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EU Chair Slovenia Spokesman to EF: UNSC move V. Turkey abusing Cyprus=Big Topic=>Strong EU Reaction

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26. 07. 2021.

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(UPDATED)- The Press Spokesperson of the Incoming EU Presidency by Slovenia (July - December 2021), Domen Petelin, speaking to "Eurofora" on the latest UN Security Council's landmark Unanimous Oficial Statement against Turkey's recent Abuse on Cyprus' Issue, Shamelessly Refusing a Peaceful ReUnification of the Island under UN auspices, but pushing Secessionism for the Occupied Territories instead, at the Same Time that Ankara Notoriously Threatened Even Greek Cypriot Refugees' Family Homes and Prvate Properties in Famagusta/Varosha, Still Occupied by the Turkish Invasion Army, in Blatant Violation of many relevant UNSC Resolutions, stressed that this was "a Big Topic", on which EU should have "a Strong Reaction".

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    - "Definitively, this is a Huge Emerging Issue", and "should be Adressed in a Proper Manner", Petelin underlined from the outset, just After the UNSC in New York clearly "Condemned" "the Announcement in Cyprus by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 20 July 2021 on the further reOpening of a part of the Fenced-off area of Varosha", expressing "Deep Regret regarding these Unilateral Actions that run Contrary to its (UNSC) previous Resolutions and Statements", while Also Calling "for the Immediate Reversal" of such Turkish "course of Action".

 

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  + The UNSC, also Unanimously "Stressed", over the Week-End, "the Importance of Full Respect and Implementation of its Resolutions, including the Transfert of Varoshe to UN Administration, and UNFICYP's (the UN Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus) Freedom of Movement" accross the Island. Because, at the Same Time,  it "ReAffirmed its Commitment to an EnDuring, Comprehensive, and Just Settlement, in accordance with the Wishes of the Cypriot People, and Based on a bicommunal, bizonal Federation, with political equality, as set ou in Relevant (UN) Security Council Resolutions", (i.e. Contrary to Turkey's Demand for a Secessionist, "2 Equal and Sovereing States" outcome for Cyprus' Partition), "Support(ing the (UN) Secretary General's Efforts" for Negotiations in view of a Peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus, which have Not taken place 'for More than 4 Years", as Criticized the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Cyprus and UNFICYP, Miss Elisabeth Spehar, just after Briefing the UNSC in New York. - "These ae Difficult Times", with "Significant Challenges on Cyprus", But the UN "Secetary General remains Committed ... in Reaching a Comprehensive Settlement, ...Guided by the relevant UNSC Resolutions, which have Established the UN Parameters", she stressed too.

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    That landmark UNSC's Decision, Adopted Unanimously, was read as an Official Statement of its current UN President-in-Office for July 2021, French Ambassador/Permanent Represenative to the UN, Nicolas de Rivière, while ...China and India, reportedly had Strived Earlier for an Even More "Sharp" Statement versus Turkey's wrong-doings. (Both these 2 Big Countries notoriously have Territorial Integrity Issues, fuelled by Turkey's pal Pakistan). Interestingly, President Modi's India will Chair the UNSC Next Month : on August 2021, Followed by Friendly Ireland on September.

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     + Meanwhile, Completing the Reminder of UNSC Decisions on Cyprus Issue by UNO's Highest Political Body, Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, during a subsequent Press Conference in Athens, Together with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastassiades, righfuly stressed the Fact that they ask for a Solution on the Basis of a Bicommunal and Bizonnal Federation, with 1 Sovereignity, 1 International Legal Personality, and 1 Citizenship", which even more clearly Reject Turkey's Secessionist and Partitionist aims. (UPDATED)-

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    => Meanwhile, as the Ambassador/Permanent Represenative of Cyprus to the UN, Andreas HadjiChrysanthou, stressed in a TeleVised Statement from New York's UN HeadQuarters, just After UNSC's Decision, "what is Now Crucial is to see Compliance with the resolutions and decisions of the Council on Varosha, Before the Violations we now experience Escalate Further". For that purpose, "We rely on the active Support of the International Community to ensure that Alternative schemes, which are Not intended to serve the best interests of Cypriots, are Not imposed through the Creation of Facts on the Ground, like the ones we are witnessing in Varosha, or through the Refusal to negotiate reUnification in the Cyprus peace process", HadjiChrysanthous added, Pointing out also at "Internatinal Players, like the EU, for instance".

