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EU Parliament Unanimously Condemns New Turkish Violations of EU Member Cyprus EEZ from 15/9 to 12/10

Written by ACM
Thursday, 17 September 2020
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- In the Only quasi-Unanimously Adopted point, at EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, MEPs "Condemned" a New Aggressive "Turkey’s Decision of 15 September" to issue another "NAFTEX" Sending its "Yavuz Drilling Ship" (escorted by WarShips, as usual) illegaly into EU Member Cyprus' Energy Resources Rich EEZ, "Until 12 October", (i.e. During almost a Month !).


This Key Last-Minute Amendment (Tabled by Russo-German Jewish atypical "Green" MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, a USA's Harvard "Master" and Berlin's Humbold University "PhD" holder in Public Law on Human Rights) Succeeded to Get as much as 668 Votes in Favor, against Only 22 and 3 Abstentions, While, on the Contrary, During All Other Votes, on Various Other Aspects of that Issue about Turkey's Bullying at Eastern Mediterranean, and Violently Disputing to the EU the apparently Important Energy Resources that have Already Started to be Discovered there, (Particularly around EU Member Cyprus, as well as in Neighbouring and Friendly Cooperating Egypt and Israel, etc.), the EU Parliament appeared, More or Less, Divided...


The Political Importance of that Unique quasi-Unanimously Adopted point, is Obviously, that it Reveals that Turkey, Instead of having, at last, Started to Play the Game according to Peaceful Negotiations with EU Members Greece and Cyprus, as the Initial Version of the Draft Resolution Supposed, f.ex., when it "Welcomed Turkey’s Decision on 12 September ... to withdraw its seismic research vessel Oruç Reis, thus taking a 1st Step to Easing the Tensions", (as Ankara had been Repeatedly Urged by the EU to do), on the Contrary, it had, with such Dilatory Manouvers, Waited until EU Parliament's Vote, before Showing Ankara's Real Face, by Committing a New (and Even Longer than Before) Blatant Violation of International Law, Based on escorting Turkish WarShips' Brutal Force, Against Europe's Natural Energy Resources, located around EU Member Cyprus.


Greece Might, probably, have Important Oil/Gas Resources at the Aegean Sea, and/or around Creta Mediterranean Island. However, this has Not Yet been clearly Proven. But Near Cyprus' Southern Coasts, the Existence of Important Gas Energy Resources has Already been Proven Recently, so that, Added to those Found by Israel and Egypt at the Proximity, the Total could, certainly Boost Europe's Economy for a Long Time in the Future. Thus, at least as things stand until Now, Cyprus' EEZ is the Biggest Issue for the EU.


=> As a Consequence, the Main Points where EU Parliament appeared mostly Divided on Turkey, were 3 Other Amendments which, succesively, Asked to :

(1) At last "Irrevocably Terminate" Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, as former so-called "Candidate to Accesion";

(2) Put an "End" to "All Fundings" earmarked for Turkey, either as "Pre-Accession" Funds, or on Pretext of so-called "Refugees" and irregular "Migrants", as well as "EIB's Loans";

(3) Freeze, (at least for 6 Months, Reconductible) the Controversial EU - Turkey "Customs Union" of 1996, - from which Everything had Started, Curiously the 1st Time that ECHR Revealed, on 12/1995 in Strasbourg that Turkey had been Torturing and Murdering Dissidents, or Submitting Poor Families to Inhuman/Degrading Treatments (12/2015), and was Immediately Followed, inter alia, also by the "News" that Turkish Forces, (Shortly After the Customs Union had Started to Enter into Force from 1/1996), had Killed a Young Dissident by ...Crushing his Head. (Respectively : "Aksoy", "Akdivar", and "Goktepe" landmark Affairs).


- The Reasoning behind that 1st Point was that "Turkey ...is Not a European Country", and "does Not Behave according to European Values, mainly those which aim to preserve a Peaceful Europe, so that it Must Not become an EU Member". Therefore the Amendment "Call(ed) ... the Turkish Government to Put an End to the Repeated Violations of the Greek and Cypriot Air Space and Territorial Waters", as well as "to Respect the Territorial Integrity of its Neighbours", (as Syria and Irak, in Addition to Cyprus and Greece, as well as Armenia, etc).


