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Macron on EU role in Mediterranean Safety+Energy (S/E) with Cyprus Leader, eyes Defense faces Turkey

Автор ACM
Четверг, 23 Июль 2020
 
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-  A "Sovereign and Géopolitical Europe" canNot Abandon to Foreign States the big "Security and Energy" Stakes in Mediterranean Sea, particularly at its South-Eastern Area, where EU Member States Cyprus and Greece must be Protected in front of Turkey's Bullying, which needs "Sanctions", stressed French President Emmanuel Macron, while receiving, at Elysée Palace in Paris, the President of Strategic Island Cyprus, Nicos Anastassiades, with whom he Wans to Boost Cooperation on Defense, before a crucial "MED-7" Summit, "at the End of August, or at the Beginning of September" 2020, as he announced Today, being partly but topically Echoed also from EU Parliament up to the USA etc., (See Infra).

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- Speaking shortly After an Exceptionaly Important EU Heads of State/Government Summit in Brussels, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euhardbutbigdealneedsmore.html, etc), where its Franco-German core succeeded to reach a 27 Member States' Agreement on a "Revival Plan and Budget", "Condition" for "a more Ambitious and Sovereign Europe", as he pointed out, Macron Focused, Now, on "the Great Importance, for All Europeans, of Our Borders (and) Our Sovereignity, particularly in (South) Eastern Mediterranean" :

 -  A "Vital" Area "for All Our (EU's) Countries, where Energy and Security Issues have Become Nowadays of Essential Importance, and are at the origin of Power Struggles, in particulalry of Turkey and Russia, which affirm themselves more and more, where the EU does Not Yet Count Enough", But "would commit a Grave Error IF it Left Our Security in the Mediterranean at the Hands of Other Actors" : "That's Not an Option for Europe, and, at any case, Not something that France might let it be", he Vowed.

=> - In this Context, Macron "Re-Confirm(ed), anew, France's Full Solidarity with Cyprus, as well as with Greece, in front of Violations of their Sovereignity by Turkey", as he Denounced. Indeed, "it's UnAcceptable for the Maritime Area of a State which is Member of Our (Europan) Union to be Violated or Threatened ! Those who do so, Must face Sanctions, and you can Count on France's Support on this matter", he promised. Because "Europe Must Protect its Sovereignity very, very Firmly".

    Turkey has, Notoriously, Harassed, (with WarShips) and Chassed Away an Italian "ENI" Energy Company's Ship due to Explore for more Oil/Gas Resources in EU Member Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone, repeatedly Threatened Many Others, Blocked off-shore Energy Explorations (including by France's "TOTAL", etc) with Arbitrary "Military Exercises" of the Turkish Navy, and Even, Provocatively, send, several Times, Its Own so-called "Exploration Ships", as "Barbaros" (sic !), etc. illegaly Inside Cyprus' EEZ. So that EU's Heads of State/Governments' Summits in Brussels have, Clearly and Repeatedly Condemned such Blatant Turkish Violations of the Interational Law of the Sea, even an EU Member's own Territorial Waters, (something that Ankara, nevertheless, Repeated, Afterwards, Also against Greece, in its EEZ at the Aegean Sea, Triggering Similar EU and USA Reactions). See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from concerned EU Summits in Brussels, as, f.ex., at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macronimportanteustatementoncyprusturkey.html, etc.

    *** In Fact, EU disposes a Big New Potential in Natural Energy Sources (particularly Climate-Friendly Gas, withOut C02, etc) around EU Member Cyprus' Southern Coasts, to which are Added Also important Neighbouring Israel and Egypt's (probably Lebanon's too) similar UnderSea Resources, at the South-Eastern Mediterranean Round Hub, (Between 3 Continents), which has, basically, a Similar Geology to that of Oil/Gas - Rich "Gulf of Mexico", Thanks to which, the USA reportedly Covered Recently More than +50% of their Huge Energy Needs, soon Becoming (in Addition, Also, with some Other New Findings on Land) ... Exporters of Energy, for the 1st Time in their History !  Other Energy Resources are believed (already since 1974) to be at Greece's EEZ in the Aegean Sea, and, more Recently, around Creta Island, at the large.

    Cyprus, Egypt, and Israel have already Agreed in Delimitating their respective EEZ's (with Similar Negotiations evolving Later for Lebanon too), and are closely Cooperating Together on Common Energy Issues there, (Including with several Plans to Transfer Energy products into the EU, particularly with Israel, inter alia, also via the EU-Sponsored "East-MED" Pipeline project, and/or by Transforming Gas into Electricity on the spot, and Transporting it by an UnderSea Cable, as well as by Modern, High-Tech Ships able to carry Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, etc). With the expected Result for Europe to have, in the foreseable Future, Energy DIRECTLY Transported into EU's Industrial Core, i.e. Faster, Safer, and Cheaper than if it had, Otherwise, to Cross various Intermediaries...  

