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EUParliament: MEP Urges action on Turkey threats v. Oil/Gas dev. by EU+US Companies in Greece+Cyprus

Written by ACM
Monday, 15 May 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking at EU Parliament's Plenary Session's beginning, Today in Strasbourg, after its President, Antonio Tajani, called him on the forum, mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Christoforou from Cyprus, strongly Denounced Turkey's current "Threats" and "Provocations" against EU Members' Greece and Cyprus' Exclusive Economiqe Zones and bullying of European Oil/Gas Companies' peaceful exploration and/or exploitation of Natural Resources which belong tp Europe.

EU Commission's vice-President on Energy Sefcovic, and New French President Macron, speaking to "Eurofora" at different occasions, about those, still unfolding, South-Eastern Mediterranean Energy resources' findings, (which extend also to adjacent Israel and Egypt's fields, in close cooperation with them), have earlier Welcomed and qualified that area's New potential as a probable "2nd Norway" and "a Big Chance for all" concerned, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionersefcoviconcyprusenergy.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.htm l).

- "2 EU Member States, Cyprus and Greece, are currently Facing the pressing and expansionist Threats of Turkey, which Violates their Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zones, imposing also Naval Exclusions", MEP Christoforou accused Ankara.

- "Turkey even went as far as to Threaten also European Companies, such as ENI (Italy) and TOTAL (France), for the Exploration of Natural Gas in that area", he pointed out.                                                                                                                                            
=> Therefore, - "This is a crucial Challenge also of EU's Credibiilty", also because - "It's a Violation of Sovereign Rights, not just of 2 EU Member States', but also of EU's itself".

- Indeed, "a 3rd Counry canNot claim to be an EU Accession Candidate, and, at the same time, to Violate EU's Values and rules", the MEP criticized, as a matter of General Principle.
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- "That's a Dangerous practice from Turkey, and it provokes Risks in Eastern Mediterranean" Sea,  while also "Insulting and provoking 2 EU Member States", he Warned.

=> - That's why all this "calls for EU Solidarity, for Respect of (EU) Values and Rules, as well as to Take Measures vis a vis a 3rd Counntry which provokes Instability in that area, while also Violating EU Principles", the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Cypriot MEP, urged in conclusion.

The Issue might be discussed also on the sidelines of the forthcoming "G 7" Summit of Heads of State/Government in Taormina (Italy), scheduled for May 25-26, which will be attended also by New US President Don Trump, while, in addition to the Hosting Country : Italy's ENI, and New French President Macron's TOTAL from France, it's also USA's "Noble Energy", as well as "Exxon-Mobil oil" (the former Company of New USA State secretary Rex Tillerson, who has notoriously worked as its Long-time CEO), which are among those already actively involved in Exploration/Exploitation plans of New Oil/Gas Resources around EU Member Cyprus.

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EU Parliament has scheduled a Keynote Debate, coupled also with a Vote on a relevant Resolution, about this forthcoming "G 7" Summit, for Wednesday, 17 May 2017, during its weekly Plenary Session in Strasbourg (15-18/5/2017), i.e. at the Same Day that New UNO's Secretary General Antonio Guterrez has been Invited by Tajani to address MEPs and hold a Press Conference, here, later-on, (Comp., Guterrez earlier Statements to "Eurofora"s co-Founder, also as former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, after serving even as Portugal's former Prime Minister, etc, f.ex. at : ... + ...).

 

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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.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "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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