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

Pisac ACM
14. 12. 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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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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