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Greek EU Affairs Minister Varvitsiotis to EF: EU canNot have Double Standards on Turkey + Belarus !

Written by ACM
Monday, 21 September 2020
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- "It's Right that Europe canNot have Double Standards on Turkey and Belarus", Replied to "Eurofora" Greek Minister for European affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, who currently Chairs the CoE, on a Question concerning what happened Today at EU Council's Foreign Affairs meeting, where the necessary Unanimity Lacked in order to Impose more Sanctions to Minsk, as long as there was "No Decision" Yet, "for the Time being", in view of, at least, Parallel Sanctions also to the Notoriously Worse case of Ankara, (Both from Human Rights and GeoPolitical points of view), as EU's High Representative for External Action, Josep Borrell, revealed at a Press Conference this Afternoon, adding that he Found all that "Regrettable", But expected that "it might be Settled" by EU Heads of State/Government at the forthcoming Exceptional EU Summit of September 24-25, due to Focus mainly on Turkey, (See: ..., etc).

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+ Moreover, Varvitsiotis considers "very Logic", his Cypriot counterpart, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides' reported Statement that, Already, Back at the traditional "Gymnich" EU Meeting for Diplomacy, Earlier in Berlin, there was a Clear Collective Understanding, and even a "Political Agreement" for "Parallel" Sanctions vis a vis Turkey and Belarus.

 

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- This "was Supported", Today in Brussels, "among others, also by Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia, France, Ireland, Denmark, and Malta", etc,  as different well informed Diplomatic Sources told "Eurofora". In Consequence, even if Earlier, "all EU Countries, including Cyprus, "had Agreed on the Principle of Sanctions on Belarus" a priori, Finaly, Cyprus was reportedly obliged to "Observe that, Since the Berlin's Political Agreement could Not be Applied (in that Context of Foreign Affairs' Ministers Today), then, the Issue of Sanctions on Belarus should also be Referred to the (forthcoming) EU Summit too" (As also for Turkey" : Comp. Supra).

- Christodoulides stressed that Particularly since Turkey has just taken even a New Decision to Violate EU Member Cyprus' EEZ (there where the Most Energy Resources in Europe have been Recently Proven to exist) by Issuing a NAFTEX on 15/9 about Sending "Yavyz" Drilling Ship for illegal Search, usualy Escorted by Turkish WarShips, until 12/10/2020, as EU Parliament's Recent Resolution clearly "Condemned", with the Only Vote which was quasi-Unanimously adopted, by All its Political Groups, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentonturkishbullyingeuropeanenergy.html), concerning EU's Most Promissing Natural Energy Resources' Hotspot, (and Also Borrell Acknowledged that this New Fact raises a Problem).

=> - In Fact, "this is Not just a Greco-Turkish Issue, But a European Issue, for Europe's own (Political) Architecture and (Energy + Defense) Security. Those who haven't understood that, canNot Understand Nothing !", clearly Concluded Today Varvitsiotis, (who had Earlier been Elected, at CoE's Assembly, as vice-President of its Biggest Political Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, See: ..., etc), Speaking to "Eurofora".

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Turkey has Notoriously Chassed Away, by Threats from its WarShips, an Italian "ENI"'s Drilling Ship, Peacefully operating at Cyprus' Southern Coast Territorial Waters and EEZ, Delimitated by Treaties with Neighbouring Egypt, Israel, etc, in Agreement with the legitimate Nicosia's Government, (as a Video, Audio traces, and Satellite Data Revealed during a Previous EU Summit), even if Ankara did Not Dare do the Same vis a vis USA's and/or France's Drilling Ships... Moreover, it has Repeatedly Bullied, with WarShips and Military Airplanes, Both EU Member Countries Cyprus and Greece, at the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, Either Escorting illegal Turkish "Drilling" Ships at Non-Delimitated Areas, (an act equivalent to a Violation of International Law, according to UNO's Treaty on the Law of the Sea), Or by Issuing "NAFTEX" for Turkish Military Exercises inside EU Members Cyprus or Greece's EEZ. In Addition, Ankara's Government has, Too Often, issued Grossly Provocative Statements, several times with Insults and Brutal Rhetorics, against EU Members Greece and/or Cyprus, and Even Open War Threats.

