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

Pisac ACM
17. 09. 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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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


- But, meanwhile, Sarkozy energetically spearheaded an Historic 1st Summit of EuroZone's 15 Heads of State and Government at EU's core, exceptionally enlarged to a partial participation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on October 12 in Paris' Elysee palace, which started to tackle succesfully the growing world Financial crisis.

    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...


    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

- "If Europe doesn't take its part for Peace in the Middle-East, nobody else will do that in our place", Sarkozy stressed.
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    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

    - On Climat-Energy, the 2007 German EU Presidency had fixed a triple 20% aim for 2020 (20% renewable Energies, 20% reduction of CO2 emmission, 20% energy efficience/economies), and the 2008 French EU Presidecny realized that, making the necessary compromises in order to modernize EU's industry, but without throwing some former Central-Eastern European Countries into abrupt Economic break down risking "social explosion".

    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

    It was meant to reply to the crucial question : What kind of Europe do we want in 10 or 20 Years from now : A large Market, or a Political Europe, with a popular identity ? In Sarkozy's thinking, presented in his 2 landmark speeches on Europe in Strasbourg, shortly before and after the 2007 Elections, (on February and July 2007), Turkey's controversial EU bid would be incompatible with the second choice.

    It's true that EU Commision's Chairman, Jose Barroso, (who had notoriously declared, as former Portuguese Prime Minister, that he found "nonsense" the idea that Europe might become equal to the US), had repeatedly tried to avoid that Sarkozy's criticism on Turkey might start winning a larger audience in Europe, preferring a discrete "wismens' committee" work. And that most of the personalities later chosen in order to participate in a Committee on Europe's Future, are too much linked with Socialist parties and/or American policies, to be really critical of USA's notorious wish to impose Turkey to the EU, as Sarkozy had noted himself since March 2007..

     - "It's on EU Council's presidency to take political initiatives. EU Commission has other competences", stressed Sarkozy. The "European Ideal" is to "build Europe with the States, not against them". "Ask Europeans to chose between their countries and Europe won't work. You don't choose between your two parents : We must add them together".

    "France and Germany have an Historic Duty to work together, precisely because of what happened to the Past. We have to work hand by hand. We cannot be separated.It goes beyond me and Mrs Merkel today, Mr Schroeder and Mr. Chirac yesterday. It's not a choice, it's a duty to Europe and to the World".  "We need Germany, as Germany needs Europe". Compromise is inevitable, here as everywhere, and each one made some steps towards eachother's positions.

    But "it's true that Mrs Merkel didn't chose her Socialist partners, while I chose mine", Sarkozy said, in an indirect hint that the Socialist Minister of Finance in Germany might be a cause of minor past disagreements in Economy, which were overcome in recent negotiations.

    "We (France and Germany) have particular duties in Europe", but "in a Europe of 27 Member States, it's not enough for France and Germany to agree between them.

    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.

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