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EU Critical on Erdogan-Pence deal on Syrian Kurds: Surrender ? Turkish Invasion Condemned=>Withdraw!

Written by ACM
Saturday, 19 October 2019

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- European Leaders appeared very Critical on a Controversial Bilateral Deal, between Turkish President Erdogan and US Vice-President Pence on the Syrian Kurdish Region, that some Denounced as "Capitulation".

In the Middle of Crucial Developments on Turkey's Military Invasion/Occupation of the Syrian Kurdish Region, and Turkish WarShips Bullying/Irregular Drilling in Cyprus' EEZ to Block new Energy Supplies Directly to the EU, they pointed mainly towards European Defense and Political Diplomacy, as well as Sanctions, (See Infra).

 

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    While Turkey's WarShips and/or "Pirate" Drillings inside EU Member Cyprus' EEZ are notoriously Bullying against the Development of Strategic Sources of Energy, able to be Directly transfered to the European mainland, and pending the Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of the nearby Syrian Kurdish Region, where it notoriously Killed or Wounded a Growing Number even of Civilian People, Throwing also to the Streets Hundreds of Thousands of New Refugees/Displaced Persons : Issues Both addressed, this Same Day, also by EU Heads of State/Government's Summit in Brussels,  (See : ... + ..., etc).

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    => All this, Obviously points also to the Topical, "Hot" Issue of tiny EU Member State Cyprus "Resistance" to notorious Bullying by Turkey's WarShips and/or illegal Drilling inside Cyprus' EEZ, threatening to Hinder the Island's Sovereign Right to Freely Explore and Develop its Natural Energy Resources at its Seabed, (most probably in close Cooperation with its Neighboring Israel, Egypt, etc., who have also made Important Recent Findings), Opening New Perspectives for Big Energy Sources, Climate-Friendly (Gas has No CO2), Directly transportable to EU's mainland, and even Partly European, (via Cyprus) :

It's precisely on that Topical, Key Matter, that the Latest EU Summit in Brussels has just officially Endorsed, Yesterday, a Decision "on Turkey's illegal Drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean", where it Confirms "Full Solidarity with Cyprus"' "Sovereignity", "in accordance with International Law", and Prepares "Restrictive Measures Targetting Natural and Legal Persons responsible for -or involved in- the illegal Drilling activity of Hydrocarbons" there.

    In Parallel, various Defense Cooperation moves are planned and realized by EU Member Cyprus, also with France and Other European Partners, while, recently, it's even the Neighbouring Lebanese Minister of Defense, (in Addition of those of Israel, Egypt and Greece), who reportedly Acknowledged Cyprus' Right to take Measures in order to Defend its EEZ.

    It's  ..."Resistance for Dignity", that the Syrian Kurds have Named their current Defense Response to Turkey's Military Invasion and Occupation of their North-Eastern Syrian Kurdish Region, which has Already Killed More about 235 Civilian People, (including 22 Children, etc), and Wounded some 667 of them, Destroyed Health and Drinking Water Infrastructures, added to 300.000 Refugees/Displaced People, according to Official Syrian Kurdish sources.

    => So that Yesterday's EU Summit in Brussels, Endorsed an "immediate" "Halt" in "Arms Exports to Turkey", clearly "Condemned" its Military Invasion "in North-East Syria", for Causing "UnAcceptable Human Sufferings", "Undermining the Fight against ISIS" Deadly Islamist Terrorists, and "Threatening Heavily the European Security", and "Urged Turkey to End its Military Action", and "Withdraw its Forces", as well as to "Respect International Humanitarian Law", according to the Official EU Conclusions.

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      + Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, meeting Yesterday with Russia President Vladimir Putin's Envoy, Alexander Lavrentiyev, and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, stressed that "the Syrian People have a Right to Resist ... by All available Means", until "Stopping the Offensive and the Withdrawal of all Turkish and other illegal Forces from all Syrian Territories, since they are Occupation Forces".

