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French President Macron to Eurofora at G20 Summit: Protect Cyprus-Israel-Egypt+ Energy EU links

Written by ACM
Saturday, 08 July 2017
 
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*Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- France and the EU should and could Protect the evolving Oil-Gas Findings at EU-Member Cyprus, and accelerating Plans for Direct Energy Transport to Europe, in cooperation with Israel, Egypt, Greece, Italy, etc., according to New French President Emmanouel Macron, speaking to "Eurofora" on the sidelines of his Press Conference at the Conclusion of the 2017 "G-20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany).


The move came here while controversial Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan, whose Government just Blocked the recent UN Efforts for a peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus, at Switzerland's Crans Montana, by insisting to Claim an Unilateral Right for even More Military Invasions and Occupations also in the Future, in Addition to a Prolonged presence of Turkish Troops already occupying the Northern Part of the island, on Pretexts of "Security", Threatend the Island with "a Plan B or C" if it doesn't "behave", (i.e. apparently an even Worse Partition), at his own Press Conference, this Same Day in Hamburg, that "Eurofora" attended.


Meanwhile, UNO's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who came here (Hamburg/G20 Summit) directly from Switzerland's Crans Montana, where Cyprus' UN Sponsored Talks had just been Stalled, did not make any Press Conference in Hamburg, and was urgently in the process of "Leaving for Ukraine", as UNO's Press Director and Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric told "Eurofora" by phone.


Recent Oil-Gas Findings at Cyprus exclusive Economic Zone, located inside EU's External Borders, and several other Neighouring Countries, such as Israel, Egypt, partly Lebanon, and eventualy Greece, etc, incited the experienced EU Commissioner for Energy, Maros Sefcovic to speak about "a possible 2nd Norway" at the Northern Sea, (i.e. Europe's Biggest Gas Resources, but recently Declining), as he characteristicaly said in reply to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, on April 2017 in Brussels, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionersefcoviconcyprusenergy.html )


 - "It's a Big Chance for All", had stressed, in this regard, already as early as since 2015, Emmanouel Macron, (then Minister of Economy, Before becoming President of the Republic), replying to a relevant "Eurofora"'s Question on Cyprus, Israel and Egypt Oil - Gas Findings and the East-MED Pipeline project for Direct Transport into the EU, while he Inaugurated the European/International Fair of Strasbourg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.html )

 

=> In consequence, "Would, France and Europe, Protect, now, those New Energy Resources' Exploration and Findings, due to be Directly Transported in Europe, by EU Member Cyprus, in Cooperation with Israel, Egypt, Greece, etc. ?", "Eurofora" asked Today Macron, shortly after concluding his Press Conference at the "G20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany).


 - After carefuly, and repeatedly Hearing "Eurofora"s Question, President Macron confirmed that he Remembered our above-mentioned 1st Press Exchange, on September 2015, (Comp. Supra), After which he had immediately Decided to Change his Draft Agenda for an imminent Visit to Israel and Palestinian Authority, by Adding there also a meeting with the Israeli Minister of Energy, (See : .....)


- "Yes !", the New French President replied Positively to "Eurofora"'s Query.


- "I do Think that We (France and the EU) Should act accordingly !", Macron clearly added, in this regard.


 - His Reply came precisely when "Eurofora" reminded the Fact that "EU Member Cyprus" (in Association with Greece and italy, etc) plays a Strategic role in those Explorations and Transport Plans for New Energy Findings, Directly to Europe.


- Macron was accompagnied by New Finance/Economy Minister, and former EU Affairs Minister, Bruno Le Maire, who Nodded positively, in Confirmation of "Eurofora"s supplementary Observation about the Fact that such New Energy Resources in Europe's area, could Help Boost much needed Economic Growth. (Comp. various Le Maire's Replies to Different "Eurofora" Questions in the Past, f.ex. when he was EU Minister, etc).

 

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- The New French President appeared also spontaneously Interested to the Fact that, as "Eurofora" had Noted, French Oil-Gas Company "TOTAL" was now Firmly and Clearly Involved in that Project. Former Long-Time TOTAL's CEO, Christophe de Marjorie, had First Spoken with "Eurofora", in the Presidential Elysée Palace in Paris, back on 2011, about EU Member Cyprus' Gas Resources, and Anounced then his Intention to Take Part in the on-going Searches, (See relevant "Eurofora"'s NewsReport from Elysée Palace, then, at : ...). This was, indeed, Confirmed on 2012, but on 2014 TOTAL's CEO was Surprisingly Killed at an ill-elucidated Accident in a big Airport in Russia, attributed to some "Maintenance/Logistics" blunders, (See : ....), and the Cyprus' Energy issue was indirectly somewhat Postponed, until Recently.


