaps the Netherlands, is included also Cyprus, for whom BREXIT is "an Important Issue", reportedly stressed, in parallel, Today at Nicosia, the experienced Cypriot Long-Time Foreing Minister, (and Former Top MEP in Strasbourg/Brussels (in charge of Foreign Policy at EU Parliament's Biggest Political Group, that of EPP, in the Past), Ioannis Kasulides, (Comp. various Kasulides' Statements to "Eurofora" on manifold Different topical EU/CoE/UNO issues, f.ex. : ...+... +..., etc).

- However, all the Repercussions of BREXIT vis a vis Cyprus canNot yet be Determined Precisely, for the Time being, inter alia, also because of an Insufficient, yet, Progress in the Main EU - UK Negotiations until now, Kasulides reportedly added.
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Indeed, the Resolution debated and Adopted, earlier Today here, by a Strong Majority of 557 Votes, Against Only 92, and with 29 Abstentions in EU Parliament, supports the View that "Sufficient Progress has Not yet been made" on the 2 Main EU Priorities : "Citizens Rights, Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ...UK's Financial Obligations".


=> Therefore, EU Parliament's Resolution "calls" on EU Heads of State/Government, (who are due to meet in a Summit in Brussels later this Month, on 19-20/10/2017), "to Decide, at [their] October Meeting to Postpone [their] Assessment" on BREXIT's course, "Unless there is a Major Breakthrough, in line with this resolution in all 3 areas" cited above.

 - But, "for the Moment", i.e. as long as "there is not sufficient progress on the negotiations on the table", then, "there is No chance of Entering into the 2nd Phase of the (EU - UK) Negotiations", (i.e. on London's Future Status vis a vis the EU, in case of BREXIT), Warned the President of EU Parliament's Biggest Group, German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP, Martin Weber, during Today's Debates here.


>>> However, at the foreseeable Horizon, - "We Need clear Results in 2019; Otherwise the Consent of the European Parliament is Not guaranteed", President Weber also Urged everybody, before briefly meeting, later Today, also "Eurofora", at a subsequent occasion, (See, f.ex.: ...).
 

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+ Cypriot Citizens who Reside and/or Work in the Brittish Bases, which extend throughout considerable areas of the Island's Southern SeaCoasts, are due to be at the Focus of the Cyprus - UK Negotiations on BREXIT, that will start meanwhile (Comp. Supra).

During Today's Votes in EU Parliament's Plenary in Strasbourg, a Very Strong Majority of 586 MEPs clearly Rejected a controversial Amendment by the EuroSceptical EFDD Group to Drop a Call for EU Citizens' "Settled Status" as Permanent Residents in the UK, where a particularly Large Proportion of Cypriots have been notoriously Living since a Long Time ago.

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Moreover, EU Parliament also Rejected another  Amendment which had attempted to ask for what it called "Gibraltar's Sovereignity", Not to be put in "Question" by BREXIT Negotiations.


However, EU Parliament "on the Other hand" , Positively "Noted" that "that in her Speech of 22 September 2017" UK Prime Minister Theresa May, "Excluded any Physical Infrastructure at the border" with Ireland, (i.e., f.ex., a Wall or Fence, etc).


This might even "presume... that the UK stays in (EU's) Internal Market and Customs Union, or that Norhern Ireland stays" there "in some form", MEPs went on to Speculate.


Such Points were specifically Adopted with a particular Majority of MEPs' Votes, even Stronger than that which played for the Entire Resolution : 562 Votes in Favor, instead of just 557, respectively.


Last, but not least, EU Parliament also Rejected anOther Amendment, asking to "Prevent a <<Hardening>> of the Border between Spain and Gibraltar" after the BREXIT, as it said

- Even if this particular Point, Exceptionally, attracted a somewhat Higher Minority of MEPs than All Other Votes : 90 instead of a usual 70 in Most Other Cases, i.e. +20 Dissident MEPs more than Average...

 

 

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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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