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EUROCORPS German Presidency (2017-19) Spokesman to EF on Drones use: Not scheduled, but Nor Excluded

Pisac ACM
07. 09. 2017.
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- During the incoming German Presidency of EUROCORPS for 2 Years (9/2017 - 8/2019), the use of Drones, announced Earlier this week by the New French Defense Minister Florence Parly, is Not yet Scheduled, but Neither Excluded, replied, in substance, to an "Eurofora" Question that European Army's Press Spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Kirchenbauer.


He spoke shortly after a Change of Command, from the out-going Spanish Lieutenant-General Alfredo Ramirez to the in-coming German Lieutenant-General Jürgen Weigt, Earlier this Morning, but before the forthcoming German Election of September 24.

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Meanwhile, Parly, concluding French Army's Summer 2017 meetings, had Announced that France intends to Start using Drones Both for Surveillance and for Armed Operations, but always under Human and not Robotic control for the respect of Rules of Engagement.


The move is due to Start, at Short Term, by using USA-Bought "REAPERS" Military Drones, (particularly for Wide Areas such as around Sahara, etc), but is due to unfold, Later-on, with the Creation of European Drones, as she said a few Months after a Franco-German Inter-Governemental Summit in Paris, chaired by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, who Highighted various Decisions and prospects also on Joint Projects for New Defence Equipments.

 

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The New EUROCORPS' Commander, General Weigt, took over his duties at a ceremony symbolically held in EU Parliament's Headquarters in Strasbourg, as a Senior Officer had Warned "Eurofora" during a Press Conference by Top MEP Arnauld Danjean, EU's Rapporteur on Security /Defence Policy, and Experienced former President of EU Parliament's relevant Committee, now Heading its Delegation for NATO, (who had, then, Replied to other Topical Questions raised by "Eurofora" : Comp. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/topmepdanjeanonsecuritydefenseandbrexit.html).

 

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EU Parlament has repeatedly and Strongly supported EUROCORPS' prospects at the Core of EU's Defence Policy, which is notoriously due to be Boosted Nowadays soon, particularly after the recent developments about UK's "BREXIT" and in accordance with the Strategic Decisions just taken by the Latest EU Heads of State/Government Summit on June 2017 in Brussels, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReport from the spot).


EUROCORPS, Headquartered in Strasbourg, has as "Framework" Nations France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg, but also Poland as a New, evolving Member, while Many Other EU Countries have posted "Liaison Officers" here, and more are expected to join, sooner or later, in one way or another. It has also been used for Cooperation with NATO, and Headed Operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan (International Missions), Mali and Central Africa (EU Missions), etc. More Recently, it has started to Lead also EU's Battle Group, as on 2016.

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As a Multi-National but also Multi-Modal Force, destinated to Lead the Staff of Thousands of Soldiers from several Countries, EUROCORPS has been recently trained to Monitor Both Land, Sea and Air Military Operations in an organized whole. Therefore, it appears Logical to expect that, sooner of later, it would also Include the New Technologies of Drones inside its overall Activities' Know-how.


- However, at least as things stand, "Nothing is Scheduled" yet for Drones, Replied EUROCORPS' Press Spokesman, L-C. Kirchenbauer to a relavant Question by "Eurofora".


- But this goes only "For the Moment", he specified, i.e. withOut Excluding a priori eventual developments, in this direction, Later-on during the Incoming 24-Months-Long Period of the German rotating Presidency.


- Simply, "we canNot Speculate" about that Today, EUROCORPS' Press Spokesman carefully explained.


  - "Eurofora"s Co-Founder has often covered "EUROCORPS"' main developments, already from its Creation, back on 1993, until now, on 2017, Publishing initially at "TCWeekly" and afterwards on "Eurofora", (Comp. various relevant Articles/Interviews searchable in this Newsite, etc).

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    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

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        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

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    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

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