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EU Parliament President Tajani to EF: Cooperate with CoE on Web Journalist Daphne Murder Enquiry ?!

Автор ACM
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/-
Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question, EU Parliament's new President, the experienced former EU Commissioner and f. Minister, Antonio Tajani, from Italy, anounced his Readiness to eventually Cooperate with CoE's PanEuropean Organisation on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, in the Investigation of the recent Brutal Murder of Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, who was Killed by the Explosion of a Bomb in her car, apparently for the Strong Criticism that she used to exert on some Top Political Figures in her Country, as well as several Anti-Corruption Enquiries, that she Published in her Web "Notebook" at the Internet frequently, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/wejournalistmurder.html).


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"Eurofora" had asked EU Parliament's President, during this November 2017 Plenary Session in Strasbourg, whether he would consider Cooperating with the CoE (which is also located, and even Headquartered in Strasbourg), in order to ensure an Efficient Enquiry on Daphne's Murder, about which, both her Family and various Other Observers, had already raised several Question Marks.


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 - Tajani considered Possible an eventual Cooperation between EU Parliament and the CoE for that purpose : - "May be", was his First Positive Reaction to "Eurofora"s relevant Question.


- "We shall see", EU Parliament's President added carefully, but promising to seriously consider that point.


- At any case, "We (EU Parliament) are Ready to Cooperate with Everybody" in order to elucidate that brutal murder, President Tajani clearlly offered.


- And he told us that he "knew" that EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, had drafted a landmark Report in the Past for the Cooperation between the EU and CoE, (See Infra).


- He was speaking to "Eurofora" about that "International Investigation" that he found "Necessary", as he stressed earlier.


- Because "We (EU) want (at least) to Know the Name of the Killer", he previously pointed out.


+ "This is not against any Government in Malta etc", Tajani explained beforehand, Speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg, including "Eurofora".


=> - "It's simpy because We (EU Parliament) want to Protect Press Freedom, and the work of All Journalists", the President of the 28 Member States-strong Parliament underlined, as a matter of Principle.

 
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>>> Significantly, he Replied to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"s Question on the sidelines of a Press Conference for the Official Inauguration of  EU Parliament's reNovated Press Briefing Room in Strasbourg, Named, Today, after the brutally Murdered Maltese Journalist Brutally Murdered for her Critical Web News Publications at the Internet : "Salle Daphne Caruana-Galizia", (See relevant "Eurofora" Photo).


The Move (made also with the support of "Reporters without Borders" NGO for Press Freedom) follows a Tradition initiated, in the Past, with Brussels' Building for MEPs and EU Parliament's Secretariat, whose Press Briefing Room has been Named "Anna Politkovskaya", (with the support of the "International Federation of Journalists", after the Murdered Russian Journalist who was reportedly covering mainly the Chechen Issue before being Killed. Many Suspects have been reportedly Arrested, since then, and 6 finaly Condemned in Prison, but the initial Instigator allegedly seems to have not been found yet.


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- The relevant Fact that EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, had written, in the Past, an landmark Report on the "Cooperation between the EU and the CoE", after an Official Demand made by CoE's 47 Heads of State/Government, at a PanEuropean Summit in Warsaw, Poland, on 2005, (Comp. "Eurofora" co-Founder's NewsReports from Warsaw, then, published at "TCWeekly"), and presented  a few Years Later in a Press Conference at the CoE in Strasbourg (See "Eurofora"s Newsreport, with Juncker's Replies to our Questions, at : ...), was apparently known to Tajani as he told us, (Comp. Supra).


+ Previously, Concluding an Exceptional Debate among Political Parties' Leaders at EU Parliament on Daphne's brutal Murder, during the 2nd Plenary Session of October 2017, EU Commission's 1st Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, had already evoked a "Cooperation with the Maltese Authorities, and OTHER BODIES that Could be Implicated in the Investigation".


- As for "this (EU) Commission, (it) will leave no stone unturned in that area to make sure that this Atrocious, Barbarous Assassination does Not lead to the conclusion which is clearly wanted by those who perpetrated it : namely that we doN’t Dare ask Questions or we don’t dare Investigate. This will Not happen. This is a Promise I make on behalf of the (EU) Commission", he had concluded.


=> - " The effect of such a public display of Barbarism – which this assassination was – the intended effect, of course, is to Intimidate, to make sure that no investigation is carried out any more, that nothing is pursued, that others will be Self-Censoring their own investigation. I think this is the biggest Challenge we face: that we are Not intimidated by what was done; that we as Europeans collectively accept the responsibility in the EU to make sure that we are not intimidated; that institutions can function independently; that perpetrators are brought to justice; that if this is linked to organised crime or to corruption, that this is pursued", Timmermans had said.


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Meanwhile, COE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, from Norway, and CoE Assembly's President, Stella Kyriakides, from Cyprus, were among those who Published a clear Condamnation of Daphne's brutal Murder, urging for an Investigation to Find and Punish those responsible for that Crime, according to ECHR's case-law.


In addition to the ECHR, CoE has also a PanEuropean Commissioner for Human Rights ;  a special Mechanism for Dealing with various serious Attacks against Journalists, in Cooperation with several Press Freedom NGOs ;  an Assembly composed by MEPs present also in the National Parliament of each Member Country, and exposed to eventual Sanctions in case of various wrongdoings ; a Committee of Ministers responsible for Monitoring the Implementation of ECHR's Judgements by Member States ; Many specific Resolutions, Recommendations, Conventions, Decisions, comprehensive Studies, Legal Experts, and various other Texts specifically on Press Freedom and Protection of Journalists, on which the Organisation has a Long Experience, (etc).  

 

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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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