Initially Tabled by several Rightist MEPs of the "ID" Group, from Various EU Member Countries, those 3 Amendments on Key Issues Attracted Votes Also from the "Conservative" Group, the "ChristianDemocrats/EPP" Group, the "Independents", Even the "Left", etc. Among the Mainstream "ChristianDemocrats/EPP" were also French Young Philospher Bellamy (Head of the French Delegation there), former Many Times Minister Hortefeux (a Sarkozy Faithful), former President of EU Parliament's Defense Committee Danjean, former Minister Morano from Nearby Lorraine, and Strasbourg's MEP Sander. Among the "Left"'s MEPs, Support was given by Villumsen, Vice-President of the Group, (and an Experienced, former Long-Time Top MEP at CoE's PanEuropean Assembly in Strasbourg), Member of Denmark's Governing Coalition. Among the "Independent" MEPs, for Cutting all EU Funds to Turkey Voted also Popular former Anti-Corruption Judge Miroslav Radačovský from Slovakia, Famous for having Dared Face a former Head of State and Win the case, who was Elected for the 1st Time in EU Parliament. Around 150 MEPs were Constantly Involved in those 3 Critical Amendments for the Strongest ever Sanctions against Turkey, (f.ex. 107 Voting in Favour and 36 Abstaining, etc), and that was the Main Disagreement in this case, as they Obviously thought that EU did Not yet put Enough Sanctions on Ankara, as it should.


The comparatively Most Popular for MEPs among those 3 Critical Amendments was that about immediately Cutting All EU Funds and other Economic Facilities to Turkey, (Comp. Supra). This (Obviously Important) Point Attracted Even the MEPs of the Italian co-Governing Party of "5 Stars" (created by Famous Bepe Grillo), inter alia. Such a Fact is, objectively, a kind of indirect Hommage to the just Tragically Deaceased Franco-Armenian Top Politician Patrick Devedjian, from a Family of Refugees, former Many Times Minister, Head of Governing Party, close Friend to Popular former President Sarkozy, and in charge of a Succesful Economic Revival Policy for France and Europe, at the Previous, 2008-2011 Crisis : Surprizingly, the Last Press Article Published by Devedjian in his Life, Just Before he was Killed by an (UnKnown Origin) Virus' Infection, Curiously almost Immediately after Entering a Hospital, was Titled : -"Oppose Turkey and Support Europe !", and, Practicaly, Focused mainly on Calling to Stop EU Funding for Ankara, as a Sanction for a Long List of WrongDoings against EU Countries and Europe itself, which Needs to be Stengthened, (See : ..., etc).


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- On the Contrary, MEPs' Votes showed that the Less Backed concrete Point, in this Resolution, was a Strange Call for ...Trans-Atlantic NATO (sic !) to "Mediate" in "Eastern Mediterranean", between EU Countries and Turkey, (sic !), as if Europe could Not Defend itself vis a vis Ankara,  - Not Even some ...450 Years After the 1st Victory of a European Army in History, which was the Famous Naval Battle at "Lepanto", Already as Early as Back on 1.571, when Many European Countries had United Together in order to Succesfully Face the Ottoman-Turks, as a Sanction for their Brutal Aggressions ...in Cyprus ! (See : ..., etc). The Move was Notoriously Followed, at the Aftermath, by More European Armies' Historic Victories against Ottoman-Turks at Wien (1.683), Budapest (1.696), Navarino (1.827), the last 2 Together with Russians, etc., until the Greek Revolution of 1.821 (whose Centenary Anniversary is due to be Celebated Next Year, on 2021), through the Dismantlement of the Declining Former Ottoman-Turk Empire also in Arab Countries, which Gained their National Independence, (under the Brillant Guidance of Young, then, Winston Churchil), just After the Armenian Genocide of 1.908-1.915, up to the Landmark "Treaty of Sevres" (near Paris), on 1.920, when "the Turkish Problem" had been Definitively Solved, for Ever, (Liberating All National Minorities in Anatolia Plateau : Armenians, Greeks, Kurds, Assyrians, etc), ... IF Trotski's Cynical but "Real-Politics" Move to practicaly Save from Total Ruins a Residue of Turks, at the Last Minute on 1.922, (when the Greek Army had arrived just ...40 Km from Ankara !), in order to Throw Against the rest of a Divided Europe a TroubleMaker "Turkey", from which it still Suffers Nowadays (NATO's "Brain Death" included), had Not "met", objectively, Also a Trans-Atlantic Canada-USA Emerging Selfish Power, Both DisRegarding, then, a Divided Rest of Europe..., Suddenly Weakened as Never, Suffering by 2nd World War Destructions and Global Competition, ...Unless the right Development of a Brand New "European Union" might, Hopefully, Mark a real "Renaissance" Now.    


