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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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26.07.21

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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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    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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