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EU slams Turkey +bloody Islamist Terrorism, Stands by France, United by Shared Values +Common Fight

Written by ACM
Thursday, 29 October 2020

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU's 27 Leaders Unanimously "Condemned" the "Barbaric" Islamist Terrorist Attacks which Decapitated a SchoolTeacher and 2 Women in a Church, with its Sacristan, in France, in the Context of Hateful and "Absolutely Unacceptable" "Provocations" and "Rhetoric" by Turkey, which "has chosen a Path"  Leading to EU Sanctions, as Europeans "are totaly Determined ...to Defend" our "Shared Values", "United" Together.

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- "I am, wholeHeartedly, with France !", and "Condemn the Abominable and Brutal Attack of Nice, this Morning", stressed from the outset, at a subsequent Press Conference, also EU Commission's President, Ursula von der Leyen

 - "The Whole Europe is in Solidarity with France. We Stay United and Determined vis a vis Fanatism", she vowed.

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- EU Council's President, Charles Michel, underlined later, in this same Press Conference,  EU Leaders' "Determination to be Respected" by Turkey.

- Earlier, at the Beginning of "October" 2020, "We (EU)had a Strategic Debate on ...our Relationship with Turkey", on the occasion of "the Eastern Mediterranean" EU Energy Resources' row, he Reminded. - "We ...Agreed to work on 2 Tracks. A Positive track (i.e. a Cooperation Partnership Offer), and a Less positive one", (i.e. Vowing to Use All Available EU Means, from Economic and Financial, up to Legal, Security/Defense, etc. including Sanctions, to Make Ankara Behave), thus "Offering a clear way to work towards a positive agenda with Turkey".

=> However, "So Far, Turkey has Not Chosen this ("Positive") Path", But Obviously the Negative one, (i.e. Leading to Sanctions), Michel clearly Denounced, Warning Ankara for the Consequences...

>>> Thus, "We (EU Leaders) Condemn" the "Recent  ... Provocations and Rhetoric" of Turkey mainly against France, (i.e. Repeated, "Too Vulgar", as German Chancelor Merkel Denounced, Insults versus President Macron, Interference in France's Internal Home Policies, Calls to "Boycott" French Products, etc), as well as, Even More "Unilateral Action in Eastern Mediterranean"'s EU Energy Hub, particularly around EU Members Greece and Cyprus, (such as illegal "Drillings" and/or Turkish GunBoats in their EEZ, etc), "which are Completely Unacceptable".

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(Homage to Samuel Paty at Sorbonne Historic University, in Paris)

    + Therefore, Instead of pushing towards "Division" between "Communities and Religions", as the Turkish President Erdogan, Notoriously did Recently, targetting France, but, in fact, affecting all the EU and well beyond, f.ex. in the case of Press Freedom of Expression, (where, Already, the 1st Big Massive Massacre of Civilians by Islamist Terrorists had been committed in Paris, since 2015, at the "Charlie Hebdo" Coward Attacks against Journalists, Followed Nowadays by SchoolTeacher Samuel Paty's BeHeading on 2020, etc), and/or around France's Recent Efforts to Protect the Country and its People from Foreign States' Interference spreading "Separatism" particularly under disguise of Religious Extremism, (f.ex. via "Imams" Recruited, Trained, Paid and Controled from Abroad, as in Turkey's case, also inside Germany, and Other EU Countries), on the Contrary, "Leaders around the World" should "Work Towards Dialogue and Understanding", an EU Summit's Official Declaration "Called".

    => "Standing United and Firm, in ... Solidarity with France, with the French People and the Government of France, in ... Common and continued Fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism", the 27 EU Leaders "Condemned, in the Strongest possible terms, these (Recent Deadly Islamist) Terrorist Attacks in France", "which represent Attacks on our Shared Values", the Brussels' Summit's Declaration stressed.

    => Thus, the EU Council is "totally Determined to pull Together and to stand United, as a European Family, to Defend the Values of Freedom, Democracy and the rule of Law", its President, Michel, pointed out, (Reminding the RDV of "December" 2020 Full EU Summit, in order to "revert to This Topic", as Turkey's Last Chance).

 

 

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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