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+ For the Rest, EU Parliament's Resolution, Officialy Destinated to "the preparation of the Special" EU Heads of State/Government Summit in Brussels, (24-25 September 2020), "Focusing on the Dangerous Escalation and the role of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean" Energy Sources, Adopted by a Strong Majority, Reminds, among others, Also the "Situation in Turkey", including "the Removal of Elected Mayors", the "Turkish Actions Creating Tensions in the EEZ of Cyprus", the "Negative Role of Turkey" against "Stability and Securiy in Eastern Mediterranean", the "illegal Drilling activities of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean", the "Ajaccio Declaration after the ...MED-7 Summit of 10/9/2020" (Calling to "Use All adequate Means Available to the EU" in order to Face Turkey's Bullying; See .., etc), the "United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)", etc.


- The Resolution Denounces, from the outset, the Fact that "escalating Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean ("an area of Strategic Importance for the EU") are Fuelled by Unilateral steps by Turkey, including Military action, the Lack of inclusive diplomatic Dialogue", and the Fact that "Turkey has Challenged its Neighbours with regard to international Law and the Delimitation of their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs)", "whereas Turkey has Not signed the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,  to which Greece and Cyprus are parties", so that a "Dispute over the Delimitation of EEZs and ontinental shelf between Turkey on the one side and Greece on the other side has remained Unresolved Since November 1973", (i.e. Just at the Eve of Turkey's Military Invasion and -still persising- Occupation of Cyprus on 1974 !).


+ Significantly, more Tension Started to Grow "Since the Discovery of offshore natural Gas reserves in the early 2000s, ... whereas the discoveries of significant gas reserves in the Mediterranean, including the discovery of the Leviathan field in 2010, followed by the Zohr gas field, the Largest ever natural gas discovery in the Mediterranean Sea, off Egypt in 2015, sparked Interest in the region and led to Further Exploration and Drilling in 2018 and 2019", EU Parliament observes.  

           
- But, "the EU is clear and determined in Defending the European Union’s Interests, demonstrating its unwavering Support and Solidarity with Greece and Cyprus and upholding international Law", according to that Resolution.     


- Meanwhile, "the illegal exploration and Drilling activities by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean are Resulting in an intense and Dangerous Militarisation of the Eastern Mediterranean, ;...whereas to support Greece and Cyprus, France deployed two naval vessels and fighter jets on 12 August in the area, and took part in military exercises together with Greece, Cyprus and Italy, on 26 August" 2020, it notes, (as far as Concrete Efforts to Protect common European Interests are concerned.


+ In Addition, on 10 June a French naval vessel was met with an extremely hostile reaction by Turkish warships when it was, in the framework of the Sea Guardian NATO mission, requesting to inspect a Turkish vessel suspected of violating the UN arms embargo on LIBYA; whereas Greece has recorded over 600 VIOLATIONS OF its AIR SPACE by the Turkish Air Force since January 2020; whereas these activities by Turkey are accompanied by increasingly HOSTILE RHETORIC against both Greece and Cyprus, other EU Member States, and the EU itself", MEPs Denounced.


