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EUParliament Defense Committee Chair Loiseau eyes EU Navy as Turkey WarShips bully Cyprus' Energy

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Monday, July 01, 2019

 

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*Strasbourg/European Parliamentary Association/Angelo Marcopolo/(Partly UPDATED)- Incoming EU Parliament's Security/Defense Committee's President, French former EU Affairs Minister, Natalie Loiseau, during a Debate on the Development of EU's Army with representatives of the Federalist European Movement, hosted by the European Parliamentary Association (EPA) this Evening in Strasbourg, where "Eurofora" had been Invited, stressed, inter alia, also the Practical Importance of the presence of EU Navy around Energy-rich EU-Member Cyprus' Territorial Waters, as Turkey is currently Multiplying various Provocations mainly through Bullying with Warships, (See, among others, also, f.ex; : ...)

Turkey has issued, shortly after the Latest EU Summit in Brussels, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macronimportanteustatementoncyprusturkey.html, etc), also another "Navtex" threatening Real Fire Military Exercises, reportedly "inside Cyprus' Territorial Waters", from 2 to 17 July 2019, including Energy Exploration Slots 2, 8, 9 and 13, at the Southern Part of Cyprus, (Comp. relevant MAP), in Addition to illegal Turkish Drillling attemps inside Cyprus' EEZ, (long after Chassing away an Italian Ship Drllling for Cyprus' Government inside its EEZ).

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Meanwhile, EU is looking on "Options for appropriate Measures",  "including Targetted Measures", "withOut Delay",  in Addition to the "Serious, Immediate Negative Impact that ... illegal actions have accross the range of EU - Turkey relations", according to the Official EU Summit's Declaration on Cyprus.

 >>> - In Fact, we have observed that, from times to times, whenever some French Army Ships arrive Near Cyprus, all such Turkish Bullying Disappears... But, Afterwards, when they Leave that area, this may re-Start again, pointed out Chairwoman Loiseau, Today, smiling...

She was Replying to a relevant topical Question raised by a European Federalist from the Netherlands, of Greek Origin.

=> Such Facts are Important, because they obviously indicate that among the  "Targetted Measures" Currently Examined by the EU, should also be some kind of more or less Permanent EU Navy presence around Cyprus, in order to Regularly Protect the Energy Fields which have Started to be Discovered there.

Already, inter alia, as early as since 2011, a team of French High-Tech. Experts had Visited a Key Naval Base in Cyprus, (nick-named "Mari" and/or "Charilaos Florakis"), in order to Help Investigate a Strange Explosion which had Killed several Key Navy Officers and Destroyed a Pioneer, Innovative Power Plant, designed to Produce Electricity from Gas, (i.e. almost in the Line of Ideas recently supported by Israel etc., for a New and Safe way  to Transport Huge Recent Findigs of Gas, from the South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea towards Europe).

This had been, initialy, unveiled and described to "Eurofora" by competent Senior Officials at the "Elysée" Palace in Paris, back on late July 2011, on the Sidelines of a Meeting between Cyprus and French Presidents Christofias and Sarkozy, (See, f.ex., among others, also at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozycounseloronhelptoinvestigatecyprusexplosion.html, etc).

More Recently, during 2018, new Plans about, if not a Military Base, more precisely an eventual Deal for Permanent Access to important acilities at that "Mari" Naval Base of Cyprus, were reportedly Discussed with France.

Already, just 1 Year Earlier, after a relevant exchange between "Eurofora" and French President Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the "G20" Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on 2017, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macrontoprotectcyprusisraelenergyforeurope.html, etc), France's Minister of Army, Francoise Parly, made a 1st Official Visit to the Island, (Later Followed also by various Other such Contacts, including Visits of Important French Military Ships).

 

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During a Wider Event on Strategic Policy and Scientific Research, including Universitarian, organized by the French Ministry of Defense, earlier this year in Paris, (14/2/2019), where "Eurofora" had been Invited, together with some other Journalists specialized in European issues, Capitain Hamelin, in charge of Strategy at the Naval Force, highlighted the Big Potential Importance for European Security of Energy Supplies which emerges Nowadays, precisely at the South-Eastern Mediterranean Area, between EU Member Cyprus, Israel and Egypt, where Gas/Oil New Findings are notoriously Booming. He pointed also at a forthcoming, then, Conference on EU's Maritime Security, prepared in Brussels for April 2019, and added to that area of special and Topical Interest, also a much Larger Region around the Indian Ocean, as Long as between the Sea of China and the Suez Channel, where, notoriously, a Huge Amount of World's Energy Supplies are regularly transported, and where France a.o. would like to Cooperate with together with Germany and other allied Countries. Both these 2 Strategic Areas are Linked through the Suez Channel, Facing Cyprus : the unique island present in that junction...

