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EU Parliament's EPP Group's President Weber to Eurofora on EU Security-Defense and Cyprus' issue

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Biggest Group of MEPs' President, Manfred Weber, that of EPP, from the Governing ChristianDemocrat Party in Germany, speaking Today to "Eurofora", appeared Upbeat on EU's Security/Defense policy perspectives, including in relation to its possible contribution in the Peaceful ReUnification of EU Member Cyprus, under UN auspices, which might be Soon discussed at a Multilateral Top level Conference at nearby Geneva, (See Infra).  - "There is really a Momentum" on that Now, President Weber Positively replied to an "Eurofora" Question about whether he believed feasible for an Effective "Push" on CFSP to be accomplished "between June and December 2017" EU Summits.


 Topicaly, EU Parliament's ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group President, Topicaly spoke to "Eurofora" at the Eve of Wednesday's forthcoming Plenary Debate of MEPs on Next Week's EU Summit in Brussels, 22-23 June 2017.


  A particularly Interesting, Concrete case in which EU's Security/Defence Policy might, eventualy, make a useful Contribution for Peace, Stability and Development in and around Europe, is also that of Cyprus' peaceful ReUnification process, which had been practicaly stalled, since January, mainly because of Turkey's insistant Claim for a Right to Unilateral Military Intervention even in the Future, added to the maintenance of Ankara's Troops at the Island, (which, in case of Agreement, will become Entirely, 100% integrated as EU Member State, including its currently semi-Occupied Northern Territories) :


  - Could, there, EU's emerging Security/Defense capabiliies, in Cooperation with the UNO, perhaps Find an Imaginative way to ensure Security both to Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, in the foreseable Future ?, "Eurofora" asked.


 - "I think that it should be part of the Negotiations" under UN Auspices and with EU Participation at Geneva's Multilateral High-Level Conference, (which could resume on June 28, if sufficient preparations are made at Bilateral Talks in Cyprus, until then) President Weber Replied to "Eurofora".


  - "Yes, Absolutely !", agreed also Weber on the possibility for Cyprus' ReUnification to be "one of the First Tasks" for the imminent development of EU's Security/Defense policy, particularly in Helping Guarantee Stability up to EU's Neighborhood.

+ "Thank you for making me Aware, about this", he kindly concluded on this Topical point, speaking to "Eurofora" with a smile, just before his imminent visit to Greece, later this week.


Interestingly, Weber's forthcoming move in that area practicaly coincides also with a new Trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece and Israel, in which will participate President Anastasiades and Prime Ministers Tsipras and Netanyahou, respectively, as well as their Foreign Ministers, in Athens, where the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group's President is due to meet also the Main National Opposition's Leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Head of "New Democracy" Party, (Comp., f.ex., recently : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/anticorruptionproeugreekformerprieministerdies.html , and from the latest Mitsotakis' declarations at EPP's Summit in Brussels : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/greekmainoppositionleaderonbrexitukinurope.html).


+ Moreover, Weber spoke with "Eurofora" just before a subsequent Debate with EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, Later this Evening, at the Beginning of EPP Group's collective Meeting in EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


Juncker has just Returned back from a Special High-level European Conference in Prague, (Czech Republic), precisely Focused on EU's CFSP. and will also lead MEP's Debate, Tomorrow Morning in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, about the current perspectives of the forthcoming EU Heads of State/Government in Brussels Next Week, (Comp. Supra). However, Questioned Briefly by "Eurofora", Later on this same Evening, Juncker, exceptionaly, didN't seem fixed on whether he might personaly participate in an eventual UN-sponsored Multilateral High-Level Conference on Cyprus in Geneva, (Comp. Supra), as he had already done on January 2017, at least not for the Time being.


Strategicaly located EU Member Cyprus' Top Political Developments have also a Growing Economic Interest for the entire EU, given also the recent Perspectives for even More Oil-Gas Findings in South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea, beween Cyprus, Israel and Egypt, for which the EU is preparing also "East-MED" Pipeline projcet, for Energy Transport Directly into the EU.


Questioned by "Eurofora" at Different occasions in the Pest, in Strasbourg and Brussels, French new President Macron, and EU Commission's vice-President competent for Enegry, Sefcovic, found that those Energy-related moves around Cyprus, already "are a Big Chance for All" , and, perhaps, "a Second Norway" Horizon, in the foreseable Future, (respectively : See
http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionersefcoviconcyprusenergy.html). But, independent and Direct, new EU Energy sources, obviously also need an adequat EU Security and Defense policy, to help respect Europe's and its Friends' elementary Rights, (Comp.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mepurgesactiobvturkishthreatsoncyprusenergyrources.html).

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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