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    EU, Nowadays, is Not Dupe of the so-called "Cease Fire" Deal that InExperienced US Vice-President Pence was served, by some Obscure Staffers, when he Hastily Arrived to Ankara, to meet Turkish President Erdogan, about the Turkish Invasion/Ocupation of Syria's Kurdish Region Nowadays :

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     - "This so-called <<Cease-Fire>>, is Not what We (EU) Expected. In Fact, it's Not a Cease-Fire : It's a Demand of CAPITULATION of the Kurds !", strongly Denounced EU Coucncil's President, Donald Tusk, at EU Summit's Concluding Press Conference in Brussels :

 - "I think that we (EU) have to be very Conscious" of what is really going on there, Tusk Urged : =>  In fact, - "We (EU) have to Raise our Call to Turkey to put a Permanent End to its Military Action, Immediately, and to Withdraw its Forces", as well as to "Respect International Humanitarian Law", he Stressed.

 - "And that's, for Sure, Not the Result of (US) Vice-President Pence and (Turkish) President Erdogan (Bilateral) Agreement...", he Critically Regreted.

Indeed, that Controversial almost Provocative Move, (Prepared by some US Diplomatic Staff 1 Day Before UnExperienced US Vice-President Pence's Arrival to Turkey), Obviously, consists into Merely Asking from the Syrian Kurds to Accept ...Everything that Turkey notoriously Wanted from the Start, by Invading their Region, : I.e. to Abandon their Land and Homes, Drop their Arms, and Get Out of Erdogan's Planned 440 Km Long and more than 32 km Deep Zone, all Along the Borders of Syria and Turkey, whose Control, (added also to several ISIS'  Deadly Islamist Terrorists' Detention Camps there), should be left to Ankara's Forces, in a Few Days, for an UnDetermined Period of Time ...

    => So that EU appears, Now, Willing to ...Resist vis a vis Outside Pressure to Accept that so-called Pence - Erdogan controversial Pseudo-"Cease-Fire", in fact a call to Surrender (Comp. Supra) :

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     - "I Share your Indignation !", sharply Replied French President Emmanuel Macron to a relevant Critical Question of a Journalist, during his own Press Conference in Brussels.

    - In fact, "what happened there (in the Syrian Kurdish Region), during these last Days, is a Heavy BLUNDER by the West and NATO !", Macron strongly Denounced.

    - Because, inter alia, "it Weakens our Credibility to Find Partners (against ISIS' Islamist Terrorists, etc) on the spot, and Raises also Questions on the Internal Functioning of NATO : We canNot Pretend that it's Otherwise !", he stressed.

    - In fact, "Turkey" will bear also a "Great Responsibility for its Complicity to  a Possible Revival of  ISIS'" Deadly Islamist Terrorists, Macron Warned.

    => For all those reasons, "Europe Needs a Real Autonomy, of a real European Defense Policy !", the French President firmly underlined.              

    >>> "Otherwise, we (EU) are just Subordinate forces, we are Affected by Changes, SetBacks", he Denounced. "In other wards, Sooner or Later, we (EU) will Not even Exist, No more !"...     

    - But, "I'm Not for Europe being Erased" from the Map of the World, "Neither for France Fading Away", he Refused.                          

    - On the Contrary, "it's anOther Policy that we have Chosen, f.ex. in Africa, and we (EU) Must raise Questions on our Defense and Neighborhood Policies", Macron Urged.

    => Because "that Region and the Middle East have a Strategic Interest for Europe", and "We (EU) have to Build there an Autonomous Capability for Europe to take Action", he Urged.

    + This was also Obvious for an Experienced Collegue from Strasbourg's Local Newspaper "the Latest News of Alsace/DNA", who, initially, Wondered : - "Given all that which is happenning now in Syria, with Turkey, etc., Where is Our (EU's) Defense Policy ?"...

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As for German Chancellor Angie Merkel, in more Diplomatic terms, she Stressed that "it was Good" that EU Leaders "Unanimously Condemned the (Turkish)Military Attack in North Syria, and Urged Turkey to Withdraw its Troops".  