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    Macron has Already Spoken with "Eurofora" on that Issue, (which We are Following Since 2000/2001 : See Our relevant Publications, then, at "TCWeekly", etc), as Early as Since he was Economy Minister, Back on 2015 in Strasbourg (See: ..., etc), but also, Later-on, as President of the Republic, on 2017, during the "G20" Summit in Hamburg, Germany, (See: ..., etc). A Recent, New Possibility to, Eventualy, Help Resolve the Current Problem of EU's Need for "Own Resources" from 2021, was, also, Suggested by "Eurofora" on the occasion of the Latest EU Summit's Conclusions in Brussels on 21 July 2020, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euhardbutbigdealneedsmore.html, etc).

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    + "We (EU) Face, Also, the fact that Sovereignity is at Stake in Libya too", where "we canNot just Let some Foreign Powers, whoever they might be, Violate the Arms' Embargo", firmly stressed the French President, (shortly after even a Franch Ship, participating in a relevant EU Mission, was notoriously Bullied by Turkish Warships when it tried to Check a Cargo Suspected to Smuggle Prohibited Weapons towards the Tripoli Camp in Libya, against the Benghazi one - the Biggest). That's why "the (EU) Operation <<IRINI>> (Versus Arms' Trafficking towards Libya) is one  of the European Replies, But it still Needs to be Strengthened, in order to gain in Credibility. It's a Necessary Condition in order to obtain a Cease-Fire, and trigger a real Impetus towards a Political Solution of the Libyan Conflict".

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(The Latest MED-7 Summit was organized in Cyprus on 2019)

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    => + "More widely speaking, EU Must engage in a Profound Analysis on the Security Issues in Mediterranean. In this Perspective, and in order to evoke All European matters", President Macron Announced his intention to "Welcome anew in France our Mediterranean Partners, on the occasion of a Summit of EU's Southern Countries, called "MED 7", towards the End of August or the Beginning of September" 2020, "which is Nowadays even More Important than Yesterday", as he pointed out.

    - Last, but not least, concerning "the Bilateral Relation" between France and Cyprus, ("which is Excellent", but "may be even More Deepened, particularly on Phrancophony and Economic Cooperation"), "it's well the Strategic area which  Structures our Relationship", Macron stressed, "Thanking the Cypriots for the Excellent Welcome that they offer to our (French) Navy, with, Already, some 20 SeaPort Calls in 2020" !

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    - Cyprus' President Anastassiades, "noted with Satisfaction" the French President's "role, which is Not Limited to Initiatives inside Europe, (as at the Recent EU Summit, Together wih Germany : Comp. Supra), But Extends and promotes France as a Pivot Country for Stability and Security in the ...Mediterranean", whenever, Unfortunately, Europe is Absent", as he observed, while Also "Thanking France for its Interest and always Firm Stance regarding the Solution of Cyprus' Issue".

 

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    => "In particular", he "Thank(ed)" Macron "for the Initiatives undertaken so that, at last, the Mediterranean woN't be an Area Under Control by either Turkey, or Other Powers, But Not of Europe !"

    - Indeed, "Your Initiatives show which Should be Europe's Role, i.e. Not to beLimited into Declarations, But, through initiatives, to take over a Leading role, and Support (EU) Member States", Anastassiades stressed.

    - "What occurs during These Days, and, certainly, During the Previous Months", as, f.ex., inter alia, also "the Violation of the Republic of Cyprus' EEZ", (by Turkish Ships), "the Threat to Settle Famagusta", (a City Evacuated by its Greek Cypriot Inhabitants, obliged to Fleed Turkey's Military Invasion and Occupation since 1974, while UNO called to Preserve those Refugees' Homes, that Turkey is Now Threatening to Usurpate on 2020), "what is Going on, Or was Done, in Syria, Iraq", (i.e. even More Turkish Military Invasions and Occupations), "these Days and Hours in Greece", (i.e. a culmunation of Turkish Army's Threats, after Provocations, at Aegean Sea), "and in Libya", (where the Turkish Army is the Only Foreign Force which Intruded inside that Country, Ostensibly Importing Weapons, and Even Many Islamist Armed Gangs of various Extremists from Syria, who have Already coincided with Massive and Grave Human Rights Violations Recently Denounced by the UNO, near Tripoli, including, f.ex., Civilian People being Chassed Away, Family Homes Looted and/or Destroyed, Civilians ill-treated or Killed, etc), "show that there is a Vacuum from Europe's side !", he Deplored.

    - "But, Also, that, through Your (France's) Initiatives, a Ray of Hope Emerges, for European People, and, particularly, for the Countries Affected by the Role that Europe Must Play", Cyprus' President added, Optimistically.

