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French PrimeMinister Philippe: New Strategy versus Radicalisation and Strasbourg Terror Attack Query

Written by ACM
Thursday, 11 April 2019

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to Journalists, including "Eurofora", after an Exceptional Inter-Ministerial Gathering on Preventing Radicalisation, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, announced a "New Strategy", following an analysis of Strasbourg's Terrorist Attack (December 2018), which, however, apparently still leaves some Key Questions open, as it results from what told us also the City's Major, f. Senator Roland Ries, in a subsequent Press-point, (See Infra).

 

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Flanked by an impressive Group of Ministers, (not only for Home Affairs and Justice,  but also for Education, Scientific Research, Health, Urban Housing, Sport, Anti-Discrimination, etc), the Prime Minister announced his venue to Strasbourg Journalists almost at the Laste Minute, (with an Email send, through a Mobile Phone by Matignon's Press Service at ...21 h, to which "Eurofora" Replied via Internet at ... 3 o'clock in the Morning !, amidst CoE Assembly, EU Parliament, CLRAE and ECHR, and various other Events, which didn't let Time not even to sleep overnight during this OverLoaded period, in the run up towards the Last EU Parliament's Plenary before the crucial forthcoming May 2019 European Elections of May 2019...

The main Aim was to Take Stock of 1 Year of Anti-Radicalisation Policy of the new Government (2018-2019), and to Decide on the Measures needed for this 2nd Year (2019-2020), Considering also the Lessons learned, Meanwhile, with the December 2018 Islamist Terrorist Attack against Strasbourg's Christmas Market, where 5 innocent Civilian People had been Cowardly Targetted and Brutally Murdered, several others wounded, during EU Parliament's Session, (Comp., f.ex. : ..., etc). On this Occasion, 3 or 4 of those Ministers would Visit various relevant Events organized around Strasbourg and other neighbouring Cities, for several actions on JHA, Universities, and even Sports, etc.

- "ISIS has Fallen Down. After 5 Years of Terror, its Territorial Control in Syria and Iraq has been Demolished, thanks to the action of the International Coalition and of our Armies", the French Prime Minister pointed out from the Start, in his Press Statements, (after the Meeting was Extended 1 Hour More than what had been initially scheduled).

- But, "we must Not Lower our Guard". Because "Battles are going on not only in that Syrian-Iraqi area, but also Elsewhere in the World, and even Here, in our Land", he Warned. Indeed, "We Know that the Endogenous (as he called it : See Infra) Terrorist Threat still stays, that she evolves, she has Not Disappeared. The Recent Attacks prove it", he noted, soberly.

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Stock-taking :

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 - Meanwhile, already, "since February 2018", "our 1st Priority always is Not to let Centers of Radicalisation free to act, but Fight Against those who push them", Philippe reminded, as far as Stock-Taking was concerned.

=> Thus, f.ex., "we went, in a Spirit of Republican Riconquista, ... to Regain our Internal Borders : .. In the Suburbs where we Focused our Action, 4 "Schools withOut Contracts" were Closed, 7 Places for Worship (including a Salafist Mosque) were Closed", while a New Law "renovated the Monitoring of Private Establishments withOut Contract, in order to Avoid composts of Radicalisation", so that "the Procedure of Opposition to their Opening was triggered for 15 Times" until now.

 - "But this Fight against Radicalisation must also take place even Inside the Schools of the (French) Republic", he added. So that, f..ex., "Secular Units were set up in each Academy, 350 Professionals Trained, ready to Help Teachers to face eventual Attacks against Republican Values", and "more than 1.000 Situations were Noted and Treated : While Before that, they existed, but were often Silenced, Hidden or escamotated, from Now on, we Face them", he stressed. + And, "in our Times, full of Fake News and Plot stories, Needing to develop a Critical Spirit to our Youth, ..and the Intellectual Tools allowing to take Distance and raise Questions, More Efforts are necessary": F.ex., "on 2019, the Week of Press and Medias in School mobilized more than 18.000 Establishments, in cooperation with 2.800 Médias partners".