Concerning the controversial "CeaseFire" Bilateraly brokered, just "yesterday", between Turkey and the "US Administration", she appeared Reserved :

- At first, "it Remains to be Seen Whether it might lead to a Settlement of the conflict", or not, Merkel Carefuly pointed out.

+ Moreover, the German Chancellor also pointed at "the (Kurdish) People who (according to that Controversial Deal) are Obliged to Leave their Homes, with their Families and Many Children", as she obviously Regretted, (concerning Turkey's Demand to Evacuate that 450 km Long - 32 km Large "Zone" inside Syria, claimed by Erdogan)       

 + However, (as Also Macron : Comp. Supra), Merkel had also to Face various Critical Press Questions for "Not giving a More Robust Response", "F.ex., at least, by threatening with Economic Sanctions", (while, on the Contrary, Turkish President "Erdogan keeps Threateing the EU to Send even More [Mass] Asylum Seekers, to Enter" Europe, via EU Member Greece, as a Journalist, Critically Pointed Out.  -"Is this the Reason for which (EU's) Hands seem Tied ?", suspected anOther. Because "there is an Impression" that "there is Not so much of EU Action, at this moment". "Perhaps we (EU) Need to ReThink a Common Foreign Policy, and be More Active on this issue ?", he Critically suggested.

 - Chancellor Merkel's Reply was Softly Worded, But, in Fact, more Substantial than expected :

- First of all, EU Leaders' "Position to the Issue of Turkey was Crystal-Clear", she stressed, obviously Pointing at the "Condemnation" of Turkey's Military Attack, and the Call to "End" it immediately, as well as to "Withdraw" its Troops, etc (Comp. Supra).

+ However, ..."an "Active" Foreign Policy is Not Only about "Condemning" something, .. But Also whether it ... "Influences", or not, and "Each of us (28 EU Heads of State/Government) Wlll Do that as well", "trough Direct (Bilateral) Talks", she Added.

=> But, the most Important was that Merkel revealed and pointed towards Recent, Top Level, Political Efforts to Seek a Political Solution for All Syria, which could convince Refugees to Return Back Home, at a "Large Scale" : A New Perspective, that the Current Turkish Militar Invasion and Occupation, has Just Interrupted, as she Denounced :

>>> Indeed, "it's a Pitty, that the current (Turkish) Military Operation, has Brought Back the Political Efforts", pushing them "into the Backroom again", particularly for "a Constitutional Reform in Syria", whee "We have spent very, Very Many Hours, Together with ohers, in particualr the UN Secretary General", Guterres, to Set up a Constitutional Committee for (all) Syria", Merkel Denounced.

  - "This was, Nowadays, basicaly Staffed, and Could Start Working", she revealed, Stressing its Potential Importance : - "For me, this Political Process, is, of course, the Central Pocess", also "in order to Create the Conditions for All the (Syrian) People (i.e. basically Refugees in Europe) to become able to ReConsider, on a Large Scale, to Return Back to Syria. Because We (EU) want a Political Change there", she revealed.

=>  Normaly, "the Focus should be on this, Nowadays. But this has been Kicked Off (Sidelined/Marginalized), at the Moment, by the Other things !", Merkel Denounced,

obviously pointing, indirectly but surely, at the Turkish Military Invasion, including, particularly, at the Murder of New Party "Future Syria"'s SG, Hevrin Khalef, a Dreamer for a Peaceful ReUnification of the Country, reportedly "Trying to Unite Together Arabs, Christians, Kurds", etc..

Her Brutal Killing was, practically, the 1st Incident, immediately after Turkey's Armed Forces Invaded the Syrian Kurdish Region, surprisingly Intruding Even much More Towards the South than officially announced and expected, Reaching the "M4" Highway, More than +32 km, Away from the Turkish Borders, where an "Ambush" had been apparently set up Against that Young Political Leader's Car Convoy, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/turkeyinsyriasanctionsanddamasarmy.html, etc).

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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