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After EU Parliament's Call to Drop Accession Nightmare, EU Summit eyes Cooperative Link with Turkey

Written by ACM
Thursday, 24 June 2021

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- Just 1 Month After an Exceptional Quasi-Unanimity of MEPs Voted earlier, in EU Parliament on May, in favor of Droping Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, in order to Explore anOther Kind of possible Relationship, but Not an Accession, Unless there was soon a Big Positive Change in its Negative Behavior (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mepsagainstturkisheubid.html, etc), the subsequent EU Heads of State/Government Summit in Brussels, ToNight, Adopted Official Conclusions on Turkey Focusing on a Possible and Conditional "Cooperative Relationship".

For that purpose, the June 2021 EU Summit simply Reminded Today its March 2021 Decision to be 'Ready to Engage with Turkey... in Cooperation, in a number of Areas of Common Interest".    

But this is "subject to ...Conditionalities", "established" and "set out in March" 2021 "and  in Previous" EU Summits. Most Important, it will be done "in a Phased, Proportionate and Reversible manner", EU Leaders Warned Turkey...

"in line with this Framework", the EU Summit "Noted", inter alia, also "the Modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union", for which "Work at Technical level" has "Started". But it "Needs to Affress current Diofficulties", particularly by "Ensuring its effective Application to All (EU) Member States", i.e. Including Cyprus. Moreover, it also needs "such a Mandate" that "May be Adopted by the (EU) Council", (i.e. the competent Ministers), "subject to Additional Guidance by the European Council", (i.e. the Heads of State/Government").

+ "Also", "for High Level Dialogues with Turkey, on Issues of Mutual Interest, such as Migration, Public Health, Climate, Counter-Terrorim, and Regional Issues (?)", a "Preparatory Work" is simply noted.

++ The EU Summit, also accepted anew "the Financing for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities". But, for that purpose,  the EU "Commission" needs "to put forward, withOut Delay, formal Proposals for (its) continuation". Moreover, this Concerns Not Only "Turkey", But Also "Jordan, Lebanon, and Other Parts of the Region", ...withIn the Context of the EU's Overall Migration Policy", the Heads of State/Government stress, ...(withOut even Mentioning at all the infamous Turkish "Blackmail" of 2016, i.e. When Europe was Strangled by a "Tsunami" of 1,5 Million of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants Tresspassing into the EU via Turkish Smugglers, and Deadly Islamist Terrorism by Cowards Targetting Innocent Civilian People).

>>> On the persisting Turkish Military Invasion/Occupation of EU Member Cyprus' Northern Territories, and recent Warships' Bullying against its Energy Resources, the EU Summit practicaly Slams Ankara's Recent (April 2021) Rejection of Many UN SC Resolutions for the ReUnification of Cyprus, and its Provocative Demand for "2 sovereign States", Dangerously Fuelling Secessionism inside the EU, by Stressing that "it (EU) Remains Fully Committed to the Comprehensive Settlement of the Cyprus' Problem, on the Basis of a BiCommunal, BiZonal Federation, with Political Equality, in Accordance with the relevant UNSC Resolutions". It Also Ensures that "the EU will lContinue to Play a Role in Supporting the Process" for a Peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus "Under the Auspices of the UN", and "Regrets that the informal Meeting in Geneva (on April 2021) did Not pave the Way for a Resumption of formal Negotiations". Meanwhile, the EU Leaders Also "Underline the Importance of the Status of Varosha (Famagusta : the Occupied City-"Phantom", Emptied from its Lawfull Inhabitants, mainly Greec Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians, etc, Since the Turkish Invasion), and Calls for full Respect of UN SC Resolutions, in particular Resolutions 550, 789, and 1251", as a Stern Reply to various Turkish Provocations there Lately.

=> Moreover, the EU Leaders Denounce, as "Major SetBacks for Human Rights", "Run(ning) Counter to Turkey's Obligations to Respect Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Womens' Rights", particularly "the Targeting of Political Parties, Human Rights' Defenders, and Medias" there. "Such Issues remain ... an Integral Part of the EU - Turkey Relationship", via relevant "Dialogue", they Remind.     

+++ Last, bnut not least, the EU Summit "Expects Turkey and all actors, to Contribute Positively to the ReSolution of Regional Crises", since  there is a "Shared Interest of the EU and Turkey" for  "Regional Peace and Stability".

Moreover, it exists an "EU's Strategic Interest in a Stable and Secure Environment in the Eastern Mediterranean", where the EU "Welcomes the De-Escalation" during Recent Months, (i.e. a Short and Precarious Withdrawal of Turkish WarShips' Provocations and Threats, Against EU Members' Cyprus and Greece's Energy Resources' potential, just at the Eve of this June 2021 EU Summit). But Stresses that this "Needs to be Sustained" much Further...

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>>> However, the First Turkey's Reaction, Immediately After this EU Summit, was for its Puppet in Cyprus' Territories Occupied by Ankara's Army, Turkish Cypriot Community Chief, Mr. Tartar, to Provocatively Announce his Intention to Go to Brussels Tomorrow, Friday, 25 June 2021, (i.e. 2nd Day of the European Council), in order to Slam UN Secretary General's Criticism of Turkey's recent Demand for "2 Sovereign States in Cyprus", which Blocked the Geneva Talks, Throwing to the Waste Basket many UN Security Council's relevant Resolutions for the ReUnification of the Island, and Contrary to the Crystal-clear and Stable Position of Europe (Comp. Supra), by Claiming that he would "Show him How to Square the Circle" (Sic !)....

