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Killed TOTAL's CEO Margerie was key person v. US-led EU Sanctions on Russia + Cyprus' Gas findings

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Energy Giant "TOTAL" French Compagny's CEO, Christophe de Margerie, who has just been killed at a non-elucidated Airplane crash while leaving Moscow for Paris, was a key person both among Critics against USA-led EU Sanctions on Russia, and on Cyprus' Gas Exploration, a matter of big potential, but harassed by Turkish Warships these same days...
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- TOTAL's CEO had already been among the most important representatives of French Business, Politics and Culture who had recently met with Russian Duma's President Naryshkin, during an exceptional visit last September in Paris, where he spoke with CoE's Parliamentary Assembly's Bureau mainly on the Ukranian crisis. The civil-society parallel gathering was particularly focused on the disadvantages and the Harm provoked to the PanEuropean cooperation and Economy by USA-led EU Sanctions on Russia : Something against which, Margerie had notoriously spoken, even in public, at various occasions recently.

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His latest visit to Moscow, earlier this week, was reportedly focused on a collective meeting with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev on current Cooperation Projects, (including, it seems, Arctic Ocean's and/or Siberia's natural resources), and Margerie's strange rush to urgently return back to Paris immediately, even by taking the risk to fly overnight, at almost MidNight (!), while a sudden Cold had even diminished Visibility, might probably have been due to the fact that he wanted to be actively present, Next Morning, Tuesday, October 21st, around the French Presidential Elysée Palace, where President Hollande had scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Fabius and, subsequently, hold a larger Ministerial meeting focused on the forthcoming EU Summit in Brussels, 23-24 October 2014, which would notoriously deal both with the question whether to maintain or at least partialy lift the USA-led EU Sanctions against Russia, as well as with Turkey's Warships' provocations against Cyprus' Gas, which had just started.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and many other Moscow Officials were obviously upset by the un-elucidated yet Tragic Incident which suddenly provoked the brutal Death of Margerie and 3 other persons (including his Pilot), called the Head of TOTAL a real "Friend", denounced at least a "Criminal Negligence", if not even worse, among those responsible for what happened at the Vnukovo Airport, and accelerated an impressive series of Arrests followed of Jail Detentions or Home Confinements, etc., f.ex. of the driver of a snow-cleaning car which obstructed the runaway during Margerie Falcon's uplift, Mr. Martynenko (despite the denials of his Lawer Mr. Karabanov), 2 Airport's Agents : Miss Krivsun and Mr. Kruglof, added to various other Senior Officials, while also firing its CEO, Andrew  Clerks, etc, ... (a real collection of astonishingly Foreign-looking, not-really Russian, Names !).


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+ What is less known in Public, is the personal importance of Christophe de Margerie's own role at another "Hot" issue which suddenly surfaced these same days, up to the forthcoming EU Summit at the of this week in Brussels : Turkey's provocative decision to send Warships together with "Barbaros Pasa" undersea exploration Turkish Ship, inside EU Member Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone, even in front of European/International Compagnies'  allocated areas, where they were starting drilling and/or other Oil/Gas Exploration activities near previous recent findings.

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In fact, after USA's "Noble Energy" (from Texas), which had already drilled with success at one block, due to follow Italian "ENI"'s and South-Korean KOGAS' drills of this last quarter of 2014 at another Block, French "TOTAL" is due to start drilling at a 3rd Block in Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone from the Beginning of 2015, i.e. it represents the next big step in the on-going search for more Oil/Gas resources in that area, close to which Israel has already made recently Huge Findings, after Egypt, etc.


But TOTAL's (one of the Biggest 4 or 5 Energy Companies in the World), decision to get involved in Cyprus' Gas resources was, in fact, taken by its CEO, Christophe de Margerie, personaly, during a meeting with "EuroFora"s co-Founder in the French Presidential Palace of "Elysée", at an unforgetable Evening of precisely January 6, 2012 :

 

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After the participants to an Annual Conference on European Economy's role in a Globalized World, named "New World - New Ideas", heard a landmarkk Speech by out-going G-8 and G-20 Chairman, the then President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, during a subsequent Reception, "EuroFora" approached Margerie and, after reminding him the first Findings of Energy Resources at EU Member Cyprus' territorial waters, initially by an American Company, asked him whether a core EU Country like France, (in whose Kingdom had been also, in History, that strategic island for more than 4 Centuries in the Past), would be "Present" there too, in the foreseable Future.

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- TOTAL's CEO immediately replied that "he Knew" about mainly "Gas Findings" in that area, and, after apparently giving a thought to the matter, suddenly lifted his head and told us, with resolution, that - "Yes, France too, will be Present there", but we must now "move fast" enough, as Margerie added at the end with a smile, obviously playing also with words, which indicated, by the way, in addition, that, now it was Time to advance towards Elysée's main entrance, as we were the Last (together with a former Minister of Trade, and a few ladies, etc), visitors of that Night...

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Shortly afterwards, in some Months' time, it soon became also Public News that Margerie had kept his promises : France's "TOTAL" had, indeed, entered as a New Big Player in the South-Eastern Mediterranean Energy resources game, (as also ENI, KOGAS, etc), at the side of EU-Member Cyprus, until things evolved up to the imminent, now, Drillings scheduled from January-March 2015.

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++ Moreover, both these two above-mentioned issues, probably were closely interlinked together recently, more and more near Margerie's key role, when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades reportedly met at the sidelines of the recent EU - ASEAN Summit at Milan (Italy), just a few Days ago, where the issue of Turkey's violent threats against Cyprus' sovereign Right to peacefuly exploit its territorial waters' natural resources in oil/gas, was discussed, in the run-up for the forthcoming EU Brussels' Summit of October 23-24, 2014, where the maintenance or partial/total review of US-led Sanctions against Russia had notoriously been included already in the Agenda, which was expected to extend also to Cyprus.

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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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