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Spanish King calls to Help Peace in Refugees/Migrants' Countries of origin (while Events accelerate)

Written by ACM
Thursday, 27 April 2017

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  The young King of Spain, addressing CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, launched a Call for European Politicians to Try to Help Peace in the Countries of Origin of most Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants (f.ex. Syria, etc), in order to Facilitate their Return in normal conditions.

 

Unexpectedly, this Natural move came in the middle of an Exceptional,Unprecedented "Hot" Context inside the CoE, about Other (but Indirectly Inter-Related) Issues (See Infra).

 
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- "Europe has nowadays a responsibility to deal with Huge Displacements of persons, Refugees and Migrants who Flee War, Terrorism and Extreme Poverty, as far as our means allow", he observed from the outset.


=> Therefore, we Must Do whatever we can, in order to Prepare the Conditions that would Allow them to Return to their Homelands", he urged.


- "This passes by putting an End to the Conflicts and by Setting the Bases for the Military Clashes to be transformed into Political processes opening a way towards Democratic and Inclusive Societies, which do Not harm Life and/or Freedom", he concluded on this crucial point.

 

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But, while the Young Spanish King was Warmly Welcome in Strasbourg, both by MEPs and by All the Leadership of the CoE, (as their Massive Presence, f.ex., at a Social Event organized here just after that Plenary Session, (Comp. relevant Photo),

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on the Contrary, an apparently Different, but eventualy interlinked, Exceptional Incident, which suddenly Surfaced this Week in Strasbourg, raised various related Questions :


-  CoE Assembly's President, Pedro Agramunt, who is a Senator from Spain, has just been strongly Accused, by a number of various Other MEPs, after he Met with Syrian President Bashar Assad recently.


 In an Unprecedented, Hasty Move, a lot of Heavy Pressure was put on him, reportedly, to "Resign", many among those MEPs feeling unsatisfied by Formal and Public Excuses by PACE's President, who was obliged to call that move as a "Mistake".


The formal Point seems tp be not so much that Agramunt met Assad, but that he allegedly did so withOut having, previously, Informed the Other Top Members of the Assembly, (from times to times meeting in a Closed Doors format called "Bureau"), and, according to some sources, not even clearly and promptly enough, afterwards, until several among them heard about in the Press.


Several Critics appeared Upset also by the Fact that such a Meeting with Assad reportedly took place thanks to a Russian Military Airplane.
Such Critics want for CoE Assembly's President to immediately Resign, in order for them to Appoint a Vice-President as acting Chairman-in-office for the Following Months, until a New President may be regularly Elected by CoE's Plenary Assembly, as normaly foreseen, on January 2018.


Now this obviously raises Questions at least as far as COE's traditional and official pro-Peace stance and principles are concerned : Particularly "Dialogue" and "Political Discussions", instead of Violent and too often Deadly Armed Conflict, is, notoriously, routinely supported by the CoE, as a matter of General Principle.


So that it shouldn't be so much the mere Fact of Meeting Assad, which makes problem, since the Quest for Peace in Syria should, normaly not only Excuse, but even Stimulate for such Moves, interpreted as Atempts to Help Poliical Dialogue, instead of the pursuit of Deadly Armed Conflict, should be at the Heart of CoE's Diplomacy.


This Strange Issue hasn't, no more, any real relation to the Controversial circumstances of the Tragedy which reportedly Killed Dozens of People, including many Children, near the Islamist Rebel-held Syrian City of Idlib, at the Beginning of April 2017,  for which some notoriously Accused the Syrian Army to have thrown a Deadly Chemical Gas, which is strictly Prohibited, while others replied that Syrian Airplanes had just hit a Factory of the Islamist Rebels/Terrorists stocking Chemical Gas used for Bombs in Syria and Iraq, whose dispersion may have provoked Deaths. A Brief Report reportedly presented by unnamed Security "Inteligence" to the White House for New US President Don Trump, (who, Shocked by the Horrible spectacle of Dead Kids, notoriously ordered a Massive Towhawk Missiles' strike againts a key Syrian Government Military Airport immediately), as published, Later-on, by "New York Times", does not seem so clear, nor sufficiently convincing, and has been rapidly Contested by various Critics throughout the World, including a Senior American Scientist, specialist and Professor at M.I.T., who replied by a Detailed, Facts-Based Counter-Report Denouncing many concrete Shortcomings, judged "Surprizing" and Unacceptable Errors or Ommissions.

Nevertheless, that Tragedy was notoriously Exploited to Accuse, Slander and Strike against Syria even without real Proof (Comp. Supra), while, on the Contrary, the reported Mass Killing of More than 100 Civilians (and 2 Times More Children than the previous incident !), Traped and Massacrated by Islamist Terrorists inside Busses used for Exchange of Populations between isolated Villages from each side, just a few Days Later-on, did not, apparently, trigger protests among those same circles...     

