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Historic Record Short EU Summit on BREXIT unexpectedly Ends in Less than 3 Hours !

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29.04.17

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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Shortest ever Summit in EU's History, was that of EU's 27 States, specificaly Dedicated to "BREXIT",  in Brussels Today !


Indeed, this EU27 Summit's official Start was scheduled from 12.30, and, given the usual preliminary Exchange of Views with EU Parliament President, practicaly, it could Not realy Start befode 13.00, at the Earliest.


But, already since 13.50, EU Council's Press Service was Publishing at its Internet Site for the World Wide Web, the full Official "Conclusions" of that Exceptional Summit ! (It arrived to Registered Journalists' EMails on 14.06, including at "Eurofora"s).


"Imperatoria Brevitas" : In his subsequent Press Conference, EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, revealed from the outset that, in Fact, this Summit's "Conclusions", (consisting in EU27's "Guidelines" for BREXIT's Negotiations), "were Adopted IMMEDIATELY after we Started the Summit"...


And the Final, general Press Conference of EU Institutions' Leaders, previously Scheduled for about "22.00" at the Evening, (an indicative Time Horizon, usually Extended in real Practice, for much Later, in most EU Summits, as all those who have a long Experience on them, know well), on the Contrary, took place ... Six (6) Hours Earlier, from 16 o'clock !

To the Memory of one among the Most Experienced EU Council's Press Officers, speaking to "Eurofora" Later-on, he had "Never" seen Before such a Short-lived EU Summit in History...

 

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This seems to be at least one of the Main Reasons for which, Exceptionaly, a Number of EU Members' Heads of State/Government and other EU Leaders were Absent, this Time, from Brussels.

 

- It's True that EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, said in his Press Conference, that, on BREXIT Issues, "Speed is of Essence" : "Our British Friends repeatedly" said that "they were Ready to Agree ...Quickly", at least on the Issue of about "4,5 Millions of People: Europeans residing in the UK, and Britons living on the Continent". EU "Commission has Prepared a full List of Rights and Benefits that we (EU) would like to Guarantee for those Affected by the BREXIT". Now, "we Need a Serious British Response", and, "as Soon as the UK offers real Guarantees for our Citizens, we will Find a Solution Quickly", he concluded.


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- However, Tusk also spoke about, "above all, Quality, as so Many People's lives Depend on it".  This naturaly includes also the "Quality "of Journalists' Reporting on all that, (particularly in English Language).


But, in Fact, all those poor European Journalists, who had, previously, to Travel throughout several EU Member States, either by Taking an Airplane, if not 6 or more Hours of Train, (sometimes even ...3 successive Trains, even by Paying a "TGV" "1st Class" Ticket), as well as to Find an Hotel in Brussels for, at least 2 Nights, (since that EU27 Summit's preparations were Starting practicaly since Early Morning, f.ex. the usual Political Groups' Meetings, etc, and its Normal End had been Scheduled for about "22.00" in the Evening : Comp. Supra), in Addition to spending sometimes an Hour to cross Brussels, (unless searching and paying always a Taxi, as he were Obliged to do), Walk amidst "Security" Blockades, search their Badge elsewhere, almost Risk their Lives by trying to Cross a Large Avenue always full of never stopping, Fast Running Cars, without any other way to cross, etc,


would Better have paid a One Way Ticket to Argentina's Patagonia, and Enjoy an EU Council Website Reading, at a Confortable Couch or even Bed, drinking a Coca - Cola, Breathing the Oxygen of Antractic Ocean's Fresh Air, (and, perhaps, by the way, even Closer to the current Pope Francis' original footpaths)...

 

After all, it seems that this  "BREXIT" thing, Risks really to turn  many aspects of Europe upside down !

 

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(NDLR: "DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors, earlier. 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.

    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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