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Cyprus President+CoE Chair Anastasiades to EF: New USA Leadership to be Briefed on UN Peace Efforts

Written by ACM
Dienstag, 24 Januar 2017

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Member Cyprus' President, and current Chairman of the 47 Member States-strong, PanEuropean CoE's Organisation (which includes Russia), ChristianDemocrat/EPP (Center-Right) Experienced Top Politician, Nicos Anastassiades, speaking to "Eurofora", during his Official Visit to Strasbourg, where he is Invited to Address CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), declared his Intention to get in touch, the soonest possible, with the New US President Don Trump's incoming North American Administration (2017-2021), also in order to exchange views on the recently Enhanced and still on-going Efforts to Solve the Cyprus' Issue and ReUnify Peacefully the Strategic Island, for more Stability in that >Historic Civilisational Crossroads of 3 Continents and Suez Channel, which has recent also Findings of Promissing Oil/Gas Natural under Sea Resources, in Cooperation with Israel, Egypt, Greece, and the rest of the EU.


- "Yes, Naturaly", President Anastasiades Positively reacted from the outset to "Eurifora"s above-mentioned Question.


- "We even have a Duty to do so !", the Experienced Cyprus' Top Politician, and currently Chair of the PanEuropean CoE, clearly Stressed.


- "And it will be done", in one way or another, he Firmly Promissed, in conclusion.


Anastasiades, who has recently Spoken anew with New UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is aware that she intends to Meet with Trump in the USA on Thursday, January 26, a Crucial Day also for the Preparation of UNO's Next Moves on Cyprus, (and it was Later published that May would also Travel to Turkey, immediately Aftarwards, while she might, probably, also have Contacts with Greece, etc).


May, who is on Record in mainstream Brittish Newspapers for having been clearly Opposed to Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, (notoriously one of the main Reasons for Brittish People to Vote for "BREXIT", fuelled particularly by Nigel Farage's landmark "NO to Turkey's Accession into the EU", already since 1979, when he Multiplied the Number of UKIP's MEPs at EU Parliament, just after meeting there with "Eurofora"s co-Founder, up to that 2016 Euro-Refererendum, included, where Turkey and Other Mass Migration Issues Figured High in the Public Debate).
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But, Experienced Cyprus' Foreign Minister Ioanis Kasulides, speaking also to "Eurofora" Yesterday at the CoE in Strasbourg, (See: .....), has Warned that the Incoming, New US President Don Trump's Administration, would "Need some Time" in order "to Take Over" and "Prepare" itself on Cyprus' issue, so that we should "Wait", still, a bit Longer.

Facts show  that he guessed even more Right than he thought :

+ New UNO Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, recently Declared, at Nearby Geneva, on Middle-January 2017, that the New York-Headquartered International Organisation does Not Advise any kind of "Quick-Fix" for Cyprus, but clearlmy Prefers a Really Viable and Functional Solution, able to bring more Stability in that Delicate but Strategic Region.


Meanwhile, in North America, New US President Trump's nominated Ambassador to the UN, South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, is due to be Definitively Confirmated by the Senate officialy later ToNight.


Thus, it was "Chargé d' Affaires ad Interim", Ambassador Michele Sison, (appointed at N.Y. on 2014) who had to attend Yesterday's (Monday's) Hearing, by UNO's Security Council, of UN SG Cyprus Envoy, Espen Barth Eide's, and UNFICYP Head, Elizabeth Spahar's Briefing on the latest Developments about the Geneva Cyprus Talks and the Beginning of the Multilateral Conference in Switzerland.


The Out-Going Obama Administration had, indeed, curiously rushed to Schedule almost all UNSC foreseable Moves on the 42-Years Old Cyprus Problem (1974-2017) in such a way that the Chosen Dates clearly Threatened to Exclude the New, Don Trump's US Administration from having really the necessary Time in order to take over on the Delicate and Complex Issue of UN's role on Cyprus, (until recently closely Monitored, reportedly, by Obama's former Under Secretary of State, V. Nuland) :


F.ex.: Draft UN Report on UNFICYP : To Present from January 6. Geneva Talks + Multilateral Conference from 9 - 15 January, (in fact: Postponed already since Jan.12, mainly because of an alleged Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglou's move). Initialy Scheduled UN SC Briefing by Spehar : January 20 (i.e., precisely on New US President Trump's notorious "Inauguration" Day : an Exceptional Event, followed allover the USA and even from Abroad ! Even if Spehar's Hearing was, later-on, Postponed just for Monday, 23 January, it was Not Enough)... Eide's UNSC Hearing : January 23. (With Both Tillerson's and Haley's Senate Confirmations notoriously Delayed by a Minority of the Dems' Party of Out-Going Obama's Administration!).


