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EU Defence Rapporteur (f. Minister) Paet to Eurofora : Space Tech Important for Autonomy

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25.10.17
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Rapporteur on the European Defence Union, experienced former Foreign Minister of Estonia, who currently Chairs the EU for the period of July - December 2017, Liberal MEP Urmas Paet, replying to an "Eurofora"s Question, confirmed the "Importance" of "Space" High-Tech for the Future Security of Europe.



- "Eurofora" observed the Fact that an EADS' Senior Official, former General, had told us that "Early Warning" Space Technology would be among the main Needs for a possible Autonomy of a European Defence policy.



Already in the Past, when, f.ex., big EU Countries (including mainly France, but also Germany and several others) got a UN Mandate for a succesful International Peace-Keeping operation between Israel and Lebanon, it was the US which had initially Offered to lend its Space Monitoring capabiities to its European Partners, we reminded, among others, asking Paet his view about such matters.



- "Indeed, Space Technologies will be very Important, for the European Defence", positively Replied the competent EU Parliament's Rapporteur to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question.



 - "However", due attention must also be given to the fact that "Space Tech. are, often, quite Expensive", he Carefully added.



 - Paets had earlier Advised, as a matter of General Principle, for All relevant EU Military and/or "Dual Technologies" Industries to avoid eventual excessive risks on the available EU Budgets.



- But, the Fact that EU has just Decided to set up, for the 1st Time in History, a European "Fund" for its own Defence policy Needs, is due to certainly Help Boost Europe's Security in the foreseeable Future, because it will contribute a Concrete and Practical, Permanent New Mechanism continuously working for that purpose, he also observed.



Notoriously, moreover, the USA has traditionaly used  its own Defence Commands to Big Industry also in order to, selectively, Boost High-Tech Innovations, often beneficial even for the development of subsequent Civil industrial applications helping the overall Economy.



- Both for this, and other practical reasons, the EU Parliament's competent Rapporteur expressed clear Optimism that, "for the 1st Time in History", after too Long Delays and/or Postponements in the Past, EU is Now expected to Mark some Real Advances ahead in the Creation of autonomous European Defence capabilities, from the coming years.



- But, it's going to be a long, unfolding Process, until it would be Completely achieved, Paet also warned, inviting for both Optimism and Voluntarism in the foreseeable Future.

 

- He, however, agreed that it might  not yet be adequate to speak about "Strategic Autonomy" for EU Defence, in order to avoid deceptions or provocations, since that would require much more Time and Political Decisions, later-on.

 

 - In this regard, EU Parliament's Rapporteur appeared enclined to consider another, more adequate term, for now, as. f.ex., that of "Operational Autonomy", recently used also by new French President Emmanuel Macron, etc., which could be, at least for the moment, both more realistic and flexible, able to move on further asap.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 


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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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