+ Similar Struggle also "inside Prisons, ...where, f.ex., the Building of WaterProof Quarters was Accelerated, in order to Separate from Ordinary Inmates, those Detainees Condemned for Terrorist Crimes, or Spoted as Radicalized". And "we Accelerate the establishment of PluriDisciplinary Teams to Monitor Radicalisation and Accompagny Detainees in their process of Disengagement", while also "Strengthening the means of Penitentiaries' Intelligence", etc.

++ Moreover, "this Fight has also to be fought even inside the World of Sport", f.ex. in "Gyms", etc. : Because "we Refuse that Sport, in general, a number of Associations or Equipments, become areas of Communautarism and withdrawal/closure" : So that "a Mechanism of Sensibilisation, set up by the Ministry of Sports, has mobilized Nowadays 2.000 Actors specialy Trained, and 34 Sports' Federations have now a "Citizenship referant", (etc).

+++ At the Same Time, "Efforts were made to Return Back from our (France's) Borders, to Expel from the National Territory, those who came to import Hate and Division : Since April 2018, about 300 Aliens in Irregular situation, Registered  in the Files for prevention of Terrorism-related Radicalisation ("FSFRT"), were Pushed Away or Abandoned the National Territory", he pointed out.

=> This State of Affairs might be Positive, But, Obviously, we are Not Satisfied by that", and "we Want to do Better", Philippe critically vowed for the foreseable Future.

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+ "New Strategy" :

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- Indeed, Today, we (the "Inter-Ministerial Committee for Prevention of Crime and Radicalisation") have chosen to be in Strasbourg, ...in order to show that, 4 Months After that Attack which killed 5 Persons in the Christmas' Market (12/2018), ... our Determination -that of the Government, of the Local Representatives, of the entire Nation, has Not faltered". But, it's also because "this Morning, We wanted to Draw the Conclusions of that Attack", Philippe pointed out :

- "One of the points seen at Strasbourg's Attack is that there Can be a Continuum between (ordinary) Crime, Radicalisation and Terrorism", he noted, (concerning, however, a phenomenon already seen elsewhere before, among several recent Islamist Terrorism Murders cowardly targetting Civilian People, as, f.ex., in the UK, elsewhere in France, etc, while also "Radicalisation in Prisons" was notoriously growing). "Delinquancy does not necessarily lead to Terrorism, far from that", "but" there is "a Porosity which May Lead from one to another", he noted soberly.

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+ Moreover, "this Morning, we ...reviewed also the case of the Killer of Strasbourg : Already spoted since 8 Years of Age, by the National Education, he was Condemned, for the 1st Time, at 14 Years of age, faced his 1st Jail Sentence at 16 Years of age". "At the End", we have "a Total of 24 Condemnations and 7 Years of Jail, to which are Added also the sentences given in Germany and in Switzerland"...

=> So that "his (Murderous) Act reveals the collective Incapacity of all (Public) Actors to Stop a Worrying Drift, to Stop a Criminal Drift, which, at the End, fusioned with a Radicalisation path", Denounced Philippe.

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>>> "That's why I wished ... a New Strategy to Prevent Delinquancy", the French Prime Minister announced.

- "This Strategy must be Coherent with all the Other Public Policies supported by the Government : The Public Security policies, which have a Priority in Suburbs for Republican Reconquista, but also the Strategies of Fight against Poverty, the Strategies for Protection of Children, and for Mental Health, (etc)".

- "Because when a Kid or a Teenager Drops out,  this is due to Multiple Factors - Familial, Social, Psychological - and they must be apprehended in their Globality, if we want to be able to bring a Credible and Sustainable Reply", he stressed.

 - "This Strategy will be built around certain Simple Ideas, that I shall Highlight :"

- "At First, we must intervene Earlier and Faster", the French Prime Minister warned. "The 2013-2017 Strategy to Prevent Delinquancy was Focused on the Public of 12-25" Years old, he reminded. But, "we observe -as also all (public) actors did- that there is either a General  Rejuvenation of Culprits, or, at least, they Surface at a Younger Age, which Needs to develop a capacity of an Intervention, Detection and Action much Earlier".