    - Last, but Not Least, he said to be "Glad to Seek Together how to Deepen further our (France-Cyprus) Bilateral Relations, which are Excellent, Based on the Franco-Cypriot Strategic Agenda which was Signed on 2016, and, mainly, how to further deepen the Economic and Cultural relations, and Particularly the Cooperation on Defense", he stressed.

    >>> Indeed, on this Obviously Crucial point, President Anastassiades "ensure(d) that Cyprus will Always be the Most Welcoming Country concerning the French Navy, and Not Only" that, (Comp. Supra). In general, Cyprus "was always, and Continues to be, a Country of real Stability and Security in the Region", he Vowed. Inter alia, f.ex., in particular, he Reminded also the Fact that "we (Cyprus) Helped, in the Past, for the Evacuation of Chemicals from Syria", (to the point that one of them, Stored at the Island for Too Long, Exploded there on 2011..., See "Eurofora"s NewsReport from Elysée Palace, during a Summit there with former French President Sarkozy, at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozycounseloronhelptoinvestigatecyprusexplosion.html, and: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/cypruspeopleaskchristofiastoresign.html, etc), and "we Helped during many Crisis in the Middle East, as in the case of Lebanon, (i.e. on 2006, when former French President Chirac took a UNO Mandate to Lead an International Peace-Keeping Force, between the Lebanese and Israeli Borders, in order to Succesfully Stop a Deadly Rockets' Conflict Between the 2 Neighbouring Countries, with the Help, Also of an EU-led Naval Force Monitoring the Coasts, which was Hosted in Cyprus, under German Leadership, then Visited also by Chacellor Angie Merkel : See "Eurofora" co-Founder's NewsReport, with Replies to Our Questions from Elysée Palace's Press Spokesman, Published, then, at "The Cyprus Weekly", etc).

    +"And, Eventually, If Needed, We (Cyprus) Will ANew Contribute in This Direction", he Promised for the Future. "Thanks Also to our Bilateral Relations with all Neighbouring Countries", (i.e. Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordany, Greece, Malta, etc. with the Only Exception, until now, of Turkey, which, notoriously, still Occupies illegaly a Part of the Island, since a 1974 Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation, insisting to Refuse even to have Normal Diplomatic Relations with the EU, UNO and CoE Member State of the Republic of Cyprus...).

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    *** In the MeanTime, the Strategically Located Island (Unique in the World to be Located at the Crossroads of 3 Continents : Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as, directly Facing the Inter-Continental "Suez" Channel, etc), had its Defense Minister, Charalambos Petrides, meet officially in Paris, Earlier Today, with his French Counterpart, Florence Parly, Armies' Minister, (who had Already Visited Cyprus previously).

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    + By a Timely Coincidence, Macron's and Anastassiades' above-mentioned Topical Concerns vis a vis Turkey's Bullying, were Also Echoed at EU Parliament, in Brussels :

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    Speaking just Before a Public MEPs' Debate, with EU Council and EU Commission's Leaders, Michel and Von der Leyen, on the Outcome of the Latest EU Summit, the experienced President of the Biggest Political Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Manfred Weber, from Germany, strongly Slamed Turkey's behavior on the "very Urgent Issue" of "the Situation in the Mediterranean Sea", as he stressed.

- "We saw the Military Actions from the Turkish side, (now against Greece, but also, earlier, vis-a-vis Cyprus), we Also saw the decisions on the Hagia Sophia, which is an example of religious Chauvinism that such a Symbol and as a Monument of Peace and reconciliation is now changed", (from a 1.110 Years Old Christian Church, into a Mosque), Weber Denounced from the outset.

- "This is Not only a Greek–Turkish issue, it is not only a Cyprus–Turkish issue, it is a European–Turkish issue !", he underlined.  

=> - "That's Why", "We (EU) have to give Clear Signals that we Stand on the Side of Our (European) Citizens in Greece and in Cyprus", Weber Urged, Stressing that this was said in "the presence of President Michel and President von der Leyen". At any case, "we should keep the Dialogue open (vis a vis Ankara), no doubt about this".

>>> "But, Now it is the Time to Act, probably also to consider Sanctions Against Turkey. We (EU) have to Act and we have to act Now !", he Urged.

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    ++ Moreover, it's Even USA's Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Reeker, who, Speaking on Turkey, Later Today, he reportedly Stressed,  that - "We (USA) are Concerned about Actions that are Provocative and Raise Tensions".

    - "Indeed, "US is Deeply Concerned about Turkey’s stated plans to Survey for natural Resources in Areas over which Greece and Cyprus Assert Jurisdiction in the Eastern Mediterranean", he confirmed.

    => As a Consequence, USA is "Urging the Turkish Authorities to HOLD operations that Raise Tensions", USA's Key competent Foreign Policy Top Official reiterated, (while Also reportedly Confirming, inter alia, that the Greek Island of Kastelorizo, Near the Turkish Coasts, Between EU Members Greece and Cyprus,  has an UnderSea Shelf, according to the International Law of the Sea).

 

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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