So that, Now remains Only the UNSC Vote on UNFICYP Resolution, scheduled just a few Days later, during This same Week : January 26, (i.e. on Thursday) :  When also various Political Contacts had been Scheduled, in order to Prepare and Decide on UNO's Next Moves about Cyprus, and particularly on the International/Multilateral Political Conference, due to Re-Start in Switzerland, at Any Moment now !...
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But, New US President Don Trump's nominated for New State Secretary, Rex Tillersson, was just Confirmated by a Key Senate Panel (its Foreign Affairs Committee) Yesterday, Monday 23 January, (i.e., almost at the Same Time as the Eide + Spehar Briefing at the UNSC on Cyprus !).
+ And the Minority from Out-Going Barack Obama's own Party of Dems, ("Socialists" in Europe), Still is, reportedly, "Slowing Down" Tillerson's Confirmation process' Final Conclusion, probably Pushing it for a Plenary Senate Session's Vote, eventualy "Next Week"  : i.e. somewhere From - or even After - January 30 !...


However, Tillerson is expected to Visit Europe on mid-February 2017, at Nearby Bonn (Germany), for a G 20 Foreign Ministers meeting there.s
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So that the matter seems practicaly pushed towards UN SC rotating Chair by the Government of Ukraine (i.e. February 2017),
... on which, by a Timely Coincidence, Newly Elected CoE PanEuropean Assembly's vice-President Loucaides, a Top MEP from Cyprus, is due to Chair a Delicate Debate and Vote on a PACE's Report and Draft Resolution about "The Functioning  of Democratic Institutions in Ukraine", scheduled for Tomorrow, Wednesday 25, in Strasbourg^....
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The UK takes over in UNO's SC on March, and USA on April 2017.
2 Months Afterwards, follows China on July, with Al-Sisi's, Cyprus-Friendly Egypt on August, so that EU-Member States' France, follows on October 2017, (another UN SC Permanent Member, at That Time with a Brand New Government, after the May - June 2017 French Presidential and National Elections), almost Together with Italy, on November 2017, (probably also with a New Government)....


By the way : All those 3 European, Former Colonial Powers, had Governed Cyprus' Strategic Island in the Past : In Addition to the UK, the nearest : 19th-20th Century, also Italy, via Historic "Venice"'s former Maritime sEmpire: 1-2 Centuries, and France : Longer than Everyone else, during More than 4 Centuries, (in Medieval Times)...
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>>> Meanwhile, Anastasiades presented at CoE's Assembly Today, and Discussed with various MEPs, from All Political Horizons, and various European Countries, a very Useful, (also for a Briefing of the New US Administration : Comp. Supra), UpDated andComprehensive Overview of Main Recent Developments on the still on-going UNO-sponsored Inter-Communal Talks and a Multilateral Political Conference which has just Started on January 2017 for the Solution of Cyprus' Issue, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport, at : ...).

 

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He also Reminded PanEuropean CoE Assembly's Resolutions on Cyprus, particularly in accordance with ECHR's Judgements, on several Key Issues, including, inter alia, also on "the Supreme Humanitarian Issue of MISSING Persons from the Tragedy", the Displaced People, (i.e. mainly Greek Cypriots still Hindered by Turkey's Army to Return Back to their Family Homes and Ancestral Land, usurpated private Properties, etc), the "Destruction of (Cyprus') Cultural Heritage", (Both from Ancient Civilisation times, and mainly from Christian Churches, notoriously Occupied by Turkey's Invasion and Occupation Military, Emptied from their Faithful People, Abandoned in Ruins and/or Looted, more or less Destroyed, Transformed into Islamic Mosques, Cafés, Haggars, etc.), but also on "the Demographic Alteration of the Population in the Territories Occupied by Turkey", (by a Massive Influx of irregular Foreign Settlers from mainland Turkey, that some push, until recently, to provide with a Kind of Massive ... "Amnesty" of Irregulars, as that which was clearly Rejected by the American People who have just Voted for Don Trump).

 

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Cyprus' President made it also clear that, recently, there was some notable "Progress" towards a Solution of the Political Cyprus Issue, and "Eurofora"'s co-Founder, indeed, after 27 Years of Experience in closely Following the Cyprus' Issur (1990-2017), and even Most Top Level UN-Sponsored Political Negotiations, since Montreux/Glyon at nearby Switzerland (1997-2017), personaly saw for the 1st Time in recent History, so Friendly Relations between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, as nowadays.

 

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However, Anastassiades acknowledged the Fact, that several UnSolved yet Matters still await for Compromises, Political Agreements, Legal Principles and/or Human Rights' respect, as well as of International Law, etc., while, the Main remaining Problems are obviously linked with Turkey's Military Occupation and Interventionist claims.


