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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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New Plan revealed during EU Parliament's session and while Strasbourg's Unified University was inaugurated, (biggest in France, aiming at EU links).

 
EuroDistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau's dynamics were boosted by a key Franco-German meeting during EU Parliament's session here, which anounced a swift towards ambitious European aims : To become a showcase for concrete achievements of European Cooperation that benefit Citizens' everyday life and Economy, while also developing a Culture able to serve and stimulate European Organizations' political activities.

With measures to be taken in 2009, Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict should become EU's new "Metropolitan area" in the Decade 2010-2020, at the heart of Europe in the performant "OberRhein" region, a Franco-German Expert's Report anounced.

- "Defend European Institutions, and in particular EU Parliament" is a key point of the 2009 Report's threefold focus on "Infrastructures"' economy and quality, "Citizens' everyday life", and "Cultural and Political influence".

According to a Draft Statute, France and Germany agree that "an undeniable element of EuroDistrict's image" should be "Strasbourg's status, as Capital of a Democratic and Parliamentarian Europe".

    After parallel and joint meetings at EU Parliament, French and German Ministers for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE and Gunter GLOSER, started working with representatives of Local and Regional Authorities from both sides at Strasbourg's Historic Town Hall, Place Broglie, for the 2009 Monitoring of EuroDistrict "Strasbourg-Ortenau, during which was published an important Experts' Strategic Study with proposals on how to develop it in the Decade 2010-2020.
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    Introducing the 1st Experts' Report on "EuroDistrict" at a moment when it needs "New Ideas" as food for thought, Strasbourg's Mayor, Senator Roland RIES said that "a special Status" should allow "Citizens to share Infrastructures and a common European project", in agreement with his collegue, Mayor of Kehl and German spokesperson for EuroDisctrict, Dr. Gunther PETRY, who focused mainly on the useful role of "Local" authorities in "concrete" achievements.

    - Together with "facilitating Citizens' everyday life", "our countries have also a Political aim", which needs to find "New Forms of Cooperation", said German Minister for EU affairs, Gunter GLOSER. According to a "Subsidiarity principle", which starts from a smaller level, leaving to a bigger entity what it cannot achieve alone, EuroDistict should be the "1st level" in a "Concentric" schema, he added.

    - In fact, "it's a question of Europe's credibility : EuroDistrict must prove that Franco-German cooperation gives results", with "concrete achievements", said the new French Minister for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE. Now, we "must advance further" : There is both "Local and National support" to make of Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "an example on what Europe must do in the Future if it wants to be credible in Citizens' eyes".

    - "Our Mission was to find the region's Potential of the region, "and search adequate Measures to use and develop it"; said German Expert Dr. Erwin VETTER. A main proposal is to "create a New Center for EU Competences", where everything should be concentrated : EuroDistrict, EuroCorps, EuroBest, etc : All in one area, while also linking Airports and other means of Transport, Culture, Education, Science and Research, etc. in order "to create 1 Metropolitan area" before 2020, he anounced.

    - With imagination and organisation "we tried to marry the French and German spirit", added French Expert Bernard COTTIN. He underlined "two points" :  - "In their Everyday Life, Citizens should feel that they are living in One Common Area", (fex. on Phones, Hospitals, Retirement, etc). But EuroDistrict should have also a "Cultural Dimension" : "Strasbourg, had been a little-bit left behind by both countries in the past, but must now find a New dynamic Momentum, at the Heart of Europe, strengthening its Cultural atous and becoming Multi-Cultural, in order to attain a European Dimension and develop the European Institutions", he concluded.

    Symbolically, both Mayors of Strasbourg and Kehl, Ries and Petry, gave to Ministers Gloser and Le Maire as a Gift two Books on Rhine River : Stylicised by both Logos chosen for "EuroDistrict" (as body of a flower), and for Strasbourg's new, Unified University, "UniStra", (as a long "S"), Rhine river came at the focus this week in Strasbourg, headquarters also of the oldest European Organisation : The Committee on Rhine's Navigation.. Meanwhile, Le Maire switched over from German (that he speaks fluently) to French, echoed, the other way round, by Gloser, who also understands French...
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The 2009 REPORT :
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Experts' proposals for EuroDistrict's Legal status is to start in 2009 with a "European Group for Transborder Cooperation", and "replace it, when possible, .. with an Original Form" of a new legal entity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Citizens' oriented measures include to facilitate "acces to Health", "Mobile Phones", "Transborder Workers"', "School exchanges", etc., and other measures interesting Citizens, as f.ex. the creation of "Common Hospitals or Rescue centers", etc. Already, an agreement on "Urgent Medical Care" will be signed on February 10.

As "Economic Capital" of one of EU's most performant areas, known as "Ober-Rhein Metropolitan Region" ("superior Rhine" area), Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "should also develop its role of European Cultural and Political Capital, Symbol of Franco-German entente and of a Democratic Europe", Experts' Report concludes.

This goes well beyond developping Bi-linguism, transbrorder Training and "systematic" rapprochment of both Cultures (in Cinema, Theater, Music, etc).

It adds a progressive transfert in EuroDistrict of "elements of the Franco-German Brigade", close to "EuroCorps" Headquarters, and culminates with the promotion of European institutions (see above).

The Report also proposes to launch an "initiative" for "EU Parliament's unique Headquarters", developing Strasbourg's attractiveness vis-a-vis MEPs and staff.

It also includes the development of "a Research and Higher Education pole", among French, German and Swiss partners, "linked with Strabourg's new; Unified University" and "Ortenau's HochSchulen"

It's not a coincidence that this same week was inaugurated Strasbourg's Unified University : - "UniStra" becomes the Biggest in France, (with more than 42.000 students, 5.200 staff, a brand new "European Doctoral College", some 100 Research centers, and a Capital of more than 400 million €  from the State), aiming to create closer links with nearby German and Swiss Universities, fex. Karlsruhe, Fribourg, Stutgard, Bale, etc, as French Minister for Scientific Research and Higher Education, Valerie PECRESSE advised.

(See other, related News, already sent to interested "EuroFora"s subscribers and donors, which will be also posted at the Website asap).

Last but not least :  Non-believers should meditate on the fact that all this was symbolically made in the same Strasbourg Historic Town Hall's room where even the establishement of Council of Europe was decided, 60 years back in 1949...

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