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EU Parliament President Tajani to "Eurofora": For Solution on Cyprus, withOut Turkish Army

Written by ACM
Thursday, 14 December 2017
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Replying to an "Eurofora"'s Question at his Official Press Conference at EU Heads of State/Government's Summit in Brussels, EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, on the occasion of a recent CoE's Committee of Minsters' Decision on ECHR Judgements' Implementation, clearly Confirmed bis that EU supports Cyprus' President Anastassiades' efforts for a Peaceful ReUnification of the Island with No More Turkey's Foreign Troops.


A recent Deadlock on UN-sponsored Talks and a Multilateral Poliical Conference at nearby Switzerland for the Solution of Cyprus' Isse, reached a Deadlock, interrupting the process, mainly because of Ankara's Refusal to Withdraw its Invasion/Occupation Army from Cyprus, and its Insistance on Unilateral Military Intervention Claims, even for the Future.


+ Now, it's also in the Context of a Recent CoE's Comittee if Ministers' Decision on a   landmark ECHR's Judgement Condeming Turkey for persisting Massive Violations of Human Rights of Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced Persons, that gave a New, supplementary Occasion to stress EU Parliament President's stance on that Key Issue, as a matter of Princiole.


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- When you were visiting, recently, Cyprus, CoE took an Important Decision in Strasbourg, while supervising the Execution of ECHR's Judgements: It Raised Questions to Turkey about what it named as "UnLawful Sales and Exploitation of Greek Cypriot Refugees' Homes and Properties" in the Territories of Cyprus stll Occupied by Ankara's Military, Hindering them to Return (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeoncyprusrefugeespropertyexploitationbyturkey.html). Shouldn't this be examined by EU Parliament Next Year (2018) in the context of its Annual Report on EU - Turkey Relations ?

 

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- In Fact, EU Parliament's President Antonio Tajani, in his Reply, Advanced Further than the above-mentioned "Eurofora"s Question: Instead of merely Reducing or Trying to more or less Avoid the "Unlawful Exploitation" of Greek Cypriot Refugees' Homes and Properties Traped in the Occupied Territories, where their lawful owners are still Hindered to Return or, at least, have Access, by the Opposal of Ankara's Foreign Invasion/Occupation Military, it's Better to Free them from such a Trap, by, at last, convincing the Turkish Foreign Army to get and keep Out of EU Member Cyprus:

 

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= Indeed, President Tajani, clearly stressed that he was "We Need progress foran Agreelment" on "Cyorus" issue, "but WithOut the presence of Turkish Army in that Part of the Island", which has been Occupied by Ankara's Foreign Military Invasion of 1974.

 


- "I Support the Moves of (Cyprus') President Anastassiades, to Boost an Agreemenr", confirmed EU Parliament's President, concerning the UN sponsored  Talks for a Peaceful ReUnification of the Island.


- "But, as I've said, WithOut the Turkish Army in Cyprus", the Experienced EU Parliament's President, who has served also as former Foreign Minister, Top MEP, and Twice f. EU Commissioner reiterated in Conclusion of his Reply to "Euroforz"s above-mentioned Question, during hus Press Conference at EU Summit in Brussels.


-"These problems are on the Content of the Agreement" on "Cyprus", he added.

 

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- Concerning the Additional concrete Point of the forthcoming, new EU Parliament's Annual Report on EU- Turkey relations, included in "Eurofora"s Question, (Comp. Supra),  Tajani stressed, Earlier, as a matter of General Principle, that EU Parliament is always interested on Human Rights issues, and particularly regarding Turkey, obviously implying that the inclusion of serious Topical Developments on such matters in that EU -Turkey Report, would be Natural, and the Right thing to do.

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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