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But, shortly before the Recent Geneva round starts on UN sponsored Talks to prepare a Solution on the Cyprus' Issue, European Countries' main Concerns appeared to be also Elsewhere :


F.ex: Top Mainstream German Media "Die Welt", has already Warned, with a Frontpage Big Headlines' Article, published just  Before the Beginning of Geneva Cyprus Conference, a Strong and Clear Denonciation of the "Risk for Erdogan to get a VETO Power inside the EU"'s Decision-Making process, by Exploiting that through the Turkish Cypriot Minority.


+ Open Questions, indeed, still remain, particularly on a "Rotating Presidency" Claim, (between the 18% Turkish Cypriot Minority, until the Invasion/Occupation by Ankara's Military, and the 72% Majority of Greek Cypriots, ibid), and/or on various VETO Powers to a Less than 20% Minority, even for General Issues Not Specific to its own affairs.
However, Anastassiades, Questioned by a MEP, Prefered Better Not to Discuss in Public so delicate Issues which should be Presented First on the Negotiations' Table.
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+ Today Noon in Strasbourg, during an Official CoE Ceremony for the Commemoration of the Victims of the "Holocaust" ("Shoa"), by the NAZI regime, during the 2nd World War, Cyprus President Anastassiades, together with Romanian President Johannes, CoE SG Jagland, CoE Assembly President Agramunt, Israel's Ambassador in France, and Other Representatives, remained for a Long Time under the Snow, in the Cold : He even was one of the very Few, if not even alone, to dare Keep his Hands ALL this Long Time open and Uncovered in the Cold, Freezing Atmosphere, (while even Younger People wore Gloves, or had Hidden their Hands in their Pockets, Jackets, etc, Some even Running to ReturnBack inside CoE's Building...

 

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=> When "Eurofora", later this Evening, during an Other Event, asked Anastasiades why and how he managed to Keep alone his Hands alwats Out In that Freezing Cold, he Smiled, but didn't yet say what he was really Thinking of: Perhaps to all those Tragicaly "MISSING" Greek Cypriot a.o. People ?... And/or to his own Responsibilities in the Efforts to ReUnify the Country ? Or Both ?...

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+ Meaznwhile, CoE's Secretary General Jagland, earlier Thanked the Cyprud President for his Initiative to Support a Program, during the Cyprus' CoE Chairmanship, due to Help Victims of Terrorism, particularly after the Recent Islamist Terrorist Deadly Attacks Targetting Innocent Civilian People even inside Europe and in the USA, etc.
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 ---------+ By a "Coincidence", even the ISIS-inspired Washington (State) rifle Killer of 5  Women, mainly Elders, was of Turkish Origin, and had been Given also US Nationality under Barack Hussein Obama/Hillary Clinton, had already Profited to Vote 3 or 4 Times, and on 2016 he Called to "Vote Hillary" !...


++ Moreover, Recently, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was cowardly Murdered,  Shot behind his Back, by a Turkish Policeman, who had reportedly protected at least 8 Times the current President of Turkey, Tayip Erdogan, and had even been admitted to bid for a Job in Erdogan's personal Presidential Guard.


+++ The Greatest Number of Foreign "Jihadist" Fighters to/from ISIL Terrorists and Other Islamist Extremist Armed Gangs have Notoriously Transited through Turkey to/from its Borders to Syria and/or Iraq, where Most Islamist Terrorists are gathered. This includes even several among ISIL's Killers who Targetted Hundreds of Innocent and Defenseless Civilian People in France, (f.ex. in Paris' November 2015 "Bataclan" a.o. Attacks), Germany (Summer - Autumn 2016+, including Near Strasbourg), etc.


++++ Investigators have reportedly found, according to Mainstream Press, that the Arm Trafficker whohad equiped with Weapons already the "Charlie Hebdo" ISIL Killers, would be a Turkish Migrant living at Charlerois, around Brussels, in Belgium, (who would have given them Deadly Weapons in exchange of Gulibaly GirlFriend's Car, etc).


+++++ Many Fake "EU Passports", transported Through Turkey towards Syria, suspected to be Destinated to ISIL Terrorists, were Found Hidden inside ...Pizzas, reportedly prepared by Turkish Migrants in Belgium, (according also to Mainstream German Media, including, particularly "Die Welt", but also "Die Zeit", "Bild", "Spiegel, etc).


+++++++  Last, but not least, Money, Weapons, a.o. systematic Logistic Support for Islamic State's a.o. Bloody Terorists, notoriously use to Flow during Many Years through Turkey, (as Reminded also, Last Weekin Strasbourg a Dissident Turkish Journalist, Persecuted and Jailed, before being obliged to Flee to Europe as Political Refugee, Cem Dundar, who had Published a Reportage revealing Trucks loaded with <Deadly Rockets and other Heavy Weapons, ready to Cross the Turkish Borders and be Distributed to Islamist Terrorists Headquartered in Syria/Iraq....

 

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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