>>> The most Important Fact Now is that "TOTAL" Giant Company, from France, together with Italian "ENI", are due to Start Drilling at Cyprus' territorial waters' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) slot Number 11, i.e. Adjacent to Egypt's, already succesful, "ZOR" slot, (for 2,5 Months), in just a Few Days : From Next Wednesday, July 12 !...


USA's "Noble Energy" (a Texas Company specialized in Deep Sea drilling) and recently "EXXON-Mobil", (for a Long Time Directed by Rex Tillerson as CEO, recently picked by US President Trump as New USA's Secretary of State), are also icluded among the interested Energy Companies which have already entered in concrete Agreements signed with Cyprus.


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Cyprus' and Israel's already Discovered Gas Fields total about 1,2 Trilion metric cubes, but much More are Expected to be Found soon, to which should be Added also those of Egypt's, around River Nile's Delta at South Mediterranean Sea, without excluding, later-on also Lebanon's part (Comp. Supra).


The East-MED Gas Pipeline is expected to Cost about 6 Billions €, and be definitively completed in 8 Years, i.e. before 2.025, with a support by EU Funds. The Electricity Cable, nicknamed "Europe-Asia InterConnector", costs about 3 Billions €, and it could embed also an Optic Fiber cable for Telecom Data Transfert only for 10% more only. Meanwhile, 1,5 Billion € have been reportedly earmarked by the EU to Fund that second project.
But, already, Before all that, Energy naturaly could be Send to Europe from nowadays, especialy with LNG Containers by Ships, (as, f.ex., Egypt seems to prefer, until now).


The most probably Huge Total Potential of Energy that this Key South-Eastern Mediterranean are encloses, had been already made Public, as Early as Since, at least, 2001 (See relevant "Eurofora" co-Founder's 3 NewsReports from a PanEuropean "Geo-Science" Mega-Conference in Strasbourg and other Experts, published then at "The Cyprus Weekly", and about which we had spoken with twice-elected former President of Cyprus, Glafkos Clerides, by phone, just before he visits former Egyptian President Mubarak in Cairo, precisely for an Agreed Delimitation of those Neihbouring Countries respective EEZ).

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 + It's also since 2001 that Experienced long-time EU Parliament's Rapporteur on Science/Technology Research, German f. MEP Rolf Linkohr, in an INTW with "Eurofora"s co-Founder, had already supported the Idea of developing a Middle-East region outreach for EU Maritime Technologies related to Modern Oil/Gas Exploration, Exploitation, and Transpots based in Cyprus, if the prospects for such Energy Resources' Findings were confirmed, (something which was done, meanwhile).

>>> Moreover, Linkohr had already advanced the view, in Our Encounter of 2001, that Cyprus' Oil-Gas Findings would Fit well EU's "Key Strategic" Need to "develop New Energy Sources inside Europe", in order to Help Free the EU from External Dependency, (See our relevant Publication, then, at "TCW", copy attached herewith).

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For that Delay of more than 16 Years in the Past (2001-2017), the main Responsible is Turkey's persistent Reluctance to really Solve the Political Cypus' Issue, as Ankara's Politicians have again shown, just a Few Days ago, at Crans-Montana, this July 2017 (Comp. Supra).


But Turkey, (and/or whoever might, eventualy, be Hidden behind it), does Not have any Right to Delay even more Europe's Direct Energy supplies.


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Thus, the Leaders of 3 directly involved Countries : Cyprus' President Anastassiades, Greece's Prime Minister Tsipras, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahou, recently met anew at a Trilateral Summit in Greece's Economic Capital : Thessaloniki, on June 2017, Focusing, inter alia, also on the Acceleration of "East-MED" Pipeline project, supported by the EU.


A Parallel Project to build also an UnderSea Cable for Electricity Transmission, liking Israel to Cyprus and Greece (via the Island of Creta) towards the rest of the EU, came also anew on the Limelight, (while Greece pushed even a Fiber Optic, Telecommunication cable project, on this Same Occasion, with a comparatively low cost. Cyprus, already Host of Many Off-shore Foreign/International Companies, is a Telecom. Hub between Europe and the Middle East area).

