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EUParliament on ISIL Terrorist Attacks v. Civilians in Iraq, Turkey, Yemen +Bangladesh: Global Fight

Written by ACM
lunes, 04 julio 2016
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Chilcot Iraq War Inquiry, mainly on Controversial former PM Blair's role back on 2003, is due to Publish its Long-Awaited Results later this Week, EU Parliament paid Today Hommage to the Victims of a Series of Bloody Attacks by ISIL's Terrorists which Killed Many Civilian People in Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Bangladesh last week, apparently abused as a Morbid "Publicity" Tool by those Brutal and Inhuman Extremist Islamist Gangs who are reportedly Losing Ground recently both in the Iraq and in Syrian fronts on the ground.


The President of EU Parliament, Martin Schulz from Germany, (an experienced SocialDemocrat MEP since 1994 : Comp. f.ex. his 1st INTW to "Eurofora"s Co-Founder already as Early as since 1995, published then at "TCWeekly", etc), observed that "More than 300 People were Killed, and more than 500 Wounded", including even "Civilians, Women and Children", during those latest Terrorist Attacks, and Expressed MEPs' Strong "Condemnation" of such a "Monstrous Violence" and "Murderous Ideology", by a "Terrorism without Borders", which "can only be Combatted with a Global Cooperation", as he stressed.


President Schulz also expressed the European Parliament's wish to "Stand By those Other Regions of the World", as well as MEPs' "Condoleances" for the Victims (from "Different Origins, Religions and Nationalities", as he observed), of this Series of Deadly Terrorist Attacks, which were All Revendicated by ISIL's Terrorists, with the Only Exception of that latest strike in Turkey, which Targetted Foreign Tourists at the International Section of Istanbul's Airport, as also at the Diplomatic Quarter of Bangladesh's Capital Dacca.


At the Deadliest Terrorist Attack in Iraq since 2003, more than 210 Civilian People were reportedly Killed at a Market in Bagdad, including 20 Women and 25 Children. In Yemen, about 80 People, more than Half of them Civilians, were also Killed during a Series of Bombings and varViolent Clashes. In Turkey, a Majority of Foreign Tourists, from Many Countries around the World, as well as Security a.o. Staff, and about 9 Turkish Civilians were among the 45 Victims of 3 Suicide Bombers from Foreign Countries, attributed by Ankara to ISIL. But a Few Days Earflier, as many as 8 Other ISIL's Suicide Bombers had reportedly Attacked a Christian Village in Lebanon, near the Syrian Borders. As for Bangladesh, among the almost 30 Victims in a Hostage-Taking Attack at a Restaurant, were also, at least 7 European Civilian People, (including Women), mainly from Italy, (as ChristianDemocrat MEP Mrs Gardini pointed out at EU Parliament's Plenary).


Mainstream German Newspaper "Die Welt" Published Today an Article with Visual Documents and Factual Data revealing that ISIL's Deadly Terrorists and Atrocious BeHeaders even of Innocent and Defenseless Civilian People, are currently Exploiting a Long Series of Recent Attacks, from the USA (Orlando Massacre) up to Iraq and Bangladesh, etc., during a so-called "Ramadan Offensive" (sic !), also in order to make more Publicity for their "2nd Anniversary" since the "proclamation of the Khalifat" in the Territories of Iraq and Syria that their Armed Gangs had Occupied since 2014, by Claiming an International Terrorist Network including "Covert Armies" in Many Countries, even in Europe (France), as they boasted.


However, an Initial Intention by the Biggest Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, to lodge a Demand for a Debate and the Vote of a Resolution on these latest Tragedies, was, Finaly, droped, at least for the Time being, for reasons which were Not Discussed in Public Now.


The above-mentioned, EU Parliament's brief Introductory Event, Right at the Beginning of the July 2016 Weekly Plenary Session in Strasbourg, Coincided, as Schulz noted from the outset, also with the apparently Natural Death, in the Age of 85 y.o., of former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, a long-time Socialist, but who had also assumed a Mission on Hig-Tech Investments entrusted to hium by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, (currently Head of the main Opposition New "Republican" Party), who had just Published, just a Few Days Earlier this Month, an Exclusive, Frontpage INTW at a mainstream Review Magazine, Accusing "the French Left" to be "The Most Retrograde in the World", as well as with the Natural Death also of World Famous Writer Elie Wiesel, one of the Last Witnesses of the 2nd World War and NAZI/Fascist regimes' Inhuman Atrocities.

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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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