+ "I also propose to give to Local Actors, First of all to Elected Local Representatives, as many of them ask, the Means to Intervene vis a vis those Youngsters and their Families", Philippe added. F.ex., "the Family of the above mentioned Terrorist had been Followed by various Services during a Long Time, but, there too, withOut allowing to Avoid that Drift". => "We must Strengthen our Action there", he added.

++ "3rd simple Idea : We must go and Find those Youngsters there where they are, i.e.  often in the Streets, often at the Internet, withOut Waiting to detect them inside the Institutions", Philippe urged. "Thus, we have a lot to do in order to ameliorate Mediation work, including by Night, in Mobility, at the Internet and Social Networks", he pointed out.

+++ But, in parallel, he pointed also at the Creation of a "Scientific Council on the process of Radicalisation", which was Decided just 1 Day After the December 11, 2018, Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attack in Strasbourg (by Decree of 12/12/2018): Even earlier Today, when we met with one of the Associations workin to Prevent Delinquancy, they spoke themselves about the Need "not merely to act, but also to Think, Understand, and Develop Research in those matters", as he said, referring to "the 1st Time that this Scientific Council on Radicalisation process met on April 2 (2019), co-Chaired by the Minister for Universities, Research and Innovation, Frederique Vidal, and the JHA's Secretary of State, Laurent Nunez", (comp. Nunez' Reply to "Eurofora"s Question, at: ..., etc).

 >>> -"This Council is a Unique Initiative in Europe, in order to boost Dialogue between Institutions' representatives, Security actors, and Researchers in Human/Social Sciences", Philippe stressed : "In fact it's very Important", because "it's Indispensable to Understand Better, and to Know Better, in order to Better Act, more Efficiently", and "I Expect very much to EnLighten and Help at the Public Decision-Making" process, the French Prime Minister concluded.

 

=>  - "From Today, Opens a Period of Time for Concertation with Elected Representaives, on this "New Strategy" to Prevent Delinquancy, and this will durate Until the Summer" 2019, so that "it wil allow us to ...see Where those Tools which had been initially set up by a Law of 2007 (i.e. Before the Islamist Terrorist Attacks) on Preventing Delinqancy, must be Consolidated, and where they must be Adapted" to the new situation, Philippe concluded.

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+ However,  several Converging Facts, (particularly seen at Strasbourg's 11 December 2018 Deadly Terrorist Attack : Comp. Supra, bu also in Others), Raise Questions which do Not Yet seem to have been sufficiently (or not at all) included explicitly enough in the above-mentioned approaches, and/or, at least, remain still Open and UnAnswered until now...

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- F.ex., among others, when "Eurofora" asked the Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, during a Press-point just after Prime Minister Philippe's above-mentioned announcements to Journalists (Comp. Supra), whether the initial "Mystery" of what made the Armed Thug of 11 December 2018 to, suddenly, Become a Deadly Islamist Terrorist cowardly Targetting innocent and helpless Civilian People, had been, 4 Months Afterwards, at last Dissipated, perhaps by Finding out what was the Content of that Mysterious "Phone Call from Germany", after which he reportedly Started the Deadly Attacks, surprizingly Ries had Nothing to say :

- No, I have Not been yet Informed neither about the concrete Content of that Phone Call, Nor about whether it might have been Important, or Not, for what Triggered those Attacks, Ries replied, in substance, to "Eurofora"s relevant Questions, leaving them Open and still Pending, in either ways !

- Strange, considering Also the Double Fact that the Killer had Notorious Personal Links with similar Detainees in German (and Swiss) Prisons (notorious locations for Radicalisation, recently), during Many Years in the Past (Comp. Supra),

+ as well as that the French JHA's Secretary of State, Laurent Nunez, had already told "Eurofora", earlier, (in reply, precisely, to our Question on European Cooperation in Protecting Stasbourg's Christmas Market from Terrorist risks), that there was, indeed, an important Cooperation on such matters, both with neighbouring Germany, and other Countries, (See : ..., etc)...