New French President Emmanuel Macron is quite well Aware, Since as Early as ...2015, on the Double Occasion of his Visits to Strasbourg, (where he First met "Eurofora" as a Minister of Economy, then : See his Replies to our Questions at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.html, etc), just before travelling to Israel and Palestine, of the apparently Immense Potential in Energy Resources, just Waiting to be harnassed and efficiently used, around these 3 Neighouring Countries, which have already Started to closely Cooperate together, (Multiplying, f.ex. several Trilateral Summits and Joint Projects  (including "East-MED" Pipeline, endorsed by EU Commission, etc), bringing Together Heads of State/Governments of EU Members Cyprus and Greece, with Israel and Egypt, (adding, more recently, also Lebanon).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Participating to Today's Meeting in Strasbourg between MEPs and the Federalist European Movement (Comp. Supra), "Eurofora" reminded the Fact that, from a purely Geological point of view, there is a Basic Similarity between the "South-Eastern Mediterranean" Sea, and the ..."Gulf of Mexico", (Scientifically Studied since +25 Years Earlier !), where the USA have notoriously made Many Important Energy Findings recently, to the point that, (added also to some Other relevant Developments), they are starting to speak more about Exports of Energy, than Imports, in a foreseable Future...              

"Eurofora"'s co-Founder has been consistently following this issue since as Early as a 2001 PanEuropean Mega-Conference of "Geo-Science" in Strasbourg, full of Top Experts, several of whom had a 1st Hand Knowledge of South-East Mediterranean's Geology, so that, in Addition to their Original Research (some of which, We Critically analysed), they gave us also some Interesting original Interviews on that matter, (See our relevant Publications, then, at "CyprusWeekly", etc). This was afterwards Completed also by a Short but Topical, Phone INTW with Cyprus' President, Glafkos Clerides, at his Home, when he was just Preparing to Visit Egypt's President Moubarak, with whom they soon Signed the 1st Agreement on the Territorial Limitation of the respective EEZ of their Neighbouring Countries, (soon followed also by Israel, etc).

+ So that, Recently, the Experienced EU Commission's vice-President for Energy, Maros Sefcovic, speaking to "Eurofora" in Brussels on 2017, clearly announced his Expectation that the South-East Mediterranean Countries' Oil/Gas Potential (Cyprus, Israel and Egypt) "could become a Second Norway !" (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionersefcoviconcyprusenergy.html).     

Meanwhile, it's also a Fact that the Northern Sea's deposits are notoriously Declining Nowadays and losing their former cap a Partial Exception of Only a comparatively Small Bit, Near Norway itself). So that Europe will Soon Depend Only from the New Findings, in South-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Resources around Cyprus, as far as European Oil/Gas sources are concerned.  

- But, there, "the Problem is that Turkey does Not want that", resumed Nowadays the French Naval Policy Strategist, Captain Hamelin, speaking to "Eurofora", (Comp. Supra).  

In Fact, what Turkey really wants is to Oblige Cyprus and all Europe to transfert their Energy Resources, from the South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Northwards, right inside the Turkish mainland, through the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, still held by Ankara's Foreign Invasion and Occupation Army... Once there, obviously, the Turkish Regime, could Take a Part for itself and its Cronies, under any Pretext, and put the rest inside a ...Turkish Pipeline towards Europe, which would be Controlled by Ankara's Military, and Submitted, Not Only to Anatolia Plateau's Notoriously Dangerous, Destructive and Deadly EarthQuakes, Regional Conficts, etc, but also to the infamous Turkish Government's ...Political "Blackmails", at any moment...(Not to mention the Quarrels about ...Prices, too Often in the Past, vis a vis Russia and even Iran, etc)...  

- And all that useless trouble with Turkey,

...while Europe can Easily have a DIRECT ACCESS to the South-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Resources, normaly withOut any Problem, in a much Faster, Safer, and Cheaper way than that : Fex. via Ship Transports of LNG, and/or Under-Sea Pipelines (as "East-MED" EU's Projec, etc) Linking EU Members Cyprus to Greece and afterwards towards Italy, etc., and/or through the Balkans : Bulgaria/Romania, and/or North Macedonia/Serbia/Hungary, etc. +An additional, mainly Israel-proposed Idea, is also to Transform Gas/Oil in Electricity on the spot, and, afterwards, Transfer the Electric Current to the rest of Europe through UnderSea Networks, etc. In All these cases, the EU could Control almost Everything, by itself, (withOut depending on anyone else, as "intermediary").

Already, Europen Compagnies have started to Drill and make Findings around Cyprus, as Italy's "ENI" and France's "TOTAL", (whose initial Decision to Explore Cyprus' Energy potential was announced by its Historic CEO, Christophe de Margerie, to "Eurofora", at Elysée Palace in Paris, since 2012, See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/killedmargeriekeyforrussiaandcyprusenergy.html etc), as well as "KOGAS" from South Korea,  Israeli "DELEK" and USA Company "NOBLE Energy", followed also by EXXON/MOBIL, etc., after which even the New USA's Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, symbolically participated in a Trilateral Summit between Israel, Cyprus and Greece, precisely on South-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Resources, recently (2019).

