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EU Parliament: Focus Against Turkey's controversial + unpopular EU bid, for Other Link

Автор ACM
Wednesday, 19 May 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- For the 1st Time since long, MEPs were much More Opposed to Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, asking to immediately Drop it, than to EU Funds for Ankara, and Critics were Boosted even Further by recent Kidnappings +Killing of Christians,  added to Bombardments of North-Iraq Civilians, even of Churches, after an Exceptional Peak of Human Rights/Democracy Violations, Military Invasions/Occupations, and Aggressions/Bullying against EU Member States Key for European Energy Resources in South/Eastern Mediterranean, as it results from the Votes on EU Parliament's latest Report on EU-Turkey relations, which had Concluded by soberly calling EU Commission and Council to, at last, officialy Revise an Old and OutDated 2000-2005 stance, particularly if Ankara does Not Soon radicaly Change its overall attitude.

=> Thus, in Fact, such overall Mouvements clearly reveal that Europeans are more and more Motivated by Deeply rooted and Substantial Reasons, in their, Already well-Established (Since 2005-2007/2009+ "No" to EU-Referenda and Elections in Key EU Countries as France, Germany, etc., Followed on 2009-2016 even by Many UK's pro-BREXIT Voters), and Currently Spreading Larger, Firm Opposition against Turkey's controversial and UnPopular EU bid,

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 - Indeed, already 126 MEPs Voted "For" (98) or Abstained (28) on a Critical Amendment "Calling" the EU "to Terminate All Funding to Turkey", and, "Furthermore ...to Stop all EIB Loans to Turkey" Now.

         With a Wide Scope, the move Included Funds from the so-called "Pre-<Accession" (sic !), the "Multiannual Financial Framework", and even "the EU-Turkey action Plan on Migration", (an Unprecedented, mukti-Billions € full Grants Each Year to Ankara, Notoriously usurpated by Turkey on 2016, inside a Brussels City Lockdowned by a series of Deadly Islamist Terrorists' Attacks Cowardly Targeting Civilians, and a Record-High "Tsunami" of more than 1,5 Million Mass Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants illegaly Tresspassing into the EU through Turkey and its Smugglers, which openly "Blackmailed" the EU, then, at least Until Hungary first, Followed by other Key European Countries started to Protect their Borders, Drasticaly Reducing such InFlows : See Dated Facts f.ex. at : ... + ..., etc).

    - MEPs' Amendment "Underlined that Turkey is Using the Facility for Refugees to challenge and Blackmail the EU and its Member States, in order to obtain some leverage for political, economic or military Concessions, to justify its Aggressive behaviour towards the EU Member States, and to pursue its foreign policy Ambitions". (They forgot, however, the Basic Fact that Turkey, First of all, Profits from a blatant and cynical, massive over-Exploitation of Millions of captive Immigrants, landlocked at its Borders, mostly living in unhealthy, sometims deadly, closed "Camps", encircled by Turkish Soldiers and several times Beaten by Guards and/or the Army, as early videos an/or testimonies showed).

    + Moreover, those MEPs "reiterate(d) that the EU should definitively Stop considering a Modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union, also taking nto account that the continuous Violations of Human rights and fundamental Freedoms by the Erdogan regime would make any alleged strong Conditionality on those aspects Impossibleto be fulfilled". Therefore they "Aske(d)" also "for the Suspension of the EU-Turkey Customs Union agreement, which entered into force on 31 December 1995". Indeed, that 1995, very Controversial event occured amidst ECHR 1st revelations about Grave "InHuman/Degrading Treatments" in Turkey, f.ex. the Vold-blood Murder (by GunShots) of a Handicaped former Political Prisoner in Turkish Jails, who had Denounced Torture provoking the loss pf the uf one opf its Hands, and Refused to Obey to Threats asking him to Withdraw his Lawsuit against Ankara lodged to Strasburg's Paneuropean Court ("Aksoy" vase), but Also the Brutal Expulsion of a Kurdish Family from its Home and Fields by Turkish Soldiers who throwed even Children to the Road and Destroyed the Victims' Livelihood, Obliging them to be Displaced, by Foot, to Far-away Izmir (ex-Smyrne), where they lived at Santyutowns in Horrible Conditions of Heavy Poverty, ("Akdivar" case). In Addition, the Entry into force of that Controversial ">EU-Turkey Customs Union", from January 1996, was Marked by the Brutal Crushing of the Head and Killing of a Young Dissident by the Turkish Police, after a Protest in a Cemetery for Deaths of HungerStrikes among ill-treated Political Prisoners, ("Goctepe" case).

    Otherwise, inevitably, EU would Risk to practicaly be Suspected to ...Profit and become Accomplice, in fact, in Turkey's over-Exploitation of Millions of Immigrants : Something that, obviously, Only some "Fake Europeans" deprived of Conscience might, perhaps, accept, But Never any "Real Europeans" and/or really Human Rights and Freedom-Loving People !

