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Greek Prime Minister Tsipras to EF on Mass Migrants: Apply EU-Turkey Deal = Less Influx+More Returns

Автор ACM
Пятница, 15 Декабрь 2017
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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" shortly after an Exceptional Quadrilateral Meeting with German Chancellor Angie Merkel and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, (incoming EU Chairman from January 2018), on Issues concerning the way that a Controversial EU - Turkey Deal on Mass Migration is functionning in real practice, vis- a-vis EU's Frontline States, embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, revealed, at the Conclusion of his Press Conference on the December 14-15 EU Summit in Brussels, a rather Surprizing change of Focus :

 

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Indeed, he appeared to give a quite Different idea of what is generally considered to be his Main Standard Viewpoint on the UnPrecedented Giant Tsunami" of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants (AS+IM) mainly through Turkey from 2015/2016+, and the recent Letter of EU Council President, Donald Tusk to the 28 EU Heads of State/Government, gathered here in Brussels, which notoriously strived to find a Compromise able to overcome the current "East-West", and "Establishment-Populists' new Division of Europe on such atypical Mass Migration issues, at the latest around June 2018, (i e. Before Austria will take over EU's rotating Presidency).

 

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(EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, speaking to Journalists in BRX, including Eurofora).

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Earlier Today, Tsipras' EU Affairs Minister, former MEP, Katruggalos, speaking to "Eurofora", had focused mainly on Defending official, well known, SYRIZA (and Other Countries') Government's Principles, mainly on "Implementing what had been Agreed" initially, on such "a European Issue", by showing "Solidarity" to Frontline and AS+IM "Welcoming" EU Governments, (such as Germany, Sweden, etc), Meanwhile, No Move was predicted by Katruggalos, at least until that June 2018 Time Deadline, (Comp. Supra : i.e. letting triggered Procedures of Sanctions against Poland, Hungary, a.o. "Visegrad" Countries, which are among the First to Contest a controversial, Obligatory Relocation System for ASM, to continue).



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+ Meanwhile, from Thursday Afternoon around 7 p.m., up to Friday Early Morning, about 2 a.m., the EU Summit astonishingly spend approximatively 6 Hours in "Hot" but Vain Discussions on the very Contradictory Issue, precisely of Mass Migration, and EU Council President Tusk's above-mentioned Letter, withOut being able to reach Any joint Conclusions at all...

So that, Exceptionaly, German Chancellor Angie Mekel was led to Drop her usual Press Briefing, which, normally, was a "rule" for Journalists, each Deep Night right after the 1st Day of each EU Summit in Brussels, and everybody Left withOut even the (previously anounced) EU Press Briefing, Neither Any kind of common Conclusion, except for ...Jerusalem, where EU simply attests that its position "Remains UnChanged".

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Juncker, sceptical, End of 1st Day, EU BRW Summit 12.2017, Live Transmission (Eurofora)


But this European Council wasn't even able to say anything similar on Mass Migration, while an exceptionally Bitter EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, appeared, over-Night, quite Bitter, pointing, inter alia, to a threat for EU Council to eventually pass, sooner or later, on that issue, from an Unanimous, to a Qualified Majority decision-making process, (etc). As for Tusk, he soberly acknowledged, at the 2nd Day's (i.e. Earlier Today) Concluding Press Conference, that an Agreement on that issue appeared "very Hard" to achieve, while, this 1st "Hot" Discussion, at least, had the merit to "Clean the Air"...

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- In this unusual Context, when the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, was Asked by "Eurofora", earlier Today, (i.e., practically at the End of EU Summit's 2nd and Last Day), what was, "in Substance", the main Message that he would have, "for other EU Countries", on that Mass Migration issue, his, Concise, but "Dense" Reply, appeared partly Surprizing :

 
 
 - First of all, Tsipras made it clear that he wasn't going to repeat now, earlier already made Statements, but he accepted "Eurofora"s suggestion (Comp. Supra) to rather Focus on what is, according to his view, "the main Substance, at this Moment", as he pointed out.



>>> - In this regard, he Started by stressing that "the EU - Turkey Agreement should be Applied", and work Properly".  "That's what we want !", the Greek Prime Minister immediately underlined, in Reply to an "Eurofora"s Question.


 - He didn't make now any explicit reference to the Fact that the First and Stronger Reason for which the Huge "Tsunami" of 2015-2016 had been initially Reduced, from February-March 2016 onwards, had been, in reality, several European Countries' Decisions to Close and Protect their Borders, accross the "Western Balkans" route, already even Before that controversial EU-Turkey Deal was finalized and started to enter into force, only Later-on, towards the End of March 2016, (See: ...).

 
 

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=> - In particular, "what Must be done, is to Better Reduce the Influx" of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, from what it's now, (where, Recent Statistics have notoriously shown that Turkish Smugglers not only Persist, but have even re-Started to send More and More AS-IM into the EU, even on 2017, i.e. Dangerously and regularly Augmenting the Total Number of such Migrants mostly "Trapped" inside EU-Member Greece).



- However, Nowadays, the most Important point seems to be that of "Those who do Not get Asylum, in Greece or other (EU) First Host Countries", as Tsipras said, i.e. those who are also Finally considered, officially, as Irregular Migrants (and Not Refugees) :



- Because, for them, the main point are "Returns Back to the Countries of Origin", as the Prime Minister of Greece stressed, in Reply to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question.



 - And this Requires "a More Efficient Rapatriation", than what it has happened until now, Tsipras clearly Criticized, in fine.



=> - For that purpose, the EU should, preferably, set up "a European Mechanism of Rapatriations", the Greek Prime Minister suggested, in Conclusion.              

 

 + It's only in the Middle of those key points, that Tsipras also added that "the ReLocation in Third (EU+) Countries, should become more operational", than what it has been, until now, (since almost Everybody notoriously acknowledges that it didn't really work in real practice, particularly because of Unwillingness of several EU Countries to be infiltrated by that kind of Mass Migrants that Turkey suddenly decided to send to Europe).


I.e., apparently, an overall position which Departs from an Exclusive and Unilateral Accent on Controversial Obliged "ReLocation" towards Other EU Member Countries only (Comp. Supra), but Points, right from the Start, indirectly but certainly, mainly on the Shortcomings of the even more controversial EU - Turkey Deal which Costs to Europe about 3 Billions € in Full Grants each Year.

 

+ Meanwhile, it's also the incoming EU Chairman for the Period of January - June 2018, Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, (a Country which is also part of EU's External Borders vis a vis Turkey), who reportedly supports the view that EU - Turkey Deal on Mass Migration should work properly, as "Eurofora" was told, earlier Today in Brussels, by Bulgaria's Press Spokesperson, Genoveva Chervenakova. 

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(Borisov, watched by EU Army Officers, near EU-Africa Border Map: No reason for Turkey to do worse than Morocco on Irregular Mass Migration, despite 3 Billiions € of EU Grants - Eurofora)

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Today's move might also be seen as a somewhat Elaborate suggestion, with Supplementary key elements, which might, perhaps, make possible, at least a Part of an overall, realistic Compromise, among EU Heads of State/Government, and other EU Leaders, in the foreseable Future.

 

Because, notoriously, there are also Various Other EU Leaders who might feel now that such a Direction, mutatis-mutandis, should, "in Substance", (and adequately crafted), be at least a Key Part of an Agreed Solution, to this Sudden, UnWarned 2015/2016 "Tsunami" send to Europe (and reportedly even "Selected") by Turkey.


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(NDLR : Partly Revised + Extended)

 

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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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