                                                                                                        But, at any case, that CoE-related, Controversial Meeting, had, reportedly, taken Place already Before April, (in fact on March 2017), so that the Idlib tragic incident was Totaly Unknown and Non-Existant at the Moment that Agramunt met Assad.


And concerning the Different Point about, allegedly, Not Informing previously, and/or not suficiently or adequately even even afterwards, Agramunt reportedly Replied that he had simply Participated in a National Delegation of Spanish Senators invited by their Russian counterparts, and Not as the President of CoE's Assembly as such.

 

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- However, if you are elected by a Collective CoE's body in order to represent it as its President, then, you are Always expected to do so in any Political Meetings, at any circumstances, (except only Private dealings, f.ex. a Birthday Anniversary, etc), and, then, you have to Inform adequately and Timely the Assembly, told "Eurofora" CoE Assembly's President of the "Euro-Left" Group of MEPs, Dutch Senator Tom Cox, dismissing as irrelevant the Fact that CoE Assembly's Members - Contrary to EU Parliament's MEPs - are Also National Representatives of their Country's National Assembly or Senate, at the Same Time, i.e. holding a "Double" Mandate, in parallel.

+ Nevertheless, given also the Fact that the Next CoE Assembly's President (Comp. Supra) is expected to be  (from January 2018) a Socialist, according to a Traditional Agreement among the Political Groups, while, on the Contrary, it's "Not Certain" yet who -and/or from Which Political Group - might be that Vice-President who could, Eventualy, replace the Christian-Democrat/EPP current President Agramunt, IF he Accepts, perhaps, to Resign immediately Now, (as Chairman Cox explained to "Eurofora"), then, obvious Questions about any possible Political Motivations, at least of Some among the Critics, emerge :


- Independently of any eventual afterthought, of some, perhaps about Boosting War-Mongering and Blocking any Attempts to seek Dialogue for a Political Solution of the bloody Conflicts in Syria, (which, Obviously, canNot be Excluded a priori Entirely), recent Facts indicate that there Might be even More :


>>> Indeed, as "Eurofora" learned Yesterday, by the President of CoE Assembly's Social Affairs Committee, a New, Important Report about the Highly Controversial issue of "Human Genetics", has just been Adopted by that Committee, on Tuesday, in Strasbourg, and is due to be Debated in Public for Final Adoption by Vote of CoE Assembly's Plenary Session of the Summer, "on June" 2017.


++ In Addition, also anOther Topical Report on BioEthics, about "Artificial Intelligence" New Technologies, has already been scheduled for Public Debate and Final Vote by the present CoE Assembly's Plenary "Spring 2017" Session, Tomorrow, Friday, April  28, in the Morning, after 10 a.m.


But, Agramunt's surprizing immediate "Resignation" is reportedly demanded by Critics, already for even Earlier than that : I.e. at a "Bureau" Meeting, Tomorrow Morning, from 8.30 a.m.!...


In pure Legal terms, the current President of the Assembly is Not Obliged to Resign, but an eventual "Lack of Confidence by the Assembly"s Majority (as Chairman Cox and Others said) might Push Hard, in real Practice.


=> So that an eventual political Elimination of the currently Elected ChristianDemocrat/EPP President of CoE's Assembly, Pedro Agramunt, could Abandon the Way to Handle 2 Highly Controversial Issues nowadays on "BioEthics"  ("Artificial Intelligence" and "Human Genetics": Comp.Supra) to... 3 Socialist Rapporteurs (2 for "AI"e and 1 for Genetics), in Addition to, perhaps, even anOther Socialist (or Liberal, or Leftist, of RINO-Pseudo "Conservative") Vice-President for an "Interim" Acting Chairman-in-office to replace Agramunt, (Comp.Supra), Resultinng, may be at ... Four (4) Socialists (or Socialist-leaning) MEPs, with a quasi-Total Exclusion of any Important Player from the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group !


As Other Experienced CoE's Officers had also told "Eurofora" earlier, at least that Second, "Human Genetics" Report seems to provoke Stronger and "Hotter" Debates in the Next Session of June, even More than Tomorrow's "ArtificialI " Draft.


Thus, regarding at least Both these 2 "Hot" BioEthical Issues coming, and Peace or War-mongering or Peace-seeking in Syria, etc. (Comp. Supra), apparently, an eventualy Imposed "Resignation" of the incubent CoE Assembly's President, Experienced ChristianDemocrat/EPP Spanish MEP, Pedro Agramunt, immediately now, cumulates Too Much of Strange Factual"Coincidences", that an eventual Political Exploitation, Dangerous for Peace and/or Human Rights, does Not yet seem to be Totaly Excluded a priori...

...unless an adequate compromise Solution is found Early Tomorrow Morning (Comp.Supra).


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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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