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    + But More (125) MEPs mainly Voted "For" (115) or Abstained (tO) on anOther, "Heavier" and Sharper Amendement, "Stressing ...that ....Turkey’s Accession negotiations have ... come to a StandStill;", and "Calling ...to unconditionally and irrevocably Tterminate all Negotiations regarding Turkey’s Accession to the EU", as it ...should ... Not become a Member of the EU".

    Among the Many Reasons cited for that is Mainly the Fact that "Turkey is not a European Country, and does Not Act in accordance with European Values, particularly those aimed at preserving a Peaceful Europe". Indeed, "the Evidence of the Facts" –as "also the continuous countless Provocations towards Member States, the Aggressive behaviour in the Mediterranean, the Instrumentalisation of Refugees (f.ex. on 2015-2016+ through the Aegean Sea, and 2020 via Evros River at Northern Greece, etc) "and the Threat of Unbearable Migratory Pressure – has now Turned the European Hope of starting to build a ‘Positive dynamic’ with Turkey, ..., into an  Utopian exercise" , those MEPs Warned today...

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    ++ Surprizingly, an Even much Greater Number of MEPs (214 MEPs, i.e. 64 "No" and 150 "Abstentions") Refused to Back the Final EU Parliament's Resolution on Turkey, which did Not Ask for an Immediate Stop to Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU Bid, (See Infra).

    >>> The Cause seems to be a Legitimate Frustration of Many MEP, from Various Political Groups, when anOther Critical Amendment, against Recent "Kiodnappings" and even "Murder" of "Christians" , "underlying the Increase in Discrimination Against Christians in Turkey",  drew "particular Attention f.ex. to the cases of Simoni Diril, who was Kidnapped and Murdered, and Hurmuz Diril, who was (also) kidnapped and is Missing,", while their "cases ...are still Not being Investigated by the Turkish Authorities", despite gatting as much as ...325 Votes of MEPs, nevertheless, was finaly droped because of a comparatively Small Difference of Only 20 MEPs (i.e.345 "Against")...

    The Couple of Simoni and Hurmuz Diril had been Initialy found "Missing" by their Son, from Istanbul, and were the Last Assyrian Christians (the Oldest in the World) still living near Turkey's Borders to Syria/Iraq, etc. + Moreover, almost at the Same Time, Ankara's Military reportedly "Bombarded" Many other Christian Civilian People, hit even a Church, etc., inside Iraq, where they had seeked Refuge from previous Aggressions, to the point that several Organisations, (including the "Great Orient" mainly of France, operating since 1860, etc), Asked the EU to Pursue Turkey for "War Crimes", (in a Press Release communicated to "Eurofora"), after such Brutal Attacks, Hitting many Civilian People at Villages of Neighbouring Countries, as Iraq, that Even Pope Francis had tried to Dissuade with his Recent Trip to that Country, and particularly Near the Areas Now Hit by the Turkish Bombs, (See relevant "Eurofora"'s Publications, then, at: ... + ..., etc).

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    +++ Nevertheless, EU Parliament's Majority at least Adopted, in fine, a Critical Resolution on Turkey which Asks for "the Formal Suspension of Accession Negotiationns with Turkey, in order ...to Review ...the Appropriateness of the Current Framework (of Ankara's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid), and its Possibility to Function, Or, if Necessary, to Explore possible New Models for Future Relationsé", (i.e. Out of the EU, f.ex. via some kind of Cooperations, etc), as Voted 480 MEPs from all Mainstream and Pro-European Groups, for the 1st Time in History.

    Such a Move must be done "If the current Negative Trend (concerning Turkey's Behavior)is Not, Urgently and Consistently, Reversed" asap, EU Parliament specified, (provoking Diplomatic Protests from Ankara).

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    ++++ => At any case, for EU Parliament, sit's clear that Ankara's "Unacceptable Provocations (Comp. Supra).... Should Not be Rewarded by Continuing EndLess and PointLess Accession Negotiations with Turkey", stressed anOther Amendment, surprizingly Adopted by a Big Majority of 557 MEPs from All Groups, Voting "Yes", (Against Only 101 "No"), Even ikf it had been Tabled, initialy, by the Rightists of the "ID" Group !

    >>> Significantly, this was one of The Most Popular Amendments adopted by EU Parliament Today, (with even More Votes than the overall Resolution itself : Comp. Supra)...

 

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=>  Brief OverView (on relevant Past + Future) :

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    >>> Concerning that EU Parliament's call to consider anOther, "Model of Relations" between EU and Turkey, officially and Definitevely Droping the Controversial and UnPopular EU Accession Procedure, (Comp. Supra), among various other Points, it"s Interesting to know How that (a priori Incredible) Proposal was Initiated, around thz End of the 1990ies :

    - During an Exceptionaly Important and semi-Confidential  EU - USA collective Meeting then, in the sidelines of EU Parliament's Plenary in Strasbourg, that "Eurofora"s co-Founder was Covering, suddenly, a "Paper" from the Turkish Government was Distributed.