The Natural Gas Energy Resources Discovered in EU Member Cyprus, as well as in Adjacent Sea Areas of Neighbouring Egypt and Israel, at the South-Eastern Mediterranean, during Recent Years, seem Equivalent, in Geological and Volume terms, to the Huge Oil/Gas Findings at the Gulf of Mexico, which reportedly represent More than +50% of Total USA Needs, allowing Washington DC to Become, from Importing in the Past, Nowadays an Exporting Partner. While EU's older Northern Sea Deposits notoriously Periclitated, EU Members Cyprus and Greece Multiplied Friendly Agreements with Key Neighbouring Countries as Israel, Egypt, etc., Both on the Delimitation of their respective EEZ, and on various Plans to Transport Energy towards Europe Directly, i.e. withOut being Obliged to Pass through anOther Foreign Country, (be it by High-Tech Ships for NLG, by Transforming Gas to Electricity transmitted via UnderSea Cables, and/or by the EU-sponsored UnderSea Pipeline "East-Med", etc).

At a Recent "MED-7" Summit of Heads of State/Government from 7 Southern, Mediterranean EU Member States, Hosted, this Year, by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Corsica Island, was Adopted a "Joint Declaration", Denouncing Turkey's Wrongdoings (in line with Several EU Summits in Brussels, which have Already Brandissed "Sanctions", Earlier), and Calling for the EU to Face Ankara with "All Means that EU disposes", unless it Accepts a Sincere, Bonna Fides "Dialogue", on Solving its Issues with Greece and/or Cyprus by Political Negotiations, according to International Law, or, Otherwise, by Submitting the Issue to the International Court at Hague, (See: ..., etc). A somewhat Similar Position was, Later-on, Adopted also by the EU Parliament, in a Resolution voted in Brussels Last Week.

But, Turkish Government Top Officials Initialy Reacted, inter alia, by Threatening Greece to "be Eaten like Meat" if it doesn't "Shut up" (sic !), Warning French President Macron "Not to Mess up with Turkey", and Slandering France to the point to Even risk to approach African ISIS' Deadly Terrorists' Propaganda at Mali, etc., while, Later-on, After a Too Brief "Pause" for so-called Exploratory Talks with Greece, Ankara Suddenly re-Started, again, to Insult President Macron as "InCompetent", (sic !), and Even Issued 2 More "NAFTEX" for areas in EU Member Cyprus' EEZ, including for more illegal "Drillings" by Turkish Ships under escort of WarShips, etc.

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These Last Turkish Aggressive Moves were also Criticized by Borrell, at his Press Conference, Today, (Comp. Supra).

Meanwhile, at Belarus, Many Demonstrators were reportedly Detained, (sometimes, However, ...Less than in Berlin or Paris, recently. See: ..., etc), But Most of them Freed, shortly afterwards, (a lot even Only a Few Hours later). While, in Turkey, Many and various alleged Dissidents have been Killed, or Arrested and Kept to Jail for Too Long Periods of Time, (to the point that, f.ex., a Woman Lawyer has Recently Died After 28 Days of desperate Hunger Strike in a Turkish Prison, provoking EU/CoE Criticism), otherwise ill-Treated in Inhuman/Degrading ways, and/or Massively Fired from their Jobs, (including Judges, Universitarians, etc), if not Forced to Numerous cases of Exile Abroad, several among them having asked -and obtained- Political Asylum in Europe.

In Addition, Belarus has Never Invaded and Occupied any Other Country, while, on the Contrary, Turkey still Keeps its Invasion/Occupation Army at the Northern Territories of EU Member Cyprus, and has Recently Invaded and Occupied 2 Times various Syrian Territories with Bloody Wars, Invaded and Killed People at 2 Different areas in Irak, Threatened EU Member Greece with War, etc.

Moreover, Turkey, at least as things stand, canNot Transport Energy into the EU, in Any Rapid, Cheap, and Secure way, withOut its usual Blackmails, while, on the Contrary, it's enough to Simply press a button, in order to Immediately have Fast, Safe and Abundant Gas transfered from Russia to Germany, at EU's Industrial Core, thanks to a Pipeline "Europa", Already installed there in the Past, whenever the Political Situation becomes better. 

Last, but not least, Belarus' Officials have Never as Grossly Insulted in Public European Countries, and/or democraticaly elected European Leaders, as Turkey has Notoriously done, Recently, several Times, (Comp., f.ex., inter alia, also Supra).

