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

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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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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


- But, meanwhile, Sarkozy energetically spearheaded an Historic 1st Summit of EuroZone's 15 Heads of State and Government at EU's core, exceptionally enlarged to a partial participation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on October 12 in Paris' Elysee palace, which started to tackle succesfully the growing world Financial crisis.

    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...


    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

- "If Europe doesn't take its part for Peace in the Middle-East, nobody else will do that in our place", Sarkozy stressed.
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    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

    - On Climat-Energy, the 2007 German EU Presidency had fixed a triple 20% aim for 2020 (20% renewable Energies, 20% reduction of CO2 emmission, 20% energy efficience/economies), and the 2008 French EU Presidecny realized that, making the necessary compromises in order to modernize EU's industry, but without throwing some former Central-Eastern European Countries into abrupt Economic break down risking "social explosion".

    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

    It was meant to reply to the crucial question : What kind of Europe do we want in 10 or 20 Years from now : A large Market, or a Political Europe, with a popular identity ? In Sarkozy's thinking, presented in his 2 landmark speeches on Europe in Strasbourg, shortly before and after the 2007 Elections, (on February and July 2007), Turkey's controversial EU bid would be incompatible with the second choice.

    It's true that EU Commision's Chairman, Jose Barroso, (who had notoriously declared, as former Portuguese Prime Minister, that he found "nonsense" the idea that Europe might become equal to the US), had repeatedly tried to avoid that Sarkozy's criticism on Turkey might start winning a larger audience in Europe, preferring a discrete "wismens' committee" work. And that most of the personalities later chosen in order to participate in a Committee on Europe's Future, are too much linked with Socialist parties and/or American policies, to be really critical of USA's notorious wish to impose Turkey to the EU, as Sarkozy had noted himself since March 2007..

     - "It's on EU Council's presidency to take political initiatives. EU Commission has other competences", stressed Sarkozy. The "European Ideal" is to "build Europe with the States, not against them". "Ask Europeans to chose between their countries and Europe won't work. You don't choose between your two parents : We must add them together".

    "France and Germany have an Historic Duty to work together, precisely because of what happened to the Past. We have to work hand by hand. We cannot be separated.It goes beyond me and Mrs Merkel today, Mr Schroeder and Mr. Chirac yesterday. It's not a choice, it's a duty to Europe and to the World".  "We need Germany, as Germany needs Europe". Compromise is inevitable, here as everywhere, and each one made some steps towards eachother's positions.

    But "it's true that Mrs Merkel didn't chose her Socialist partners, while I chose mine", Sarkozy said, in an indirect hint that the Socialist Minister of Finance in Germany might be a cause of minor past disagreements in Economy, which were overcome in recent negotiations.

    "We (France and Germany) have particular duties in Europe", but "in a Europe of 27 Member States, it's not enough for France and Germany to agree between them.

    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.

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