++ It's also a Fact that the Deadly Terrorist Attacks took place in Strasbourg precisely at an important DAY of EU Parliament's Plenary Session for December 2018,

while, if anyone might, eventually, wish to Disrupt Only the Christmas Market alone, he would obviously have almost two MONTHS of Time to do so, at many Other moments, (Since November 2018)...

Indeed, EU Parliament's work was Seriously Affected by that Deadly Terrorist Attack, since, inter alia, all People working there were suddenly "Locked in", during Many Hours, and over-Night, from 8 p.m. of Monday evening, up to around 4 a.m. of Tuesday Morning, (some even longer), with UnCertainties and Anxiety dominating most Moods during all this Time, particularly as the Killer or Killers had Not yet been Found by the Police, and still Circulated Free DownTown ! (See, f.ex., inter alia, also : ..., etc).

+++ Moreover, all these UnPrecedented Brutal Incidents, suddenly occured at the Eve of an Exceptionaly Important Official Visit and Speech to EU Parliament's Plenary by the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastassiades, scheduled for precisely, Early Next Morning, at the Beginning of Tuesday, 12 December, who notoriously meant also to Speak about the latest Political Developments on efforts to bring Peace/ReUnification of the Island, after the recent Deadlock provoked mainly by Turkey's persisting insistance to Keep part of its Foreign Occupation Troops in that EU Member State, and its Claims for even more Unilateral Military Interventions eventually in the Future...

=> Just After the Terrorist Attacks, some MEPs even Asked to ... Skip that Agenda of EU Parliament, (i.e. practically Excluding Cyprus' President's scheduled Speech at the Plenary, as he had also to leave Strasbourg and meet his collegues in Brussels for the forthcoming EU Summit, (as even "Eurofora"'s co-Founder did), and it's only thanks to EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani's firm Will to Defend the Official Agenda, that Terrorism failed to Change it...

But, inevitably, a Heavy Damage was Provoked, meanwhile : F.ex., among others, as also observed in that Plenary the Experienced mainstream MEP Eleni Theocharous (a Head of Party from Cyprus), that Terrorist Attack had practically Hindered most MEPs to even simply Assist and be Present at the subsequent, Tuesday early Morning's Session, since, after what had happened, they didn't have Time to Sleep overnight (Comp. Supra) ! Even "Eurofora"s co-Founder, who was Completely Deprived of Any Time to Sleep at all, but managed to be Present early Morning on Tuesday, at EU Parliament from the Start, finally ... Fainted, exhausted, at least for a Part of that unique Event, (so that we had to try to Catch-up Later-on, while Tavelling to Brussels)...

Indeed, the Situation was so much Disrupted, that even the Official "Press-point" for accredited Journalists, earlier Announced by EU Parliament, with its President Tajani and Cyprus' President Anastassiades, was, Surprisingly ... Cancelled, (apparently because too many European Collegues had simply ... Slept that Morning, withOut Time to arrive into EU Parliament early enough, Obliging de facto to Limit Anastassiades merely into a Short Briefing of a Few Cypriot Collegues who had arrived Exceptionaly from the island with him, inside another, small closed roomlet)...  

>>> But, a Main Point of what he had to say then, (particularly on the New UNO's "Terms of Reference" for an eventual Resumption of succesful Top Diplomatic Talks with the Turkish side asap), was particularly Important for Europe, since it concerned not only the immediate and Long-term Future of one of its Member States, but also its Relations with Neighbouring Turkey, as well as EU's Direct Energy Supplies from Cyprus/Israel/Egypt+ agreed Cooperation, particularly after Recent Findings, in addition to Stability and Peace in a Strategic Area, facing Suez Channel, Lebanon Syria, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the whole Middle East, (etc).