- When, "in January 2019, the governments of Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority established" a ..."Gas Forum", at South-Eastern Mediterranean, "a multinational body tasked with developing a regional Gas Market and a mechanism for Resource Development", then, "this has been Criticised by Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs", Seeking to Impose its troublesome and Unrelated Interference..., (Despite the Fact that Ankara is Not Located in the SOUTH-Eastern Mediterranean, is Neither Producing, Nor Transporting Mediterannean Gas from/to Any of those Countries, and Refuses Even to Recognize a Key Country among them, But, on the Contrary, has notoriously sent its Military Troops to Invade and still Occupy a Large Part of its National Territory !).


    - Obviously Isolated, "Turkey" found Only ..."the (Notoriously Controversial) Libyan GNA", Tripoli's so-called "Government", (which does Not Control the 2/3 of the Country, Neither its Parliament, Nor the Libyan Army, while being Threatened Even up to Tripoli's Outskirts themselves, its Airport having been Bombed Out of Order since long), in order to "Sign... a MoU, in Nov. 2019, determining a ...Delimitation between the two Countries, Despite having No Adjacent or opposite Coasts". But, such a  "Turkey-Libya MoU on the Delimitation of Maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea Infringes the Sovereign rights of third Countries, does Not Comply with the Law of the Sea, and canNot Produce Any Legal Consequences for third countries", "whereas; IF Applied, this MoU would ...Threaten Mritime Security", MEPs Warn.


+ In Addition, "on 20 April 2020, Turkey sent the Drill ship Yavuz, accompanied by a Turkish (Military) navy vessel, into Cyprus’s EEZ", and "on 30 July 2020, ...the seismic research vessel Barbaros, accompanied by a Turkish Warship and a second support ship, into Cyprus’s EEZ"; on 10 August 2020, Turkey sent the Oruç Reis research vessel accompanied by 17 naval vessels (sic !) into Greek waters to map out sea territory for possible oil and gas drilling in an area where Turkey also claims jurisdiction; whereas Greece responded by dispatching its own warships to track the Turkish vessels, one of which collided with a Greek ship; ... on 31 August 2020 Turkey again extended its exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean by the Oruç Reis until 12 September; ... Turkey’s naval alert (Navtex) concerns an area that is within Greece’s continental shelf; ... these activities by Turkey have led to a significant deterioration in relations"  with affected Countries", EU Parliament Critically Observed. 

                           
=> However, Until Now, the Only so-called "Sanction" by the EU on such a TroubleMaker Turkey, (and Despite the fact that EU Council "Repeatedly Expressed its Concerns, and Strongly Condemned the (illegal) drilling activities, in various sets of Conclusions, including the European Council conclusions of 22 March 2018 and 20 June 2019 : See ..., etc), was; More than 2 whole Years Later, "on 27 February 2020", to Merely "Put Two Executives (sic !) of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) on the EU Sanctions List, imposing a Travel Ban and an Asset Freeze, following Turkey’s illegal Drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean"... In Other Words, Turkey may Hinder Europe from Peacefully Exploiting huge Energy Resources located a its EU Member States' EEZ, During More than 2 or 3 whole Years, while Also Dangerously Pushing at the Brink of War 2, 3, 4, 5 or More European Countries, if not EU in itself, as a whole, Adding, at the Same Time, a lot of Grosses Provocations, Slandering, and/or Insults, as well as Threats (including of War), etc., But, Nevertheless, an apparently Toothless EU Bureaucracy, (and/or a Fishy, "Fake European" Politician), simply does Nothing Serious vis a vis troublemaker Turkey, All these Years Long, But ...Only eyes 2 Obscure Staffers' Improbable Holidays in the EU, and/or their Private Assets, most probably in Turkey and, thus, untouchable by EU Services !


=> In this Context, it was Obviously Inevitable that, at least "on 28 August 2020 the informal Council (Gymnich) meeting [NDLR : at Berlin]Called for +Further targeted Sanctions against Turkey, in the event that it does Not De-escalate Tensions in the region; whereas these restrictive Measures would be Discussed at the Special European Council Summit, on 24 and 25 September 2020".