As for Irregular Migrants calling themselves "Refugees" Massively, it's Wrong to believe the Turkish Propaganda that they might have "Helped" Millions, allegedly Paying for them ...Billions $, as Ankara Officials, and some Naive or Hypocritical individuals often routinely Claim. In Fact, Turkey Imported, towards irregularly Tresspassing Massively into Europe, Too Many among its notorious Islamic Pakistano-Afghan Pals, from the Other Side of Deep Asia, (already, More than 60% such irregular residents at EU Member Greece's Lesbos Island are, reportedly, among this kind of Pakistano-Afghan origine, while such Pakis are also often Competing with Turkish Smugglers, the Most Numerous), and, More Grave, Turkey has largely PROVOKED itself a Mass Refugee Movement from Syria, by notoriously Helping Armed Gangs of Deadly Islamist Terrorists (including even ISIS, etc) to Penetrate and/or have wide Logistical Support there (by irregular Transactions, Money, "Jihadist" Extremists, Arms, etc), Even was found to Provide them with Deadly "Rockets" (sic !), Before Invading (always side by side, Together with various Armed Islamist Gangs, even Murdering helpless Women, Usurpating People's Family Homes, etc), at 2 different Times the Northern Territories of Syria, in Addition to Backing Idlib Region inside Syria, a Notorious over-Concentration of Various Armed Extremist Islamist Gangs, where Even ISIS' long-time Leader El Bagdadi was Hidding, while the ISIS' New Leader, (known as "Mawla the ‘Destroyer’", according to USA and Chinese Medias), is himself "Turkmen" from Nearby Mosul, of the kind that Ankara supported with Rockets (Comp. Supra)... In Addition, Turkey has, Already, largely PROFITED from such provoked Mass "Refugee" Displacements, at least 3 Times : First by heavily Exploiting most of those Impoverished and Defenseless People, (Initially All Closed in overloaded "Camps" surrounded by Barbed Wire and tighty Controled by the Turkish Army, so that some even Died there or became Sick by an awful Heat in makeshift Tents, while Others were often Violently Oppressed when they Revolted), Submited at various Humiliating and Badly Paid, dirty "Jobs", to the Profit of Shameless Turkish Exploiters, (as, f.ex., attest the Revelations to UK Medias by the Father of Tragic Refugee Child "Kurdi", who was Killed on 2015, together with his Mother and Sister, when a Turkish Smuggler, suddenly Opened a Hole in a Plastic Boat tresspassing Asylum Seekers in Greece, and Abandoned them at the Middle of the Sea, Running to Leave with a Rapid Motor-Boat, as they used to Often do). Second, by notoriously Blackmailing the EU, in order to Pay Turkey 3 Billions € Each Year, in full Grants, after Ankara notoriously threw, Suddenly, into Europe more than 1,5 Million of Irregular Migrants who Massively called themselves "Asylum Seekers", on 2015/2016+, (including Even ISIS Deadly Terrorists Cowardly Targetting innocent Civilian People, as some of those who Killed Hundreds in Paris' "Bataklan" Massacre, or Raped and sometimes Murdered Young Girls in Germany, as at Nearby Freiburg, or Raped Even Children Aged 10 among European Refugees from Serbia, f.ex. in Wien, and/or, reportedly, inside Refugee facilities in Greek Islands or Berlin, etc) : Something that Turkey, attempted even to Repeat Nowadays, on 2019, inter alia by Inciting Many Thousands of such Irregular Migrants Massively calling themselves "Asylum Seekers" to Tresspass EU's External Borders in Greece, along Evros River, But mostly Failed, this time, when the New Greek Government, Together with the EU, Defended Europe. Third, Turkey Obviously, also, Seeks to grossly Exploit even Ideologically and Politically such Miserous Masses of Desperate People, for the Fate of whom, on the Contrary, Ankara should be Ashamed, in reality, (at least for All the above-mentioned Facts).

On the Contrary, inter alia, Minsk's Government not only Never did against the EU Anything Similar, But it Even has, Recently, Accepted, Well Treated and Helped Many Thousands of Poor Jewish People, from Various Other Countries, who had Entered Belarus seeking to Reach an Ukranian City considered Historicaly "Holly" by them, before being Blocked near the Border by a Refusal of Kiev's Authorities to let them Enter that Country. Something for which the Israeli Government Officialy Thanked Belarus, while also reportedly Paying for those fragile People's Return soon back to their Countries of origin.

=> So that Tiny Cyprus might, Hopefully, Become, perhaps, the "David" who ...Wakes Up a good "Goliath" from a Provoked Dangerous Lethargy, if such Facts Help soon to Raise Europe's Vital Consiousness.