=> Who might, eventually, have any Interest to practically Muzzle (or, a least, Seriously Diminish in public impact) Cyprus' President's exceptional and Topical message to EU Parliament, at that crucial juncture ? And could he have any possible Link, in practice, eventually with some Lobbies in Germany, who might have become related with Strasbourg's Islamist Terrorist Killer through one or another Detainees in German Prisons in the Past, to the point that, perhaps, that Mysterious, last-Minute Phone Call from Germany might have Triggered his sudden Murderous Attacks (Comp. Supra) ?...

- At any case, all these Facts, (and much More, in Other Cases of Islamist Terrorism too), clearly show that the Surprizing Lack, in Today's Anti-Radicalisation Meeting in Strasbourg (Comp. Supra), of any Representative from the Foreign Ministry of France, who could be well Aware of all the Foreign and Diplomatic Policy stakes, links and interests, eventually existing in this or that event, might prove to be regrettable.

Indeed, a given Terrorist Risk might appear to be mostly "Endogenous", (Comp. Supra), But, in our Era of Globalisation, it's often Impossible to Pre-Judge a priori that such a MultiFacet and Tricky Problem as an Islamist Terrorist Incident, might, eventually, be Exclusively, 100% "Endogenous" or "Exogenous", since, many times, Internal and External Factors criss-cross eachother, in real practice, and/or are somehow, more or less Associated.

F.ex., even "ISIS" Deadly Islamist Terrorism, (Cowardly Targetting innocent and defenseless Civilian People, often even atrociously BeHeading them), in Syria and Iraq, was it an Exclusively "Endogenous", or "Exogenous" phenomenon there ?...  

If some claim that it was "Endogenous", then, How could they Explain the Fact that Most of ISIS' Members arrived from Various Other Countries, mainly through Turkey, from where notoriously Transited also ISIS' Arms Supplies and various Other Logistic items, while also Transited ISIS' "Exports" in Smuggling stolen Oil/Gas, even Ancient Cultural Heritage items, etc. ?                       

To Return back to Strasbourg, its long-time Major, Roland Ries, had Earlier Replied to another "Eurofora" Question, during a Press-Diner organized by the Press Club here, about how he had managed, until then, to Avoid any Deadly Islamist Terrorism in Strasbourg, while, in Brussels it had already made many Victims : - It's probably because in Brussels there were, already from the Past, some very Islamized Suburbs, while, on the Contrary, in Strasbourg, we have managed to keep, in principle, a Balanced Cultural Diversity in Suburbs, withOut provoking any kind of "Ghetto", Ries had told us then, (adding, however, in fine, a small Reserve, as far as it concerns a so-called "Pressure from the Market" pushing towards, at least, some kind of cultural Ghettoisation)...   

