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

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 24 January 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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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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