 

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They voted to "freeze" UK Government's draft to put People in jail for 42 Days on "anti-terrorist" suspicion without charge, or they abstained. Don't they look suspect ?
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CoE's debate on UK controversy stirs PanEuropean check of anti-terror suspects' imprisonment

Former Leftists of the Sixties would boil in hot water if they heard PACE's debate on the controversial 42 days detention without charge, currently drafted by the British Government :

A "Socialist" Government, a Socialist PACE Rapporteur and a Socialist Chair of PACE's Legal Committee, opposed a .. "Conservative" amendment (supported by .. Liberals, Democrats, etc), to freeze the measure, in order to protect Citizens' Freedom, by "waiting" until CoE's Venice Committee checks its conformity with Human Rights' principles.

"Left"'s support to Conservative-Lib.Dem's criticism, wasn't enough to obtain a majority, nor to make things as they were back in the good old days, when "Left" and "Right" had a clear meaning, as "liberty" and "restrictions"...

Conservatives and most Democrats were joined by the Left in voting for the "freeze", as well as Liberal Paul Rowen, while Socialist MEP Ivan Popescu, an experienced MEP from Ukraine (PACE Member since 1996-2008) abstained. But most Socialists, added to a few Liberals and EPP's Right, voted against.

Fortunately, someone inside PACE had the wise idea to shorten the Debate for less than 1 Hour, and put it on the Agenda only at the end of an exceptionally busy day, towards the end of the Evening, when most MEPs had already gone to taste wins and foods at various Receptions all around Strasbourg's "European" area : As a result, not even 42 MEPs weren't present..

Socialist Lord Tomlinson accused the leaders of the PanEuropean Assembly, in its highest body : the "Bureau", to "lack wisdom" by deciding to hold a Debate on an issue that neither the Socialist Chair of the Legal Committee, nor its Socialist "reluctant Rapporteur", did "not want to do", ...

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Finally, everybody (critics and supporters alike) was happy to agree, in substance, that the controversial measure "may" gravely violate Human Rights, and therefore, PACE asked Legal Experts of Venice Commission to check UK Government''s plans.

But this might take more than .. 42 Days to do, since PACE's Rapporteur asked the Experts to enlarge their study in a PanEuropean comparison of all that is happening on "anti-terrorism" legislation in 47 CoE Member Countries, including Russia, Turkey and Azerbaidjan..

Bad lack : "The existing 28 days’ detention without charge in the UK is, in comparison with other CoE member countries, one of the most extreme : In Turkey, the period is 7,5 days, in France 6 days, in Russia 5 days, and in .. the U.S. and Canada just 2 and 1 days respectively", denounced Democrat MEP Ms WOLDSETH from Norway..

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"Numerous respected human rights organisations, including Liberty and Human Rights Watch, have expressed serious concern" "The proposed legislation ...could easily lead to extensive abuses. ...Detention for 42 days means six weeks in which one is taken away from one’s family, friends, home and livelihood only to be let off without being charged. That will destroy lives and isolate communities", she added.

- "3 years ago, the UK Government sought to increase the period of pre-charge detention from 14 days to 90 days. Not long before that, it had been only 7 days. There was a vigorous debate ...and a ...compromise was reached of 28 days. We have to ask whether there are proper safeguards in place to extend the period to 42 days. I suggest that there are fatal flaws", reminded British Conservative Clappison.

- "What sort of society holds someone in detention for 42 days and does not have to tell the person who is in prison why they are there, or explain the suspicions that arose and led to their detention? What sort of society believes that that is the way to treat its citizens? That is an appalling injustice, ...A 42-day detention period will not make the UK safer. Instead, it will be the first step to giving in to terrorists; it is saying that we are prepared to sacrifice our democratic rights and the principles for which we have stood for centuries", criticized British Liberal Michael Hanckock

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"Comments made ...by Norwegian delegates are unfortunate", replied British Socialist MEP Ms.Curtis-Thomas, accusing them to "besmirch the reputation of our police force, which is one of the Best in the World", as she said, believing that "there are significant safeguards ...to ensure that individuals are not subjected to unlawful detention"

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PACE "has serious doubts whether ...the draft legislation are in conformity with the ...case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. A lack of ..safeguards may lead to arbitrariness, resulting in breaches of ... liberty and ...right to a fair trial". PACE "is particularly concerned that: ..the judge ..may not be in a position to examine whether there exist reasonable grounds for suspecting that the arrested person has committed an offence;"; that "... representation by a lawyer may be inappropriately restricted or delayed;" that "information on the grounds for suspicion of a person ...may be unduly withheld.. ;" that this "may give rise to arrests without the intention to charge;", and; in general, that "prolonged detention without proper information on the grounds for arrest may constitute inhuman treatment", says Klaus De Vries' Report, adopted with 29 votes against zero.

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