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Ukranian F.Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko to EuroFora: Human Rights=Unifying factor+for all Europe

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

 

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Human Rights might Bridge the current Tragic Gap between Kiev and South-Eastern Ukraine's dissident Regions of Donetsk/Luhansk etc., and, in fact, this is an important matter for all Europe, stressed, in reply to relevant "EuroFora"s Questions at the CoE, the experienced former Prime MInister of Ukraine and Head of Party, Julia Timoshenko, on the occasion of the forthcoming, October 26 Parliamentary Elections in the Conflict-stricken, but Strategic Country, from which she expects to see emerge a "New" pro-European Government, as she told us.


Could such possible developments, eventually, contribute to strengthen the current efforts to stabilise and advance from a Cease-Fire towards a Political Solution of the Tragic and Dangerous Ukranian conflict, much needed for all Europe's Stability and Peace, even Economy and Future ? (Comp. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/developmentsbackcalltochangeeurussiapolicy.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/oecdheadaskssolutionforukraine.html) Despite - or, rather : because - of several "Hard" issues of Horrible  Human Rights Abuses, paradoxically, various Converging Facts seem to indicate that it's not excluded at all...


Indeed, already, COE's Rapporteur, President of CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's "Monitoring" Committee, Austrian MEP Stefan Schennach, as well as many other EuroPoliticians, notoriously like to remind the fact that, initially, the main Aspirations of those who pioneered the "Euro-Maidan" Popular Movement at its Beginnings, were for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law respect and Anti-Corruption struggle, particularly in front of a reportedly excessive domination of  a few "Oligarchs" all over the Socio-Economic and Political life. Surprisingly, similar explicit revendications surfaced, even recently, among several Leaders and simple People in the .. Dissident, "Autonomist" Donetsk/Luhansk Regions of South-Eastern Ukraine !


Meanwhile, UNO's High Commission for Human Rights has notoriously launched a crystal-clear Appeal to Investigate a triple series of Serious and Deadly Human Rights Violations, (going from "Maidan" square events, including, particularly, the unelucidated, crucial issue of Deadly "Snipers" until February 21, up to the Odessa Massacre of May 2, but also various and multiple other abuses, reportedly committed from this or another side, during the 5 Months-long attacks of Kiev's Military against Dissident Donetsk/Luhansk regions' militia, etc), find and punish all those Responsible, as a condition for real and sustainable Reconciliation and Peace, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unoukrainereportsaskciviliansprotectionandtoinvestigatecrimes.html ). In parallel, CoE's International High level Panel, supported by EU Parliament, has started to supervise the Investigations made on the spot, (Comp. : ..)
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  - Do you think that, despite the currenly Hard Situation, ... it might be possible to bring together People from the two sides of Ukraine, at least on an elementary Human Rights' respect Agenda ?, "EuroFora asked Timoshenko in substance.


 - "I'm very committed to Combined efforts of those People who are engaged on Human Rights", Julia Timoshenko immediately replied Positively to "EuroFora"s query.


+ Particularly when they "are working in a reliable way for the Human Rights' Struggle, as a Single Mission that we can All seek (to accomplish) there", she underlined.


=> -"Because this is important not just for Ukraine, but it's for whole Europe", Julia Timoshenko  rightfully  observed, given the fact that, inevitably, what is really at stake in the Tragic Ukranian Crisis is also EU's own Values, (Comp.  : ... )

Pointing also to the Fact that Julia Timoshenko has notoriously gaced even personaly particularly Hard times in Prison, (Comp. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ukrainedissidentsattackedbymilitaryandextremists.html ),  while she apparently hasn't yet been directly involved in any among the worst series of alleged Human Rights' Violations which surrounded several key 2014 events , "EuroFora" observed that, as things stand, she might be the only candidate to October 2014 Elections who could eventualy serve as a kind of "Symbol" useful to a Wider Struggle for Human Rights' respect, if she really wished.


Indeed, what Russian President Putin had earlier observed for Ukranian President Poroshenko, at the beginning of Summer in Normandie, might go, mutatis-mutandis, also for Timoshenko, at least partly and in another way in the forseable Future.


This is obviously related also to the forthcoming Elections, given particularly the fact that several Controversial Figures notoriously Left Julia Timoshenko's Party, in order to create another one..


=> It's, therefore, interesting to note that the experienced former Prime Minister replied to a relevant "EuroFora"s Question on the forseable Future prospects by stressing her Hope for a "New" pro-European Government, soon, in Ukraine :


  - "Everything seems to show "very strong results in these Elections", she told us, "and I think that we are very well positioned" in order "to form a New, Strong  ProEuropean Ukranian Government", as she concluded Today.

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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