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New CoE Chair, MFA Soini to EF on 1st Test of Finland's Presidency: ECHR Judgements' Execution+

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- What has just become the "First Test" of CoE's Committee of Ministers' new Presidency by Finland was evoked, Today, in a short but Topical Question/Reply exchange between the incoming Chairman of the PanEuropean Organisation's Highest Political Body, its Committee of Ministers, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini and "Eurofora", during the Ceremonies for the Official Hand-over of Power from Croatian deputy Prime Minister
Marija Pejčinović Burić, (Comp. Buric's Replies to "Eurofora" Questions at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeminoritiesprotection20yearsafter.html), in the Palace of Europe, followed by a relevant Flag Change Event in Strasbourg :

 

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 - New CoE's President-in-office, Minister Soini, clearly confirmed, indeed, in his reply to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, that, Yes, Finland's Presidency intends to pay due Attention in the Implementation of ECHR's Judgements, during its Short in Time but Crucial 6 Months-Long term : the key period of November 2018 - May 2019.

 

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+ We are aware of the Fact that Finland's CoE Presidency takes over in the middle of Huge "Challenges", and amidst a particularly High "Pressure", but we really intend to Focus on CoE's "Essentials" nowaday, i.e. "Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law", he confirmed earlier.


Indeed, a "particular" rank is held by "the respect for the European Court’s judgments", also inside Finland's CoE Presidency's Programme, that Soini presented Officially Today at the PanEuropean Organisation's Top body, its Committee of Ministers' mid-2018 special meeting.

 

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 This is only the 2nd Time that Finland chairs the CoE, 20 Years after the 1st he reminded, evoking the Chairmanship by Finnish f. Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen during the 1990ies, before that also of the EU on 1999, that "Eurofora"s co-Founder had Interviewed then (Both Published at "TCWeekly"), as well as also, later-on, after she was Elected Finland's President, including at UNO's Climat Summit at Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2009 (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/halonen.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/copenhagen1.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2010extremeweathereventscausereply.html, + 2012 for the UN: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/halonenunoreport.html, etc).

++ On this occasion, Soini also Replied Positively to another "Eurofora"s Question about the particularly "Important" Nowadays, (among various Other "Issues raised by Digital Technologies vis a vis Human Rights"), area of "Artificial Intelligence", which is part and parcel of another Finnish Priority.

 

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+++ Ambassador Satu Mattila-Budich added to "Eurofora" that this choice was agreed with the CoE also because of a wish to prepare a relevant Recommendation asap.


Interestingly, Finland takes over afterwards also EU's rotating Presidency soon, and this would stimulate useful InterActions between the PanEuropean, 47 Member States strong CoE and the 28 EU Countries' more Economic and Political, powerful Group.


=> In this Context, a Crucial "1st Test" has just Started to Emerge in Strasbourg for the incoming Finland's CoE Presidency, which will have to Face, First of all, Turkey's Openly Declared Claim to Refuse to Comply with its Commitment to execute several ECHR's Judgements which have pronounced Clear Condamnations for serious Human Rights' Violations :


- Already since September 2018, Turkey has Started to put into Real Practice its explicit Threat of June 2018 to .. Bycott CoE's Committee of Ministers' Human Rights sessions dedicated to its Duty to Supervise the Execution of ECHR's Judgements, according to the relevant PanEuropean Legal Convention, unless if CoE Yields to Ankara's Blackmail to entirely Stop even Examining the situation regarding the Implementation of a Series of ECHR's Decisions which have already Condemned Turkey for manifold Violations in cases of Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons, (illegaly Hindered to Return Back and/or to have Access to their Family Homes, Ancestral Land and other Private Properties in their Ancestral Land, Occupied by the Turkish Foreign Army since its 1974 Military Invasion at the Northern Part of Cyprus, See, f.ex. : ..., etc).


 Ankara's Representatives, indeed, Refused to Participate in the Latest CoE Committee of Ministers' Human Rights Session on the execution of ECHR Judgements Condemning Turkey for continuing Violations of the Rights of Both Refugees/IDPs, and even "Missing" Persons and their Families, (9/2018), insisting to Press COE to "Close" all those Pending Files.


Reacting, CoE's Highest Political Body, its Committee of Ministers, issued a 1st Official Decision, to "Deplore" Turkey's Refusal "to Cooperate" in that field, since September 2018, and Warned Ankara that such moves go Against CoE Member States' Commitments,  (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/turkeuyrefusescooperationwithcoe.html (etc).


- And that Turkey's attempt to Blackmail the CoE in order to "Close" several such Pending Cases concerning Cyprus (Comp. Supra), was also Denounced as being "of course, UnAcceptable", as it was said to "Eufora" by Austrian Ambassador to the CoE, Gerhard Jandl, who currently Chairs the EU Member States' Group inside the PanEuropean CoE, (See, f.ex., http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucoereactonturkeyrefusaltocooperate.html, etc).

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The incoming Finland's Presidency of the CoE is expected to Face that UnPrecedented Turkish Obstruction just in a Few Days : Soon after the Beginning of December 2018, during the Next CoE's Committee of Ministers' Human Rights Session, (from 8/12/2018), when Ankara seeks to Impose, through the above mentioned Blackmail, its Demand to definitively "Close" those Files on Refugees/IDPs and even Missing persons in Cyprus, even if the relevant ECHR's Judgements have Not Yet been fully implemented.


=> But, what Turkey demands with such a Blackmail on the CoE, simply "is Impossible !", sharply Reacted afterwards CoE's Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE)new Rapporteur on the Execution of ECHR's Judgements, Evangelos Venizelos, an Experienced former Many Times Minister (of Foreign, Economy and Defense, etc), and Deputy Prime Minister from Greece, in Reply to a relevant Question by "Eurofora", earlier in Strasbourg, (See : ...). Venizelos is PACE's Rapporteur on such Key Issues for the Next 2 Years.

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+ As for the New President of PACE, Swiss MEP Liliane Maury Pasquier, (Comp. various earlier Pasquier's Statements to "Eurofora", f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/newpacepresidentpasquier.html, etc), after regretting, earlier, for not having been oficially "Informed" yet on that CoE's Committee of Ministers' latest Decision on Turket (Comp. Supra), Reserved her official Reaction for later-on, (See : ...).

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+ Meanwhile, Turkey's relevant Behavior popped up also at anOther ECHR Affair, earlier this week in Strasbourg, when the PanEuropean Court just Decided, Yesterday (Tuesday, 19 November 2018), to Ask Ankara for the Immediate Release friom Prison of the Leader of an Alternative Leftist Party, Demirtas, who has been Jailed for Too Long, even without any Court's Ruling yet :


 - Indeed, the Turkish President, Tayip Erdogan, reportedly declared now Ankara Government's blunt Refusal to Liberate MEP Demirtas, slamming ECHR's relevant Judgement, that he will Not implement, as he said, (See, f.ex.: ..., etc)...


=> But CoE's Head Spokesman, Daniel Holtgen from Germany, clearly Reminded to Turkey the Fact that, according to the ECHR and CoE's basic Treaties, All Member States of the PanEuropean Organisation have undertaken the Basic Commitment to Implement all CoE's Judgements, as reported just Yesterday "AFP" Agency, from France, (the Next CoE's Chair, from May to November 2019).



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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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