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EU must Protect Syrian Kurds who Fought ISIS Terror, that Turkey Exploited,+Launched 3 Invasions

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 09 October 2019
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(Turkey Starts Bombing Syrian Kurdish Cities-CBS-AFP-Getty+Eurofora screenshot)-

*Strasbourg/NewsViewPoint/- Europe has a unique Chance, but also Duty, and even Urgent Need, to Efficiently Protect those Syrian Kurds (of the "Democratic Syrian Forces") who are notoriously Threatened to be Soon Attacked by a Military Intervention of Turkey's Troops and its Armed Lackeys, After the Withdrawal of USA's Soldiers accross the Northern Borders of Syria, where Destructive Bombardments, Demolitions, and other Attacks by Ankara's Troops have reportedly Started already.

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(Turkish Bombings on Syrian Kurds -AlJazeera 9/10/2019 +Eurofora screenshot- YPG have reportedly asked for a "Non-Fly Zone", while USA's Pentagon claimed that Air Operations' Data Flows have been Stopped for Turkish Military Airplanes inside Syria)

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Turkey has notoriously Profited from ISIL's and Other Deadly Islamist Terrorists Cowardly Targetting also Civilian People, while also obviously Aiming to Invade a part of Syria's Land, already Since the Beginning of that Country's crisis, as they did Recently at Peaceful Afrin's Kurdish District. On the Contrary, Syrian Kurds have Risked their Lives to Fight Succesfully against ISIL's Terror, and have Focused Mainly on ReOrganizing their Ancestral Region.

Syria is Europe's Neighborhood, and Not USA's, so that Europeans are First to be Affected by what is happening in that Country.

Both the (recent and not really finished) spread of Deadly Islamist Terrorism, Cowardly Targetting also many Civilian People, and the (almost Synchronous and Parallel) 2015-2016+ Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants' Crisis, threatening to Revive Nowadays, Strongly Affected Europe, by Events related, in one way or another, mainly to Syria, which is adjacent to EU Member Country Cyprus, and near Growing Oil/Gas Findings at the South-Eastern Mediterrean Deep Sea Area, between Cyprus, Israel and Egypt, (which can Soon start DIRECT Energy Transports towards the EU, without being obliged to Transit through Any Other, 3rd Foreign Country, thanks, f.ex., to New Technology of Liquefied Gas, and/or "East-Med" Pipeline project, Sponsored by the EU, etc).

Moreover, Jailed ISIS' and dangerous Deadly Islamist Terrorists currently Imprisoned in that Northern Syria's area, until now Supervised by USA's Forces, after being Cought by the Kurdish-led "Syrian Democratic Forces", canNot be entrusted to Turkey, which has, notoriously, Profited (GeoPoliticaly and even Economicaly) from ISIS' and Other Armed Islamist Gangs' Terror during too Many Years.

If anybody had to Replace USA's Protection of Syrian Kurds against ISIS, it's only well Organized European Forces which could really do that.  

By a Timely Coincidence,  Reality raised that Topical Issue, as Incoming, New EU's High Representative for External Action, Experienced former EU Parliament's President, Josep Borrell, speaking to EU Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, in Brussels, Urged to Boost EU's Capacity to Deploy on the Ground not just 35.000 Soldiers across the World, (as it does Nowadays), but almost the Double : 60.000, (as he said, Denouncing the Non-Implementation yet, of such an EU Plan, Drafted Since ... 1999 !), while also Using more Efficiently, by Better Coordination, those "€ 260 Billions" Currently spend on Defense by EU Member States, i.e. about "More than China, much More than Russia, and second only to the USA" : - "We Have the Instruments to play Power politics", so that "We should reinforce EU's International Role and further our Military Capacity to Act". For that purpose, "the EU has to be more Operational on the Ground" and "Ready to Deploy Forces, Starting with our Neighbourhood”, he pointed out.

