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G7 Environment Chair French Minister Rugy +US EPA Chief Wheeler to EF: Climate row+Nature Protection

Written by ACM
Sunday, 05 May 2019

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*Metz/G7 Environment Ministerial Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just a few Days after an Exceptional US House Resolution, backed only by the Democratic Party (Left) on Climate Change and Global Warming, while preparations for the Crucial 2020 US Presidential Elections unfold at Wash. DC., overseas, in an UnPrecedentently Snowy and/or Freezing France of May 2019, at Metz's "G7" Environment Ministerial Summit, its Chairman-in-office, French Minister de Rugy, Questioned by "Eurofora" during a Press-point, Replied, in substance, that, even if the Controversy on Climate perdues, with Most Countries sticking at the Global Warming theory, nevertheless, it's also true that on various Other Areas concerning Environment, Inernational Cooperation with USA develops positively, and, in several cases, it may even contribute to Help Deal also with key parts of Climate Issues, (See Infra).    

 

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"Eurofora" asked De Rugy whether he would finaly succeed to save the G7 process from becoming Hostage to Internal US Political Disputes, independently of a Legitimate Debate on Climate Change, and if the French "G7" Presidency would seek also Other Ways for USA Cooperation on Natural Environment Worldwide.                                                                                                                                                  

Francois De Rugy replied that USA s wish to withdraw from the Paris Agreement had Not yet provoked a Breach among the supporters of the latest. In order to Strengthen it, inter ala, he had invited several key Countries, in addition to the "G7" Members, including those who will Host the Next UNO's COP.  (Meanwhle, USA's critical posiution might be added in a special addition, separate from the general conclusions, he highlighted).

But it's also true that there were several Other Interesting Areas for International Cooperation with the USA on Natural Environment Cooperation, which include even ways to Help Tackle Climate Issues.

F.ex. on Oceans, (where there are developments), on BioDiversity (that France wants Based on Scientific Evidence), etc., including even on interesting concrete Projects to Safeguard Coral Reefs, where both France and USA participate, currently Monitored by Australia, Indonesia and Monaco, presented at Metz's "G7" Ministerial Summit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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USA Representative, EPA's Director Andrew Wheeler, speaking briefly Later ToNight to "Eurofora", did Not Confirm yet the addition of a separate US Declaration on the Climate Controversy. Also, he did Not Deny the Cooperation prospects on Oceans, including Coral Reefs, BioDiversity, ReForestation, etc, but found that the Time was Not yet Ripe to Speak about them at this Moment : "Not Now", he prefered to simply say, with a smile, without denying those potentially spositive points.

 

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Significantly, Wheeler, together with De Rugy and other Environment Ministers, ostensibly participated, later this Evening, in a Symbolic Collective Event about ReForestation, in a Project supported by Young Kids, presented at Met's superb "Arsenal" Building, with awesome Neo-Classic Orchestra Music, where "Eurofora" and other Journalists had been invited, while Negotiations for the Draft Conclusions of the "G7" Environment Summit were still going on, on the sidelines.

A Surprsing Paradox these Days, was, however, the pittoresque Fact that these "G7" "hot" Discussions on persisting Climate controversies about "Global Warming" were going on, unexpectedly, right in the Midde of an UnPrecedented ... "Cooling" Symptom in Metz and most France, with an Exceptionally Cold Weather, Gizzle, even Snow and Historic Records-Breaking Icy Temperatures in several Locations accross the Country, (including even in De Rugis' base at Brittany Region, with a - 2 degrees Temperature, never seen before for at least a Century !)

Mutatis-mutandis, a Similarly Exceptional Phenomenon, "Eurofora" had witnessed also back on UNO's Climate Summit in Copenhaguen, Denmark, on 2009 (ie. a Decade ago)                                                                                                                             : UnPrecedented Heavy Snowfall and Icy Cold Weather had Blocked, then, both Danish and French Airports, (including even Strasbourg's : sHindering Airplanes to Fly, and Obliging to Stay in Other Cities for 2 or 3 More Days !... Meanwhile, even the World-Famous, sympathetic and Symbolic, "Mermaid" Statute at Copenhaguen's SeaPort, had been ...peppered and Covered by Snow (comp."Eurofora"s original Photo, published then, at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/snowstorms.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/copenhageneurope.html, etc)...

It's also true that several people have often Speculated about the eventual existence of some High-Tech Inventions, allegedly able to Artificially ...Change the Weather, (spectacularly Pictured, f.ex. at British famous Actor Seen Connery's "Weather Maker" Film). The Chinese spoke about such things as Early as since the Vietnam War, and UNO has already Adopted, at nearby Geneva, an International Convention against Hostile "Modifications of the (Natural) Environment", "EN-MOD", since 1976-1978.

So that, IF, perhaps, someone might, eventually, be somehow "playing piano", nowadays too, with such a kind of, let's say : "Artificial Weather Modification Machine, here or there, one thing matters most in real practice :

- Please, DO more of such kind of "Cooling" also During this Summer's Heatwaves, all the way up to the forthcoming August 2019 "G7" Summit at Biarritz, France : Otherwise, here, it's really, Too Hot !...


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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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    Earlier this week, many MEPs, and even some of those who were previously in favor of Turkey's controversial EU bid, strongly criticized the persistance and even aggravation of serious Human Rights violations in the country, that ECHR continues to "unanimously" condemn ":

      - "After winning a big victory in the latest Local Elections, the pro-Kurdish party DTP almost doubled its Elected Mayors from 52 to 98", but afterwards "more than 400 politicians were thrown to Prison and prosecuted" by the Turkish Authorities, denounced on behalf of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Belgian MEP Frieda Brepoels.

     At the same time, "more than 1.500 Children are closed in Turkish Prisons", she added. "What will the EU Commission do" against these facts ?

- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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