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CoE Official points at Report citting EU-CoE Coop. versus Turkish Blockade of ECHR rulings Execution

Written by ACM
Thursday, 21 January 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE Assembly's Experienced CEO, Wojciech Sawicki, speaking to "Eurofora" a.o. Journalists Invited to the Video-Press Briefing on the forthcoming 1st 2021 Plenary Session (25-28 January) of the PanEuropean, 47 Member Countries-strong (Russia included) Parliamentary body, under German Chairmanship (November 2020 - May 2021), Pointed to the Importance of a New Report on ECHR Judgements' Execution, which might Hold a "Key" on Solving the Deleterious for Basic Human Rights Problem of Turkey's stubborn Refusal to Implement ECHR's Judgements Condemning her on particularly "Hot" Issues, such as Cyprus' "Missing" People and Refugees from the Occupied Territories of the Island, even More than 45 Years since the 1974 Foreign Military Invasion by Ankara's Army, still Persisting at this Strategic EU Island until Nowadays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Contrary to what has already happened in Other Areas of the World, including Even Latin America, etc., and Despite ECHR's Crystal-Clear Case Law, Nobody has yet been Found and Punished among those Responsible for Tragic Dramas inflicted by Turkey among more than 1.500+ Greek Cypriot "Missing" People and their Families, while Many ECHR's Judgements Condemning Turkey for blatant Violations of Cyprus' Refugees/Displaced People's Rights to their Family Homes and Properties, Still Remain Scandalously UnImplemented, withOut Restitutions, not even Full Indemnisation, (but Only 1 Partial Exception dating from 2004, made in Exchange of a Political Concession by the EU, then).

    But a New CoE Report's Recent "Addendum" on ECHR Judgements' Implementation might hold a "Key" in UnLocking Turkey's Stubborn Obstruction at "Hot" Human Rights Issues, such as "Missing" People or Refugees from Cyprus' Invaded and Occupied Territories still held by Ankara's Foreign Army.

    - Despite some Pressure to Stop PACE's Tradition for such Regular Reports, Public Debates and Resolutions voted by MEPs, on ECHR Judgements' Execution, Nevertheless, -"We (CoE's Assembly) Insist" to Continue doing so, Firmly Stressed the Experienced CoE's Senior Official, since this Obviously Allows to Openly Denounce various eventual Wrong-doings, Propose and/or Promote Alternative Solutions, Call for possible Sanctions against Too much Recalcitrant States, (as, particularly, Turkey, a.o.), etc, Instead of merely Swiping it all Under the Carpet...

    => In this case, the Latest "Addendum" to the bi-Annual PACE Report on ECHR Judgements' Application, Drafted by Cypriot MEP Eftymiou (an Atypical "Socialist"), indeed, contains a very Interesting Hypothesis :

    - In order to Overcome Turkey's Stubborn Refusal to Pay Any Financial Indemnisation of Greek Cypriot Refugees for the Persisting Usurpation of their Belongings at the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, a Refugee lodged a Legal Complaint allowing him, as well as other Victims, to seize an equivalent amount from EU Funds earmarked for Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU "Accession" bid...

 => After an Initial EU Commission's Refusal, that Case, originaly known as "Ramon v. Turkey", Recently came at EU's ECJ at nearby Luxembourg, where it's now Pending.

  It practicaly means that, Now, ECJ holds a "Key" able to UnBlock a Previously Deadlocked and Scandalous Situation, where Turkey was Refusing for Many Years to Implement ECHR's Judgements on Refugees' Homes and Properies, or "Missing" Persons' Families, etc., (Comp. Supra), withOut leaving, Until Now, Any Other Alternative to the CoE's Committee of Ministers, responsible for overseing ECHR Judgements' Execution, but Only an inevitably ..."Majochistic" Repetition of purely Verbative CoE's "Calls" upon Ankara to, at last, Honour its Commitments, with Turkey Always Refusing to do so, during too Many Years, withOut Any Sanction Yet... (See, f.ex., at: .., etc).

In Other Words, from now on, EU-CoE Cooperation Can Solve a serious Problem about ECHR Judgements' Respect by Turkey, which had Ridiculized recently the PanEuropean Mechanism for the protection of Human Rights.

 Significant of the Importance that PACE currently Gives to that New Report for ECHR Judgements' Execution is also the Fact that it was the 1st Report citted at Today's Video-Press Briefing on the forthcoming 1st PACE Plenary Session for 2021, and is also Scheduled to be the 1st CoE's Report due to get Debated and Voted, Next Week, Starting from Tuesday, Jan. 26...

 


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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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"Hot" Debate at EU Parliament reveals CHANGE of mood towards "Suspension" of EU - Tukey talks.
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    Earlier this week, many MEPs, and even some of those who were previously in favor of Turkey's controversial EU bid, strongly criticized the persistance and even aggravation of serious Human Rights violations in the country, that ECHR continues to "unanimously" condemn ":

      - "After winning a big victory in the latest Local Elections, the pro-Kurdish party DTP almost doubled its Elected Mayors from 52 to 98", but afterwards "more than 400 politicians were thrown to Prison and prosecuted" by the Turkish Authorities, denounced on behalf of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Belgian MEP Frieda Brepoels.

     At the same time, "more than 1.500 Children are closed in Turkish Prisons", she added. "What will the EU Commission do" against these facts ?

- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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