    - In practice, particularly as far as EU Commission is concerned, "this is under the Responsibility of Mr. Borrell and EU's External Action Service", Petelin reminded to "Eurofora", pointing at EU's Diplomacy's Head, the Experienced former EU Parliament's President, Josep Borrell, (that "Eurofora"'s co-Founder has Met and worked with, Several Times in the Past, in Strasbourg), who has Just Slamed Turkey's Claims as "UnAcceptable", (triggering an Ankara's Provocative Reply that his Criticism would be "Nul and Void")...

    - Meanwhile, "there was also an Attempt to convene an Extra-Ordinary EU Council on Foreign Affairs" Nowadays, revealed Petelin to "Eurofora", that the "Slovenian EU Presidency Supported, But there were some Different Opinions". However, "Various Other Options are Still on the Table", in one way or another, he added.     

    - At any case, Petelin did Not Exclude that this Issue Might Also be Discussed in the Forthcoming "Gymnish" Top Meeting between EU's Foreign Ministers, in Slovenia, Later on 2 September 2021, even it has Not Yet been Formaly Decided, "for the Moment".

    => -"Frankly, this" (EU Action for Timely Implementation of UNSC's Decisions : Comp. Supra), "is a Very Serious Issue", so that "the Slovenian EU Presidency Will Support to have a Strong (EU) Reaction !, its Head Spokesman vowed.

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    By a Coincidence, "Eurofora"'s Co-Founder had Already Published, during the Previous Slovenian EU Presidency, Back on 2008, (then at "The Cyprus Weekly" Newspaper), an almost Equivalent Warning to Turkey concerning Also Cyprus, then, in order to Respect Ankara's Commitments by Stopping Discriminating against Cyprus' Ships and Airplanes, Risking, Otherwise, to Compromise Ankara's prospects to Open several Negotiation Chapters in its Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, (See Attached Herewith "TCW" Publication). And this Really Happened, indeed, Soon Afterwards, Until Nowadays...

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    Doubling such Coincidences, the Former Head Press Spokesman of that Slovenian 2008 EU Presidency, Dr. Anze Logar, with whom We had exchanged then, Meanwhile, has Become, Today, the ...current Foreign Minister of the Country on 2021 ! Smiling, Now, his Present Successor, Domen Petelin, Modestly told "Eurofora" that such an Honour might Not concern him, since "I am Not involved in (National) Politics", as he said... Nevertheless, ..."You Never Know !", he cautiously Agreed, with a sens of humour...

    At any case, an obvious Equivalent, Nowadays on 2021, of what was at Stake then, Back on 2008, would Probably be f.ex., among Others, (f.ex. a 3 Billions € EU Grant on Pretext of Syrian Refugees, in Fact Over-Exploited by the Turks, etc),  Ankara's Prospect to ReNovate and Boost its "Customs Union" with the EU. (A very Controversial Issue when it had been UnExpectedly Allowed by an EU Parliament's last-Minute Majority's Flip-Flop, Back on December 1995 in Strasbourg, almost Immediately Followed by the First 2 Publications, by ECHR, of the landmark Cases of a Young Kurd handicaped by Torture in Turkish Prisons, and Afterwards Murdered by GunShots at his Head when he Refused to Drop a Legal Complain to Strasbourg's Human Rights Court, as well as of a Kurdish Family, whose Home and Livelihood had been Destroyed by Fire lit by the Turkish Army, Expulsing them to the Streets, until they Walked all the way to Smyrne/Izmir's Shanty-Towns, crippled by Provoked Extreme Poverty : The Famous "Aksoy" and "Akdivar" cases. + To All this was, Also, Even Added the Next Month, on January 1996, the Horrible Brutal Killing of Young Journalist "Goktepe", whose Head was Crushed by Turkish Policemen, while he was trying to cover the Burrial of Political Prisoners who had Died in Turkish Prisons after a long Hunger Strike)... Nowadays, earlier on June 2021, the EU has Notoriously Decided to Start a "Positive Agenda" of Cooperation with Turkey, while Also Clearly Warning Ankara that such moves were "Conditional and Reversible", According to the Turkish Behavior, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucooplinktoturkeynotacessbid.html, etc).     

    But, Now, on this July 2021, Defying Everything, Ankara reportedly Slamed Both the EU's and the UNSC's Calls on Cyprus, by Accusing the 1st to be ..."Nul and Void", while the 2nd would have made "Misleading" or "UnFounded Claims", with the Top UNO's Body standing "Below ... Sovereignity Rights" of the Invaded and Occupied Territories of the Island, according to the Turks...