+ But, in the Middle of that Road, "on 10 September 2020, national leaders at the MED-7 Summit of Mediterranean States ...expressed Regret that Turkey had Not Responded to the EU’s repeated Calls to End its Unilateral and llegal Actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean", EU Parliament Denounced. Already, Meanwhile, "Mediation Attempts, led by the German Council Presidency ("Togetehr With" the "BP/HR Borrell") over the months of July and August, Regrettably Failed", MEPs Regret.


- The main Reason is that, "in order to allow the Dialogue to advance, Turkey has to Refrain from Unilateral Actions", EU Parliament's Resolution Reminds.


+ Even "NATO has also proposed various Initiatives for Dialogue between Greece and Turkey and brokered Talks between them", (But Not Cyprus, which is Not NATO Member, Despite of the Fact that, until Now, the Main Issue is that of Cyprus-related Energy Resources).


- Indeed, also "Article 1 of the NATO Treaty provides that the parties ... undertake to Settle any international Disputes in which they may be involved by Peaceful means", "and to Refrain in their international relations from the Threat or use of Force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the UN". And the "UN Charter provides that States must undertake to Settle any international Disputes in which they may be involved by Peaceful means, in such a manner that international Peace and Security and justice are Not EnDangered, and to Refrain in their international relations from the Threat or use of Force", MEPs Reminded.


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>>> - At the Main part of EU Parliament's Resolution, it "is Highly Concerned by the ongoing Dispute and related Risk of further Mlitary Escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean". It "is firmly Convinced that a sustainable conflict reSolution can only be found through Dialogue, Diplomacy, and Negotiations, in a spirit of Good Will, and in line with International Law".


- A Strong Majority of MEPs "Condemns Turkey’s illegal activities in the continental shelf/EEZ of Greece and Cyprus, which Violate the Sovereign rights of EU Member States, and expresses its full Solidarity with Greece and Cyprus; Urges Turkey to engage in the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, and to Refrain from any Unilateral and illegal action or Threat.


 - MEPS anew "Urge... Turkey to show Restraint, and to proactively contribute to De-escalating the situation, including by Respecting the territorial Integrity and Sovereignty of all of its neighbours, by Immediately Ending any further illegal Exploration and Drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, by Refraining from Violating Greek Airspace and Greek and Cypriot territorial Waters, and by distancing itself from nationalistic Warmongering rhetoric; Rejects the use of Threats and Abusive language towards Member States and the EU as Unacceptable".


=> On the Contrary, EU Parliament "expresses the Need to find a Solution by Diplomatic means, Mediation, and international Law, and strongly supports the return to the Dialogue between the parties". It "reiterates its Call on the Turkish Government to Sign and Ratify the UNCLOS (Treaty), and recalls that Even though Turkey is Not a Signatory" yet; Nevertheless, Internatonal "Customary Law", Already, provides for EEZs, Even for UnInhabited Islands"...


- But, it "Deplores the fact that the increasing escalation of Tension, Undermines prospects for the resumption of direct Talks on the comprehensive reSolution of the Cyprus Issue", (which were just "Dynamitized", by Turkey's Latest "NAFTEX" of 15/9, for.illegal Drillings at Nicosia's EEZ, until Middle October, as Both Presidents of Greece and Cyprus' Parliaments just Denounced) ; and "Urges all parties concerned to actively support the Negotiations for a fair, comprehensive and viable Settlement of the Cyprus issue within the UN Framework, as defined by the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, in accordance with international Law, the EU Acquis, and on the basis of respect for the Principles on which the (European) Union is founded".


- In this regard, MEPs "Welcome the Invitation made by the Governments of Cyprus and Greece to Turkey to Negotiate in good faith the maritime Delimitation between their respective Coasts", and "Urge... the Parties to Bring the relevant Disputes to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, or to resort to International Arbitration, in the event a Settlement canNot be Reached though Mediation".