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=> The Next such Trilateral Summit of Cyprus-Greece-Israel is expected on Autumn 2017, at the Island of Cyprus, where the 3 Leaders are due to fully Sign a concrete Deal on EU-Supported "East-MED" future strategic Pipeline.


+ Egypt's recently augmented Gas Findings (also by Italian ENI, etc), adjacent to those of Cyprus and Israel, have also been Associated at another Series of Greece-Cyprus-Egypt Trilateral Summits, with President Al-Sisi, where Energy and Security naturaly play Primary roles. France has recently sold 2 "Mistral" High-Tech Military super-Ships (able to Transport Soldiers, Tanks, Helicopters, etc, and Equiped with a Hospital, as well as Modern Telecom and Electronic surveillance tools), in Agreement with Russia, (whose Initial bid, signed with former President Sarkozy, had got stalled by controversial Sanctions after the 2014 Ukraine conflict, under his successor, Hollande, whose mandate ended this year).


++ Even Neighbouring Lebanon, (which claims a part of a Giant Gas Field discovered at Israel's territorial waters, and might have also Other such Energy Resources nearby, f.ex. as Experienced Geology Experts had already told to "Eurofora"'s co-Founder, as Early as since Spring 2001), was Recently Visited by Top Political Officials from EU-Member Cyprus on Energy Findings and Transport means, (including, on May 2017, by the Cypriot Foreign Minister Casulides, who met also with Lebanese Minister of Energy Cesar Khalil, on the occasion of an International Oil and Gas Conference, offering also a 1,5 Millions € Defence Aid against Extremist Islamist ISIS' Attacks, as Energy and Security often go Together)...


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+ By a coincidence, Macron, who was Last Saturday in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, for a special Heads of State/Government Ceremony in honor of Helmut Kohl, the Historic German Chancellor of the ReUnification of Europe, has just met and warmly saluted, there, the former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was invited as a Guest and placed, during the Official Ceremony, side by side with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, (See relevant "Eurofora"s Newsreport from the spot, at : .... + 2 specific Photos). Afterwards, Macron reportedly Invited Sarkozy with his Wife (a Singer of Italian origine) for a Diner at Elysée Palace, together with his own Wife, New 1st Lady of France (a former Teacher), precisely at the Eve of this "G20" Summit, on July 5.


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Today's move Timely comes also in a quite Positive Context for Europe's Energy Links, in cooperation with Key and trusted Partners in the World, of Both New US President Trump's visits to Poland, for the "3 Seas" Initiative, and in Germany, for the "G20" Summit.


Part of the "3 Seas" Plan are LNG Terminals of Poland, at the Baltic Sea, and Croatia's, at the Krk Island, due to conclude on 2019, as well as Highway Links betwen Lithuania's and Greece's Seaports, at Thessaloniki, in the Aegean Sea, (a 2.000 Years Historic stronghold of Jewish presence in Europe, which was Harshly oppressed during the NAZI Invasion/Occupation at the 2nd World War, but Revived Recently, as a Memorial, inaugurated during the above-mentioned 2017 Trilateral Israel-Greece-Cyprus' Summit of June 2017 : Comp. Supra).


 - Meanwhile, Trump Anounced there, that USA can Contribute to the Diversification of Energy Sources, Supplies and Routes, to ensure Europe's Energy.

The "G20" Summit's Conclusions, presented Today in Hamburg by the 2017 Chair, German Chancellor Angie Merkel, inter alia, Point at "Energy Collaboration", particularly on "Energy Security":


"G20" officialy "Welcome(s) International Cooperation on the Development, Deployment and Commercialisation of sustainable and clean Energy Technologies", (f.ex. CO2-Free Gas, LNG Terminals, etc).
In this regard, the New US Administration of President Don Trump marked "its Strong Commitment in an approach which Lowers (CO2) Emmisions, while Supporting Economic Growth, and improving Energy Security Needs".


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+ The Forthcoming Franco-German Inter-Governemental meeting, Next Week in Paris, with Macron and Merkel on July 13, almost at the Same Time that New US President Don Trump is exceptionaly Invited there on the occasion of the French National Day of July 14, followed even by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's venue in France, on the occasion of the commemoration of Massive Persecution of Jews during the 2nd World War, on July 16, (etc), can, obviously, Timely facilitate Top Level Contacts also in relation of the Topical Issue described at this Paper, (i.e. Ensure the Security of Oil-Gas Energy Exploration and Transport Directly to Europe from any eventual interference : Comp. Supra).

 

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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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