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Cyprus Foreign Minister Kasulides to EF: We wished UN SC PM+ at UN's Conference, but Others did not

Written by ACM
Monday, 23 January 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Cyprus had wished an active Presence of several other Important Global Powers at the UN sponsored International Conference of Geneva for the ReUnification of that Strategic Island, and particularly of all UN Security Council's Permanent Members, but there wasnt' a positive response yet from the Other side on this point, revealed in substance to "Eurofora" the Experienced, Long-Time Foreign Minister of the Country, (which currently holds the rotating Chairmanship of the CoE), and former Mainstream MEP at EU Parliament, (in charge of Foreign Policy at its Biggest Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Ioanis Kasulides.


UN SC PMs are USA, Russia, China, the UK, and France. Among them, it's only Great Britain which has already fully participated at the Beginning of UNO's Multilateral Political Conference on Cyprus, as one among the 3 former Guarantors (Together with Greece and Turkey) since 1960, when Cyprus became an Independent Country, before becoming also a UNO and CoE, as well as OSCE and EU Member Country.


The Chinese President, Xi Jiping, was, by a coincidence, visiting officialy Switzerland from 15 January 2017, to meet also with the Swiss President before addressing Davos' World Economic Forum, i.e. at the Date which had been initialy scheduled for the Conclusion of UNO's Cyprus Political Conference in Geneva, but the Earlier Suspension of its Work (reportedly because of some obligations of the Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglou) didn't give a chance to eventualy try to associate, in one way or another, these two quasi-Parallel events, facilitated by the Experienced and HyperActive Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter (Comp. his Statements to "Eurofora", as former OSCE President, both in Strasbourg and in Bale, at ... + ..., etc).


However, that Postponement may also give a Chance to the New US President, Don Trump's Administration, and his prefered New Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, (an Experienced in International affairs, former EXXON CEO, who has just Ensured officialy his Confirmation by the US Senate), as well as USA's New Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley (former US Congesswoman and Governor of South Carolina), and their Teams, to have some Time to start examining also the Cyprus issue,(which has notoriously an important impact on EU - Turkey matters).

 

UN-Experienced Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavriv has reportedly stressed the Importance of the role that UN Security Council's Permanent Members can play, particularly on Security aspects in Cyprus.  France has already expressed (including by its Ambassador to Cyprus) its Will to participate, at an adequate stage. Meanwhlle, EU Economic Powerhouse Germany, the Richest and most Populated EU Country, has, reportedly, also indicated an Interest to attend, (etc).

 

The potential input of such Important and relevant Countries, with various Global Responsibilities, to a possible ReUnification of Cyprus, can be obviously Valuable, after more than 42 Years of a GeoPolitical, International Law, and Human Rights' Problem, since the 1974 Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of the Northern Part of the Island, exploiting a provoked Blockade of a Dysfunctional Constitution inherited from Post-Colonial Times, and a failed Coup Attempt, Reversed with Delay. Particularly it seems that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots have recently managed to make some notable way ahead Together, even if some serious points wait still to be clarified, and/or settled with a functional compromise, while, at this stage, what remains still an Open Question, is Turkey's stance vis a vis its Military still camping inside an Independent EU Member Country. 

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Kasulides was Today at the CoE in Strasbourg in order to Address its PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly's Winter Session this Week (22-27 January 2017, on behalf of CoE's Committee of Ministers, that Cyprus chairs from November 2016 up to May 2017 incl., replying also to MEPs' Questions on several European/International Issues related to CoE's competences, according to the rules.

 

 

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But Tomorrow, it's the President of the Republic of Cyprus himself, Nicos Anastassiades, who has been invited as Keynote Speaker of CoE's 47 Member States strong PanEuropean gathering in Strasbourg, (also in quality of CoE Chairman in office), where a Long List of MEPs from various Countries has already been registered in order to raise various Topical Questions, be it on Human Rights, Economy and/or Politics, etc., while also meeting with CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, CoE Assembly's President, Pedro Agramunto, ECHR President, Guido Raimondi, and other CoE's Top Officials, before leaving for Cyprus, to hold Important Bi-Communal and UN-related Contacts, etc.


EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood policy, is also due to make a Speech in CoE's Assembly and Reply to MEPs' Questions on matters of his competence, earlier that same day.


President Anastassiades is also due to Participate, Tomorrow in Strasbourg, to the Annual Ceremony to Mark the International Day of Commemoration, in Memory the Victims of the Holocaust, Together with the President of Romania, Klaus Johhanes, (who will address the PanEuropean Assembly on Wednesday), CoE's Leaders, and various other Officials.

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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