- Concerning "all (EU) Member States"' "Dialogue with Turkey", in general, the Resolution "Calls" (Also "on EU Commission") to be "Firmly Committed ...to the Fundamental Values and Principles of the (European) Union, including Respect for Human Rights, Democracy, the Rule of Law, and the principle of Solidarity". An Obviously Long Overdue, Key Point, at least Since the 2015 Massacres of Kurds inside Turkey, the 2016 Killings, even of  Disarmed and Helpless Young Conscrits, Massive Jailings, Massive Oustings Even of Judges, Universitarians, etc, Added to the 2018 Bloody Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of Peaceful "Afrin" Region in Syria, and the 2019 Bombings, Killings (even Torturing and Murdering "Future Syria"s Head, Hevrin Khalaf, a young Woman who notoriously struggled for Unity and Frienship : See ..., etc), and Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of Most of Syria's Kurdish Region, (which was the Only one to Greatly Help the International Coalition to Fight against ISIS' Deadly Terrorists, Cowardly Targetting even Inocent Civilian People), make on 2020 an UnPrecedented Military Intervention inside Divided and Civil War torn Libya, Exporting there Extremist Islamist Armed Gangs (Dangerous for Europe, and Already Denounced by the UN for Grave Brutalities and Human Rights Violations against Civilian People), push a desperate Jailed Woman Lawyer to Die after a long Hunger Strike, reportedly Throw 2 poor Kurdish Farmers out of a Turkish Military Helicopter these days, (from whom 1 Barely Survived, almost Losing Conscience and Memory), etc+++...


=> In such Circumstances, no wonder why EU Paliament's Resolution also "expresses Serious Concerns about the current state of EU-Turkey Relations, mainly regarding the Dire Human Rights situation in Turkey and the Erosion of Democracy and the rule of Law; underlines the past and present Negative impacts of Turkey’s unilateral Foreign Policy initiatives in the wider Region, and that Turkey’s illegal exploration and Drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean further Add to the Deterioration of EU-Turkey relations in general, ... Deplores the Negative impact that current Turkish ... Actions in the Mediterranean" against "the stability of the region", in Addition to the 2 or 3 Turkish Military Invasions/Occupations inside Syria (at Afrin, Idlib, North-East, etc) and their "Consequences", (Comp. Supra).


=> For All those Reasons, in Concluding, an EU Parliament's Strong Majority Warns Turkey for "Sanctions", (which might "Only be Avoided through Dialogue, Sincere Cooperation, and concrete Progress on the ground", as it Asks, Otherwise, Threatening Ankara with "Restricitive Measures", "Sectoral and Targeted", "in the Absence of any Significant Progress".


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However, at the same time, the Last Paragraph of that Long Text, Curiously does Not Yet "Call" or "Urge" the forthcoming EU Summit to, Effectively, Impose, at last, Such "Sanctions" on an already Recalcitrant and Wrongdoing Turkey, But Only to ..."develop a List" (sic !) of Sanctions, and Even Less : Just to "Stand (re-sic !!) Ready" to (Eventualy) do so !


+ Moreover, Majority MEPs Exclude Sanctions with any "Adverse impact on the People of Turkey, (or) on (EU's) Support to Turkey's Independent Civil Society", (Here Goes Most of EU's "Pre-Accession" Aid...), "or on the Refugees residing within Turkey", (There go the 3 Billions € Each Year, in full Grants)...


One Wonders IF it Remains Anything for Sanction, (and Whether EU did Alike in Sanctions to Russia, etc)...


++ In Addition, Many MEPs (and Even More EU Citizens) would certainly be Negatively Surprized, Fed Up, and Dismayed, by an UnTimely, UnExpected, and UnPrecedented ...Repetition, Too Many Times (More than 5 !), of a Long-Forgotten Wording, Naming "Turkey (as) n EU Canditate Country" (sic !)


If the Real Authors of Such a Text have really "Forgotten" the 3 Loud "NO !" to Euro-Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, Already since 2005-2007, (the Last Ever, since then, with the Only "Exception" of Tiny Luxembourg, where Juncker had Threatened to Resign !), and Even Numerous Polls throughout Most European Countries, Since then, which Consistenly Show a Growing Refusal, by EU Citizens, of Any such eventual "Horror", or, perhaps, they do Not intend to participate in any Democratic Election in the foreseable Future...