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(2008 + 2021 EU President-in-office, Slovenian Prime Minister Jansa, with EPP SG, MEP Isturiz, at EU Summit in Salzburg, Austria, 2018, smile to "Eurofora", after Winning Election)

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    Naturally, concerning the EU, a Key "Red Thread" Uniting the Past and the Future, on such International Rule of Law and Human Rights Values, extended at Europe's immediate Neighborhood, was and Still is the Past (2008) and Current (2021) Slovenian EU Presidency's Head, Prime Minister Janos Jansa, (that "Eurofora"s co-Founder has Met Several Times, Both during EU Summits in Brussels, and EU Parliament in Strasbourg, as well as in Austria, etc., Publishing various Press Articles, succesively at "TCWeekly", "MPAgency", or "Eurofora", about certain of his statements : Inter Alia, See, f.ex., also http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eustrategyongreeceshengenmediterranean.html, + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eppheaddaulonvictororbanandeudevelopments.html,+ http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/jansawinssloveniaelection.html, + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eppsummitinsalzburgandorban.html,+ http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euheadjansafordialogue.html, etc, as well as the Attached NewsPaper cuts).

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    Indeed, the Experienced, Twice EU-President-in-Office Jansa, had Already made it Clear, as Early as Since 2008, that, in fact, EU Negotiations with Turkey should Continue Only "in Compliance with the Commitments Undertaken on the Basis of Fundamental Principles" of the EU. I.e. he was "Not Advocating any Lowering of Criteria, or ShortCuts". So that, "If we (the EU) Continue, then Turkey will Have to Comply with its Obligations", as had afterwards Explained to "Eurofora"s co-Founder then, Slovenia's former Foreign Minister Janez Lenarcic, current EU Commissioner. (See Our Publication, then, at "TCWeekly", attached Herewith).

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      + And Nowadays also, this July 2021, at EU Parliament's Plenary in Strasbourg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euheadjansafordialogue.html, etc), Jansa, after Rightfuly noting that USA and China had Just gone to Planet March, But Not the EU, (even if it had been Scheduled to do so, in Cooperation with Russia since 2010, But this was Postponed after Europe's Division by a provoked Ukranian Conflict), he Urged the EU to, at least, Become Strong enough to Act for Rule of Law and Human Rights in its close Neighbourhood :

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    - Indeed, Speaking as a matter of General Principle, Jansa Concluded by stressing his Support for "a Credible and Secure EU, Capable of Ensuring Security and Stability in its Neighbourhood as well", because "We (the Incoming Slovenian EU Presidency for 2021) Believe that it's Time for the EU to Become More Strategic in its Thinking and Actions in the World", "this being Particularly True for Our (Europe's) Immediate Neighbourhood", as he pointed out. And, Concluding also his 2nd Reply to MEPs' Observations, in the ensuing Debate, the Incoming 2021 EU President-in-Office also Vowed to "Continue to Fight for a Europe with More Freedom and Respect for Basic Human Rights and Fundamental Political Freedoms", "Strong Enough in order to Promote also in its Neighbourhood a Space of Freedom and Respect for Human Rights", Convinced that he Speaks "on Behalf of the Immense Majority of (our) Fellow Citizens", Jansa Vowed that "this Has to be one of the Goals for which We had Worked, so far, and We are Prepared to Do so (also) in the Future".

    Inter alia, in this regard, Concerning Greek Cypriot Refugees from Famagusta/Varosha, still Occupied by Turkey's Army,  at least, a Slovenian Prime Minister's 2008 Statement, unforunately, Still Remains Valid : Jansa had Thanked, then, the EU, for Helping to Overcome he "Humiliation", as he had Denounced, Suffered by the People, "Every Time they (were Oblige to) Cross a Border" in the Past, as Ankara seeks to Oblige, Nowadays (2021) Thousands of Varocha's Greek Cypriot Refugees to Suffer Also Humiliations if they Have to Cross the "Green Line", inside Their own Country, Cyprus, Submitting to Turkish Army's Controls etc., just to go to Their Family Homes, Even Despite ECHR Judgements...

From this Point of view, too, UNSC's above-mentioned, 7/2021 Repeated Call for Turkey to Return Varosha to its Lawful Owners "Under UN Administration", and with "UNFICYP" (Comp. Supra), looks Naturaly very Topical.

 

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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