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PACE President Agramunt to EF: Terrorism Victims voice must he heard (+CoE Chair Cyprus project)

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27. 01. 2017.
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The just re-Elected for a New Mandate, experienced President of PanEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Pedro Agramunt, a mainstream ChristianDemocrat MEP from the Governing Party of Rahoy in Spain, speaking to "Eurofora", earlier Today in Strasbourg, at the Conclusion of PACE's Winter 2017 Plenary Session, (23-27 January 2017), Clearly Declared his Firm Wish for the Voice of Victims of Terrorism to be Heard, in the foreseable Future, possibly also through the Added Force of his own Initiative "No Hate, No Fear", and a related New Priority of the current CoE's Presidency by Cyprus (for the Period of Novembe 2016 - May 2017), that was Welcomed, Earlier this Week, also by CoE's Secretary General Thornbjorn Jagland, (See+Infra).


- Yes, I really Hope so !", stressed CoE Assembly's President Agramunt, in Reply to a relevant Question by "Eurofora".


- Even if I don't know yet how exactly (this would be done), However, we (CoE) should act on that, he Agreed.


Jagland Earlier praised Cyprus' Presidency of CoE's Highest Political body, that of its Committee of Ministers, for having Recently Included, among its Priorities, also the Aim to Help Victims of Terrorism, who are, sometimes, "Left Alone", as he Denounced, and to Give them also "a Voice" on the matters affecting them, because of the Tragedy that they Faced.  CoE's SG said that during a Joint Press Point with Cyprus' Foreign Minister, Ioanis Kasulides, (CoE's Chairman-in-office), here in Strasbourg, last MonNday Afternoon.


Agramunt had Pursued Further his June 2016 "No Hate, No Fear", Pioneer Initiative, also during PACE's Autumn Plenary Session, last October 2016. On this occasion, he had Invited 2 Family members of Victims of ISIL's Bloody Terrorists who cowardly Targetted and Murdered many Innocent Civilian People, back on November 2015 in Paris, during the Attacks at "Bataclan" etc. In particular, the Mother of a Killed Young Girl from Italy had Launched, then, a Vibrant Call for Europe's own Voice to be Strongly Heard, against that Islamist Terrorism Barbary, and the Husband of a Killed Wife from France, had supported the view that Terrorisms' Victims really Needed to become Able to take Efficient Collective Actions Together.


Meanwhile, a well known and Experienced, mainly French Association of Victims of Terrorism (AfVT), which Existed Already in the Past, (i.e. Long Before the emergence of a spreading pseudo-"Islamist" Terrorism, recently), and often sends its Press Releases to "Eurofora", suddenly launched an Unusual, Strong Denonciation against the concrete conditions in which was prepared the January 2017 Annual Commemoration Day of the "Bataclan" a.o. ISIL's Attacks, (including, particularly, a reportedly outrageous Publicity that was made, on this occasion, to an Individual who had notoriously been in the Past the Leader of an Islamic Extremists' Group, from which had emerged even the Killers of "Charlie Hebdo" Journalists, back on January 2015, also in Paris.


Previously, it's also several 9/11 Mass Terrorism Victims' Families and Friends' NGOs, particularly HQ at New York, who had Vigorously Opposed, as useless, Scandalous and Dangerous Provocation, an Obama-backed Project to Build an Islamic Mosque at the Proximity of the "Ground Zero" area where about 3.000 Innocent Civilian People have Tragicaly Lost their Lives, after the 9/2001 Barbaric Terrorist Attacks, including Islamist Airplanes' HiJackers, etc).


More among them (9/11 Victims' Families and Friends), joined also by various Other Civil Society Activists, Independent Experts from all over the World, etc., had also Started various kinds of Efforts in order to Find the whole Truth about some, still Shady, Obscure or Controversial aspects of the TWC's strange Collapse, (and/or the Pentagon's, as well as the Air-Flights' Exceptional Incidents, at least on certain points).


On September 11, 2016's Fifteenth Anniversary, it was also Revealed, (particularly by various Press Articles pointing at the Re-Publication of aCritical INTW that had given on 9/11 the currently (2017) New US President, Don Trump, mainly about WTC's  collapse. Former US President GWBush had Heard, earlier, several Appeals, made then, by Victims' Families and Friends, to Open Independent Investigations on what Really Happened on 9/11. It wasn't yet known, up to Today, whether Trump might wish to eventualy pursue, one or another point of his initial reaction to 9/11or not.


But, Meanwhile, notoriously, the Various Recent Civilian Victims of Islasmist Terrorism have rapidly Multiplied also in USA, particularly during these Last Years of Barack Hussein Obama's term, which had just Ended.

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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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