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But, if it's only to Let the Turkish Army Invade and Occupy a "Zone" inside Syria, which extends accross the Syrian-Turkish Borders, while EU might be Reduced Only into Controlling a Southern Area, where ISIL's former "Capital" Raqqa etc. was, i.e. Practically letting Ankara ...Expulse the Kurds from their Ancestral Lands, where they were Living for Thousands of Years, since the Ancient Times of Xenophon, and "Replace" them with Turkey's Islamized Lackeys and Armed Gangs, so that EU Soldiers would Serve Only as a "Bunker" Covering that Turkish Military Occupation from Any contact with the Syrian Government's Army, that is to say : Diminishing  EU's role into Serving what was Turkey's notorious Aim from the Beginning of the Syrian Crisis, then, ...it's Better Not to do Anything of that kind, and Keep it Clean, Out of, and Far Away from such kind of Dirty Tricks !

In that case, Syrian Kurds would have No Other Choice, in fact, than to Unite, in one way or another, with the Syrian National Government of Assad Junior, who has Recently started to progressively ReUnite the Country, with Russia's Help. Relevant Statements, not excluding such Developments, already Started to be reportedly made, by Both Sides, during this Week.

Both an Urgent EU and/or Syrian Government's moves, could and should Provide elementary Guarantees to Turkey that this Syrian Kurdish Area will Not be used as a Backyard for Any Eventual "Attacks", by Other Groups, against it in the Future, so that Ankara's alleged Claim clearly Stops to be abused as a Hollow Pretext.

Already, such Attempts to better Secure the Syrian - Turkish Borders were reportedly made, during Last Summer, with several Concrete Measures, Together with USA and Syrian Kurds, (including, f.ex., Demolitions of some Border Fortifications, Bridges, etc), but Ankara found that insufficient, and wants to Transfer mainly its Lackeys among various Islamists' Armed Gangs from Idlib Area a.o. to Syrian Kurds' Ancestral Land.

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+ Meanwhile, Syrian Kurds suddenly acquired an unexpected, (Symbolic but Real) Importance in Europe's core Nation of France, as it emerged Nowadays, after French President Emmanuel Macron's speech at a Paris' Ceremony on the Brutal Killing of 4 Police Officers in their Offices by an Islamized and Radicalized Technician from Guadeloupe, Hired in Paris' Police Headquarters, but whose Strange Behavior, Conversion to Islam, and Cynical Remarks even on "Charlie Hebdo" Journalists' Massacre since 2015, had, Scandalously, not Alerted those Responsible to Track potentialy Dangerous Radical, until he was Shot down by a New Recruit : Macron launched a Call for All the People, of any origin or confession, to get United in a decisive Fight against the "Islamist Hydra" of Deadly Islamist Terrorism's Divisive Manipulations.

>>> But, Who else in the World has Already Succeeded to do so, unless the ... Syrian Kurds ? Indeed, inside their "Rojava" Region of Northern Syria, amidst Turkish and ISIL's threats, added to Saddam's Regime, they are, until now, the Only one who have Managed to Bring and Keep Together Atheists, Christians (f.ex. Yazidi, Armenians, etc), Arabs, Muslims (Suni and Shia), Kurds, and Various Other Communities, Refugees and Local People, etc., (while also promoting Womens' Rights, decisively but without excess), inside their quite Original Socio-Political Regime, using a Collective Ideology, and Referencesto a Rich Ancient History, which seems to Work in Real Practice, Despite (or, rather, Because of) all the Threats and Risks around them Nowdays, (including ISIS' main Armed Gangs who were Attacking them right from the start) !

=> In Consequence, wouldn't it be obviously Interesting for Nowadays Europe and others in the World, currently Seeking Urgently an Efficient Way to Bring and Keep United Together all their People against such an "Islamist Hydra"'s Deadly Divisions and Terrorism, as President Macron Denouncerd Today (Comp. Supra), to just have a Look on How those Syrian Kurds really Managed to do so, even amidst the Worst and most Dangerous Circumstances, in order to Find and be Inspired by the Best Workable Practical Solutions to this Topical and Vital Issue ?

Indeed, mutatis-mutandis, after all, Perhaps, (with that Rare, if not Unique workable Example Nowadays, almost in the vicinity), they might Help us, in Fact, much More than We (Europeans) could Help them...


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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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