    EU - Turkey relations were, then, Hampered by a quasi-Total Blockade of almost All EU Funding programs for Ankara, Because of Serious and massive Violations of Human Rights and Democatic principles, War Threats against EU Member Greece, the persisting Military Invasion and Occupation of Cyprus by Ankara's Army, the Kurdish Problem, Turkey's Refusal to Recognize the Armenian Genocide, etc. In Consequence, Brussels' Business Lobbyists risked to see many Millions $ to "Disappear" for them, and be Returned Back to EU Member States, since the End of the 1990 Decade was Approaching, withOut having managed to Spend them...

    At that Crucial Moment, Turkey asked for "a New (Funding) Program" from the EU, which could Not be Blocked as easily as all the others, on Pretext of a New Relation" with the EU, which was that Scandalous and Crazy Idea (UnThinkable then) of Ankara's so-called "Accession" process into the EU !

    After the Non-Elucidated Brutal Killing of Critical Greek Minister for EU Affairs, Yanos Kranidiotes (also of Cypriot Origin : See our relevant Articles Published then at "TCWeekly" and/or "MPAgency")), the Massive Killings of Tens of Thousands of Poor People in Turkey when their Scandalously Badly-Build Houses were Demolished by an Exceptionaly Big Earthquake near Istanbul/Constantinople, apparently Provoked by an UnderSea Drilling Deep inside the Bosphorus and Dardanellia Straights, (See our relevant Articles then at "MPAgency" and/or Other Newspapers, etc)^, added to several Exceptional Political Changes, Aggressions and/or Oppression of Critical Journaalists, the Strange Marginalisation even of French Minister for EU Affairs, afterwards Top MEP Alain Lamassoure, as he Denounced himself Later, (etc), as it's well Known, the December 1999 EU Summit at Helsinki Decided to Accept Turkey's EU Candidacy, and the Negotiations' Procedure Officialy Started on 2004.

    But the Popular and Political Struggles Against such a blattant Betrayal even of the most Elementary Principles and Values of the European Idea, (mainly by some "Fake Europeans" as the UnPopular former UK Prime Minister "Bliar", etc), Started to Reverse that Trend, through 3 "No" to EU-Referenda (in France, the Neherlands and Ireland: 2005-2007), key Elections (in France, Germany, Greece, and Other Key Countries, as well as in EU Parliament: 2005-2009), etc., Followed even by "BREXIT" (2016) and Turkey going Astray in a Hamoc (Kurds' Massacres, Psedo-"Putch" of 6 Hours, Exploited as Pretext for Hundreds of Thousands of Arrests, Torture, Killings and Lynching, Firing of Judges, Universitarians, Journalists, Teachers, MPs and Mayors, even Military staff and Soldiers, etc, added to WarShips' Bullying against EU Members Greece and Cyprus' Energy Resources, Smuggling of More than 1,5 Million Mass "Asylum Seekers"/Irregular Migrants suddenly Tresspassing into the EU through Turkey, Military Invasions/Occupations and/or Deadly Attacks in Syria (Twice), Iraq, Libya, even Armenia, etc. : 2015-2021), as well as Many very Negative Polls among European People, Notoriously Hampered, and almost "Freezed" Ankara's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, Nowadays.

    But, Meanwhile, UnPrecedented EU Funds, of Many Billions each Year, including Full Grants, are being Paid to that Turkish Regime..., (which had almost totaly Collapsed, already on 1921, i.e. a Century Earlier : See f.ex.:... , etc).

    => Put an Official and Definite End to Ankara's controversial and unpopular EU "Candidacy" Nightmare, (which Undermined the whole EU), Obviously is an Elementary thing to do, the Soonest, Liberating, at last, Europe, from such a Heavy Blunder. After all, Even European Countries like the UK, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, etc, are Not EU Members Nowadays... Why should Ankara ?

    + However, the Question of controversial Big EU Funds (etc) to Turkey (Comp. Supra)still remains Open : Shall EU definitively Reverse the Errors of 2000-2004+, just in order to Fall Back to a ...Worse Situation than what was Already the case on 1998-1999 (Comp. Supra) ?

    The European People certainly Deserve much Better, and All Real Europeans must Help Free their immense Potential (from such Heavy Traps by Fake Europeans), in order to resolutely Develop our Historic Continent in the foreseable Future !

    EU is Not Condemned to be a Suspected Accomplice of a Retrograde and Oppressive Over-Exploitation, depending on a Turkish schema, But, on the Contrary, can and must Boost the Production of European Workers and, Mainly, Creative Innovation with strategic High-Tech. Europe's History, Culture, Potential, and Mission in the World, as well as our Citizens' Wellfare and Sovereignity, clearly point towards such an Horizon.


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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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