- In Fact, "Nowadays, Nobody dares, No More, to Plead for Turkey's Entry into the EU. But No State dares (yet) to Really Close the Door (to Ankara), anxious not to indispose the Sultan", Denounced French former Head of Governing Party, Many Times Minister, close Sarkozy's Faithful, and Succesful F. Minister responsible for Economic ReVival at the Previous Economic Crisis of 2008-2011, Patrick Devedjian, from a Family of Armenian Refugees rescapees of the Genocide, in his Last Published Press Article, just Before he was Suddenly Infected (by an UnKnown cause) and Killed with the Virus, a few Months ago... (See: ..., etc).


+++ Moreover, Instead of Supporting a Crystal-clear Stance on the International Law of the Sea, at least in its more Substantial Principles, on the Contrary, that Text, Astonishingly, almost ...Pulverises the UNCLOS Treaty, by Multiplying, in a Key Paragraph, Relativistic Obscurantism's Wording of the kind : - "Developing (sic !) Law of the Sea" (NDLR: SInce the Early 1980ies...), which would be "Inherently Complex" (re-sic !!), and "Interpreted Differently by Greece and Turkey", with almost Equal "Mutual Claims", ("that the Interpretation of maritime Law by the Other Side is Against international Law and that the Activities of the Other Side are illegal"), resulting in a Mere "Dispute ...Between Turkey, on the One Side, and Greece, on the Other Side", (with ...Europe Condemned to Stay ...Out-Side, of unique European Natural Energy Resources !), which, Fataly, "has Remained UnreSolved since November 1973", (i.e. Just at the Eve of Turkey's Military Invasion/Occupation of the Northern Territories of Cyprus on July 1974)...


++++ Last, but not least, Instead of Launching a (too much Delayed) Call to all EU's 27 Member States to Urgently Send any Defense Support for the Protection of Frontline EU Members Greece and Cyprus, for Guarding EU's External Borders and precious European Natural Energy Resources, notoriously Threatened by Turkey's WarShips, on the Contrary, that partialy Strange Resolution, after Observing that France (Succefully) send its Army Airplanes and its Navy, Both in Cyprus and in Greece, while Italy "participated in Military Exercises" near the Greco-TurkIsh Coasts, on the Contrary, it Even "Calls on All (sic !) Actors involved ... to ... Withdraw Their Military Presence in the Region"...
In Other Words, while Turkey would be Always Ready to Bring Back its Military WarShips just in a Few Minutes Time, on the Contrary, Europeans would have to ...Wait for French and/or Italian Navies to Travel All the Way Long from ...Havre, Bordeau, Marseille, Genoa or Venice, etc, up to the Aegean Sea !


Are they Suicide Maniaks, or Too Lazy to simply Read a (Long) Paper probably Drafted by some Corrupted Apparatchiks ?


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Such Weak, Negative Points (which are Not the Only ones..) do Not Cancell the Different, above-mentioned, Strong Points in this EU Parliament's Resolution, (Comp. Supra).


>>> Nevertheless, Obviously, IF Europe gets Trapped, and/or Hindered to Act Swiftly and Efficiently enough, in such a Landmark Case, (and After so Many toothless "Warnings" to Turkey repeatedly issued by Numerous EU Summits, during the Last 2 Years : 2018-2020), then, Inevitably, Nobody in the World (among the Many who are now Watching) would Ever take Seriously Any EU's Official Statement at all, in the Future !


=> Hopefully, the forthcoming Exceptional EU Heads of State/Governments Summit, Focusing, precisely, on Sanctions for Turkey's Provocations and insults, WarMongering and Bullying by WarShips, in South-Eastern Mediterranean, (particularly After this Exceptional EU Parliament's quasi-Unanimity to Strongly Condemn Ankara's Latest NAFTEX for illegal Drillings in EU Member Cyprus' EEZ, Dated 15 September and Applicable until October 12 : Comp. Supra),  is due to Arrive in Less than 1 Week's Time (September 24-25) ...

 

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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