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EU Chair, Austrian Chancelor Kurz on FRONTEX + Neighbouring Countries: Bring Back irregular Migrants

Written by ACM
Friday, 14 December 2018
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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite some current Controversies on FRONTEX's further development, (particularly around CoastGuards' precise role), nevertheless, its Mandate has been Strengthened, in recent proposals and practice, specialy regarding External relations to Neighbouring 3rd Countries, including their Cooperation into Bringing Back and dealing with Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants attempting to tresspass EU's External Borders, (in order to avoid Problems similar to 2015/2016), stressed Today in substance EU President in office, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, at the Final Press Conference of the December 2018 EU Summit in Brussels.


Flanked by EU Commission and Council's Presidents, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, Kurz was Replying to Press Questions particularly on "What happened to <<Europe that Protects>> ?", as far as its External Borders are concerned.


- Already since June 2018 (i.e. having Started during the previous, Bulgarian EU Presidency), there is a Stronger Focus on External Cooperation with 3rd Countries, where "FRONTEX's Mandate has been strengthened, and this is Decisive", Kurz pointed out.


- This is Key into "Reducing the Number of People Embarking for Europe", he stressed.

 

- Because at the moment, we have a situation where, when People set out for Europe, they are rescued by European Ships, and they are taken, afterwards, into Europe.

 

- But, if (f.ex.) the Libyan CoastGuards, that we (EU) are Supporting and Training, as well as the Egyptian CoastGuards, can Rescue more People, then, once they Rescue People, they shouldN't continue to Europe. These People should be brought Back, (f.ex.) to Africa.

 
=> - This would Deter People from setting up towards Europe, at the first place. Because that way to Europe would be Closed. There will be just a way back to Africa".

 

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+ And, moreover, "this Removes the Basis for the Business of Traffickers of Human beings". Because "People woN't want to Take the Risk, anymore".


- That's why Kurz, together with EU Council's President, Donald Tusk; have recently Started Talks with Egypt's leadership, that has been very Helpful,  while Italy and other EU Countries are also Supporting the Lybian Coastguards, etc.


=> So, Nowadays, that kind of Massive Influx "has been Reduced - 95% compared to 2015-2016", he noted, (obviously pointing at that, earlier, UnPrecedented and UnWarned, sudden Huge "Tsunami" of more than 1,5 Millions Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants tresspassing in Europe through Turkey's Sea Borders to EU Member Greece, which was Initially and mainly Stopped thanks to the Closure of the Western Balkans' route by several European Countries, (Starting from Hungary, etc), as converging Official Data from competent International Organisations as UNHCR and IOM, have already Proved, (See "Eurofora"s relevant NewsReport, already Published as early as since the Beginning of May 2016, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unpopulareuvisafreefor80millionsturksuseless.html etc).


+ And, "as far as the Central Mediterranean is concerned, we have Today ZERO (0) Arrivals, as that way has been Closed !", Kurz went on to add, in conclusion.  


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>>> Such Recent Developmentrs concerning EU Neighbours Egypt, Libya, and other relevant North African Countries related to that Central Mediterranean route of huge Massive Irregular Migrants' route, are naturally very Interesting also as far as it regards another key EU Neighbour : Turkey, who is, moreover, notoriously Paid more than 3 Billions € in full Grants by the EU, each Year, in order to Stop Smuggling of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants into Europe.


+ To these Sums of fresh Money, are added, Moreover, 1 Billion € in Grants per Year, as Pre-Accession Funds, as well as around 4 Billions € per Year in EIB's Loans, making of Turkey the Most EU-Supported Non-European Neighbouring Country of all !


>>> However, despite of all that, After an Initial Drop of the infamous 2015/2016 "Tsunami" of 1,5 Billion Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, (started and mainly due to the Closure of Western Balkans' Route by several European Countries, at First Hungary, etc), nevertheless, the Number of such irregular Mass Tresspassings of EU's External Borders by Turkish Smugglers, recently, Re-Started to Grow anew, slowly but constantly...


To the point that, Nowadays, entire Islands of EU Member Country Greece, located at the Aegean Sea near the Turkish Borders, are notoriously Suffering by the manifold consequences of seriously OverCrowded Reception Camps for Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants still arriving through Turkey, Adversely affecting the Lives of Both Migrants and EU Citizens living there, to Unprecedented Levels, in Scandalous Conditions, as many have recently Denounced.


But FRONTEX's CoastGuards' behavior vis a vis Turkish Smugglers there, seems to have become exactly ...the Opposite of what Chancellor Kurz has just described, at this EU Summit's concluding Press Conference in Brussels, as being now the rule at Central Mediterranean : Instead of Protecting and Shielding EU's External Borders from Massive Irregular Tresspassings, on the Contrary, FRONTEX nowadays almost always, routinely limits itself only into ...Rescuing All the Incoming Turkish Smugglers' Vessels, plenty of Non-European Migrants from all over the World, and mainly Asia or Africa, (mots of them, heavily Islamized, at Exceptional levels, at least those that Turkey choses to Import in Europe), and Afterwards merely Bringing them inside EU Member Country Greece's land, as a lot of relevant Press Anouncements reveal...(Comp.: ..., etc).


I.e. precisely what Italy's Beppe Grillo's "5 Stars" Movement (currently in the Governmental Coalition), had notoriously Criticized as a role of ... "TAXIS" (sic !) serving Smugglers !


+ This seems to have been added also to a lot of various Other potential Scandals, apparently concerning some among those (NGOs, Businesses, Experts/Volunteers, etc) who have chosen to regularly deal (and mostly receaving EU Funds for it) with the People trapped in that kind of unique situation, as it has just Started to be Recently Denounced, (both in the Greek, as well as in the European or International Press).


To the point that, the Question raised by that Journalist in EU Summit's concluding Press Conference Today in Brussels, about : -"What has Happened to that <<Europe which Protects ?>>" (Comp. Supra),

is inevitably here Doubled also by the Addition of another one : - "Why, and until When will Europe allow Turkey to still Behave Worse than some African Countries ?", (Comp. Supra).

 

 

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(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora"'s Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be Published asap).


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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

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    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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