But, Meanwhile, it's also a Fact that, a former City Counselor, who had come from Turkey in Europe in order to study ... "Turcology" in Strasbourg (sic !), and Famous for her alleged Knowledge of "Belly Dance" (re-sic), suddenly Changed a Popular initial Plan of Strasbourg City to Build a Tram Station among Family Homes in a heavily inhabited Suburb, (which would be called "Victor Hugo" Station), and, withOut any Concertation of the concerned Population, Imposed to Cancel that Tram station, and to Put, in its place, a Big Islamic Mosque, (which had been, initialy, scheduled for anOther location in that Suburb). So that, afterwards, all those numerous Inhabitants of most Family Homes, are still Obliged to Walk accross Too Long Distances by Foot, (even in the Rain, Snow, or Heatwave, etc), almost 1 km away, before they can reach anOther, Older Tram Station, located Too Far Away from their Homes. However, this wasn't enough : Real Practice proved that, in fact, there were Not Enough People who needed such a Mosque there, so that its First StoneWalls, were soon Abandoned, any Building activity was Stoped for too Long, to the point that Rain and Snow, etc, were progressively transforming those Abandoned Walls into Ruins... Suddenly, just a few Weeks after the 1st Islamist Terrorism Horrible Massacre in France against "Charlie Hebdo''s Journalists, back on 2015, appeared an UnKnown Stranger with a White Djellaba, who later was found to be a Representative of ...Quatar (sic !), and, immediately, Money was found (from Abroad) to Finish the Building of that Mosque in that place (that the Local Population had proved that they didn't care so much about building it there, or elsewhere, or not at all : Comp. Facts Supra). So that, still Today, all the Children living in the numerous surrounding Family Homes, instead of having (as it had been initially promised) a brand new "Victor Hugo" Tram Station Near their Homes, on the Contrary, they face only a "Quatar" Mosque, and are Obliged to Walk too Far Away before reaching some other, old and Remote Tram Stations, exhausted. (Meanwhile, that controversial Turkish former City Counselor Quarelled with the Majority of Strasbourg City, Resigned and Abandoned her post, Leaving to make a another Career Elsewhere, apparently not giving a damn for those Poor Children, Mothers, Old People, etc, who are Deprived from the promised normal Public Transports near their Homes). Soon, most French and/or Other European People progressively ... Abandoned that Suburb, around that precise area, which became almost Exclusively Full of Only some Ostensibly Islamized Groups, who Monopolize those Streets as Never seen Before in the History of that Strasbourg's suburb, Risking to be transformed in a Cultural Ghetto, (where, on the Contrary, used to live Together, Various and Diverse Communities, European and Not European, in Harmony, in the Past).

Now, is that Turkey and Qatar provoked Problem, ... an "Endogenous", or an "Exogenous" one ?      

+ And, perhaps, the Most Important : - How will manage those Poor Children, most of Foreign Origin, who are living there, to become really and succesfully "Integrated" in France's and all Europe's Culture and Society ? Instead of a "Victor Hugo" new Tram Station, Near their Homes, together with a Diverse but Balanced Population of Various Origins and Cultures (where a Mosque had, in fact, its place, but at anOther Location, nearby : Comp. Supra), on the Contrary, now they Risk to be Condemned to Walk too Far Away in seeking a Public Transport, and to stay Closed in a kind of Artificially provoked Cultural Ghetto, withOut Any Diversity, nor Balance, any more (Comp. Supra)...         

But, who really Cares about these Poor Children's Future ?

It's a sympathetic Algerian-origin Lady who had Questioned, in the Past, a former President of France, about the Fact that, Unlikely to the situation in which she had Lived and grown as a kid, with her Father and Mother, among a Diverse Population in Marseilles, where all were "speaking French", on the Contrary, Nowadays, the Young Immigrants are pushed to be all Concentrated at a Northern Suburb of the City, where almost Nobody speaks now French, (except perhaps a few)...

-"How shall they manage to get integrated in the Society of the Country ?", she naively (but honestly) wondered...

+ And, it's another Immigrant from Arab Countries, nowadays a serious and efficient Driver in Strasbourg, who asked, Recently, "Eurofora"s co-Founder, about the Fact that, as he characteristically denounced, ..."just a few Kms away from your European Institutions' Quarter, is located a Suburb with Low-Cost Family Homes, where I live, withOut almost Any French or other European People, still staying there, no more, Contrary to the Past. How can our City develop well, and Live Harmoniously Together, with such Separated (Cultural) Ghettos ?, he rightfully Wondered in substance.  

Once again : Is it really an "Endogenous", or an "Exogenous" Problem ? (Comp. Supra)...

At any case, Meanwhile, the Brutal Murderer of 5 innocent Civilian People at that December 2018 Islamist Terrorist Attack (Comp. Supra), had reportedly transfered his own Residence at a Nearby, Adjacent Suburb ("Poteries", Western Strasbourg area), ...close to that Qatar-paid, Post-Charlie Hebdo massacre (Comp. Supra), displaced Mosque.

=> At least, shouldn't Prime Minister Philippe's brand new "Scientific Councils on the process of Radicalisation" (Comp. Supra), include "Researchers" Both on National and International Issues, in order to become able to have a Balanced and Full View of what really is the Heart of the Matter ?

 

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "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.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        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.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

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

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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