Such a Move, Added to the recently Announced Erdogan's trip to the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, reportedly due to Deal also with Ghost-City Famagusta (Varosha), Mentioned at EU Council's Conclusions (Comp. Supra),

=> All this, Obviously, might Not Help, so much, for a Summer-Time Spirit of "DesEscalation", as the European Leaders stressed that they wish (Comp. Supra)...

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+ But UE Leaders, once again, Immediately After Discussing on Turkey, chose to continue Dealing with anOther Neighbouring Country : Russia, where they Used anew Terms such as : "Selective Engagement with", "Dialogue with", "Partnership", "Association", "Cooperation with", etc.
This "Includes" Both "Conditionalities and Leverages". EU Council is due to "Explore" the adequate "Formats".


Relevant "Topics" could be, for Russia, f.ex. "Climate, Environment, Health, Selective Issues of Foreign and Security Policy, Multilateral Issues such as the ICPoA, Syria and Libya", added to "People to People Contacts", Support to Civil Society, Human Righs Organisations and Independent Media", etc. (Curiously, Space Tech. was Absent)...   
But, Russia is Accused for "Malin, Illegal, and Disruptive activity",  as well as for "Actions against the EU" or "Third Countries", (withOut Specifying), while the EU Council also "Condemns Limitations on Fundemental Freedoms... and the Shrinking Space for Civil Society", etc.    
=> This motivates EUC's Intention for "a Coordinated Response"... "Making Full use of All Instruments at the EU's Disposal", which should seek "Options for Additional Restrictive Measures, Including Economic Sanctions", again... (A Language sometimes seen Against Turkey's Warships' Bullying etc, But which ...Evaporated Afterwards).


In conseqhence, "EU Council Expects the Russian Leadership to Demonstrate a more Constructive engagement and Political Commitment", while also it "Calls on Russia to Fully assume its Responsibilities in ensuring a Full Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, as The Key Condition for a Change in the EU's Stance", (consisting mainly of Numerous Economic Sanctions).


However, it's well known that it was, Recently, Kiev's Ukranian Authorities, who, reportedly, Asked to Bypass those Minsk Agreements, (a Hasty Compromise, set up in Urgency in the Past, mainly in order to Stop a 2nd Victorious Counter-Attack in the Dobass by the Pro-Autonomy, Russian-Speaking Regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which risked to Take over Even the Strategic City of Mariupol).


In Fact, whoever has seriously Examined what Realy Happened, knows that the Ukranian Conflict of 2014, was Provoked by a Non-European, Exernal Interference, (as even the Chinese observed), in order to Divide and Weaken De Gaule's "Great Europe", (particularly, Through those infamous Deadly "Snipers" who, Curiously, Shot against Both Demonstrators and Policemen at Kiev's Maidan square, in order to Provoke a Violent Conflict and Tople, via a "Putch"-like Brutal Reaction, a Peace Agreement, that had just been reached Between the then Ukranian President Janukovic and All the Opposition's Leaders, under the Auspices of 3 EU Foreign Ministers from Germany, France and Poland, for a Truce, with General Amnesty, a National Unity Government, and Presidential Elections before the End of that Year).


=> Apparently, to put it Mildly, some currently in the EU Top Jobs ...doN't Want for Europe to Reach Planet Mars ! (Contrary to what had been Agreed and Scheduled, in Coopertation with Russia, Already Since 2010, for the 2020ies, i.e. Now... On the Contrary, it's just China who Succeeded to do so, Nowadays - May 2021, and Now They reportedly Prepare, in Cooperation with Russia, even a Joint Lunar Base !)...


Compared to that, (and Much More, in Fact), it Obviously is Not at all Worthwhile, (Neither Glorious for a Realy Developed, Conscious, and Rightfuly Proud Europe), to eventualy Expect some Low Profits from a Part in Selling Low-Tech. Merchandises fabricated by Over-Exploited Syrian, Iraqi or Afgan etc. Refugees, Paid by the EU, to the Benefit of Turkey, which Notoriously gets from EU Commission 3 Billions € Each Year, as Full Grants 100%, (while Ankara has Both Provoked such Displacements of Populations, by Notoriously Helping Deadly Islamist Terrorists to Attack Neighbouring Syria and Iraq, before Openly Invading these Countries even by its own Troops, and has Already ill-treated, initialy in Prison-like "Camps", etc., many such Refugees, as well as Over-Exploited them, to Serve its Selfish Interests, Afterwards, in a Manifold way : First as Low-Salary Workers, when they arrive; Later as Political Threat to Massively Tresspass into the EU ; and Afterwards as Pretext to get EU Funds in full Grants}...


As for Even More EU "Sanctions" on Rusia, (Comp. Supra), while Turkey Stil Escapes with  None, (ibid), it Certainly isN't a Short, Precarious, and InComplete Interruption of Turkish WarShip's Bullying that might Justify such a Big Difference of Treatment by the EU, since Turkey's threat obviously Persists to Block the Peaceful Exploitation and Development of EU Members Cyprus and Greece's Energy Resources Potential, (Together with Friendly and Cooperating Neigbour Countries Egypt, Israel, etc), while, in Addition, the Huge Problems of Human Rights' and Democracy Violations inside Turkey, added to Ankara's even Greater Recent Provocations Against a Peaceful Resolution of Cyprus' problem according to UNSC Resolutions asking for the Island's reUnification, and the Boost given by Turkey to a Secessionism, Obviously Dangerous for All Europe itself, naturaly Deserve, at last, some real EU Sanctions there, as longtimes promised...


=> Otherwise, such an InEquality of Treatment between Russia and Turkey, will inevitably Raise Questions on Who really Influences the Government of the EU Nowadays, and in order to Serve Which real Interests ?

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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