+ In Parallel, even more Important Oil/Gas Findings have been already made at Adjacent Fields in Neighbouring Israel and/or Egypt.

Overall Findings have reached a level which raises more and more the Central Question of Efficient Management, adequate Investments, and Transport(s) of Energy towards mainly Europe's most Populated and/or Indurstrial Core.

However, Turkey's shameless Harassment and Bullying on the spot (Comp. Supra) raises an obvious Challenge to EU's Energy Supplies' Security,  but also Credibility :

- Indeed, until Now, several EU Heads of State/Government Summits have published some Crystal-clear, very Explicit and Strong Official Statements from Brussels, Denoucing and Condemning such illegal and Brutal Bullying by Turkey against the Rightful and Peaceful Exploitation of EU Member Cyprus' own Natural Resources in its Territorial Waters, Warning Ankara with Sanctions if it doesn't Stop to blatantly Violate International Law. The Latest one, just issued on June 22, 2019, in Brussel, (See, f.ex.: ..., etc), is particularly Locacious.

But, in fact, Turkey, from the time that it send its Warships to Chasse Away a Peaceful Italian "ENI"'s Drilling Ship legally working in Cyprus' territorial waters last Year (2018), (something that they did Not Dare do again, when ...USA's "EXXON-MOBIL" drilling ship arrived, later-on, in Cyprus too...), up to the most Recent, Provocative illegal "Drillings" by Turkish Ships inside EU Member Cyprus' Territorial Waters and EEZ, withOut any Authorisation, up to those Repeated Ankara's "Navtex" threatening to send more and more Warships, with Real Ammunitions, pretexting to make so-called Military "Exercices" right in the Middle of EU Member Cyprus' Territorial Waters and EEZ, even inside legally allocated Slots for Peaceful Exploration of Natural Resources by European Compagnies, (Comp. Supra, f.ex. for July 2019), has been Multiplying Dangerous and Brutal Provocations withOut any real Sanctions at all, (except from Verbal reactions), until now...

=> So that, Obviously, the Time has inevitably come, now, for the EU to clearly show, in front of everybody, if it really Means what it says, and if Europe is Able to make itself Respected by Aggressive 3rd Countries, (particularly inside its own EU External Borders/Territorial Waters) !

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>>> In such an Exceptionally "Hot" Context, the above-mentioned Observations, made Today in Strasbourg by French MEP et incoming Chairwoman of EU Parliament's Defense Committee, Natalie Loiseau, on Turkish provocations in Cyprus and EU Navy's efficient reactions to Saveguard Peace on the spot, (Comp. Supra), as well as French President Emmanuel Macron's alleged Proposal to Bring to EU Commission's Presidency, for the 1st Time in History, a current Minister of ...Defense, the German Ursula Von der Leyen, inevitably looks as a Timely and Symbolic "Coincidence"...  

=> Does it Mean that the Franco-German EU's Engin wants to Boost Europe's Defense policy, Starting from the most Natural, Useful and Obvious Move : I.e. EU's unquestionable and legitimate Right to Protect its External Borders and Natural Resources from any illegal and Brutal Military Threat by any Foreign 3rd Country ?

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+ And Germany can be a Good Choice for that purpose, by French President Macron, not only because several mainstream Medias Timely prefered nowadays to Picture EU-hopeful, Defense Minister Von der Leyen amidst Bundeswehr's ...Naval forces, but also given the Fact that, even Historic French President Jacques Chirac, when he had managed to launch a UN-sponsored, Peace-Keeping International Operation, led by Europe, in order to Succesfully Safeguard the "Hot" then Borders between Israel and Lebanon, back since 2006, he had decided to give the Head of EU's relevant ...Naval Force (due to monitor Lebanon's SeaCoasts), precisely to ...Germany, with its HeadQuarters based in Cyprus !

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>>> That Historic Move by Chirac, (for the success of which, a lot of Diplomatic efforts had been made, from Europe to New York, Wash. DC, etc., in addition to a very Firm Political stance by the French President then), was followed also by the 1st Visit of German Chancellor Angie Merkel to Cyprus, later-on, (initialy on a German Ship of the FINUL, and afterwards officially in Nicosia), Strengthening European Defense's active presence at a Strategic location, (Comp. Supra).

+ Even nowadays' Nomination of Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell (former EU Parliament's President, with whom "Eurofora"'s co-Founder had cooperated in the Past), for the Top EU job as Europe's High Representative for External Action, during 2019-2024, is not without any relation  :

- Indeed, Borrell was, exceptionally, Spain's representative to a Recent Summit of EU's Southern Countries, (i.e. together with Heads of State/Government as Macron, Conte, Tsipras, Anastasiades, etc), which had been hosted on 2019 in Cyprus.

=> Premonitory ?...

 

 

 

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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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