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Turkish lobby attempts to Drop CoE Draft asking for full Monitoring (with EU effects) ?

Written by ACM
Friday, 21 April 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While things advance "Normaly" for CoE Assembly's experienced, but also diplomatic, Director General, Wojcieck Sawicki, as he ensured  in reply to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, during the regular Press Briefiing of Strasbourg's Journalists for European News, (See Infra), nevertheless, a series of various converging Factual indications clearly suggest, with High Probability, that a lot of Turkish Lobby's attempts are to be expected, Next Week in Strasbourg, seeking to Drop an Official CoE's Call to ReEstablish a Full Monitoring of Ankara, as it is foreseen in a Draft Resolution due to be Debated and Voted by the PanEuropean Organisation's MEPs' Plenary on Tuesday, 25 April 2017, on a Report examining "the Functioning of Democratic Institutions in Turkey", by Norwegian Conservative MEP Ingebjord Godskesen and Estonian Socialist MEP Marianne Mikko.


Apparently, the main reason for which Ankara is upset, is that a Return to Full CoE's Monitoring on Human Rights Violations and serious Problems related to Democracy and Rule of Law, would practicaly mean tha Turkey's recent Situation clearly does Not Meet EU's "Copenhagen Criteria", which are Necessary for any eventual Candidate wishing to seek a place in EU's Enlargement process. I.e, something which would make the Lucrative Annual EU Funding (in full Grants and various Loans) earmarked for Turkey, (which currently Costs several Billions € per Year) to become Unjustified, since the Lackl of one among its Key Condutions would become obvious.


In a probable Attempt to Divert the Attention of MEPs, the Turkish Delegation prefered to Ask for a Different Debate, about ..."Islamophobia" in Europen once again.


Moreover, the Debate on CoE's and OSCE's Damning Criticism of the controversial Conditions in which was Voted recently the Referendum for a Constitutional Reform considerably augmenting the Legal Powers of President Erdogan, but seriously curtailing those of the Parliament and of Judges, was Postponed for a Month, until a Final Version will be presented at the Standing Committee of CoE's Assembly in Prague, later-on.


The Fact that, despite some possible Oral References by some isolated MEPs, CoE Assembly's Plenary Session, Next Week in Strasbourg, will Not have Any Opportunity to hold a Full Debate and a Vote on that "Hot" Matter, while, apparently, some may Expect for a more Lenient, Final Version of thart Report, Later-on, (as certain Statements from Diplomatic sources abroad, Evoking possible Changes on that Initial Text, clearly seem to indicate), raises, however, obvious Question Marks.


According to Other Sources, as far as it concerns the Main PACE Report (Comp. Supra), Turkey might push, f.ex., for Amendments Droping the Return Back to Full Monitoring, and pointing, instead, vaguely, at some Reforms that Ankara should make in the foreseeable Future, as it has also been done, already, several Times in the Past, in an Anodynous and largely Inefficient way, since it's deprived of concrete consequences which could have convinced the Turkish Government to move.


Any relevant Draft Amendments, on this and/or other Issues of Mrs Godskesen and Mikko Report (Comp. Supra), are expected to be Tabled until Monday Afternoon, 4 p.m., Local Time, in Strasbourg, Mr. Sawicki anounced.


That Turkey Debate, (parallel to another one, due to be held, a Few Days Later, in EU Parliament's "Mini" Session in Brussels, on Wednesday Afternoon, with possiblme Votes on Thursday Morning), is the Main Highlight of CoE Assembly's Plenary Session for the Spring of 2017, Next Week in Srrasbourg, where also the Heads of State from Greece and Spain, President Pavlopoulos and the Spanish King, respectively, are expected to make an Address to the PanEuropean Organisation's MEPs on Wednesday and Thursday.


Significantly, even these 2 European Countries had, notoriously, Faced various Problems about Democracy in the Past, (f.ex. during the 1967-1974 "Colonels" regime in Athens, and the earlier Franco regime in Madrid), resulting in a "Special" Treatment by EU and CoE then, Before they Succeded, Later-on, to Overcome that situation, Establish clearly Democratic Institutions with an acceptable Legal mechanism for Human Rights respect, Concluding, Finaly, to a Normal Status in their relations with both European and Paneuropeaan Organisations until Today.


But such a Greek and Spanish roadmap towards European Integration, passed through Real and Serious pro-Democratic and pro-Human Rights Changes, that the nowadays Turkish regime might, eventualy, not be yet Ready to realy make.


Already, Back on January, a similar CoE's Draft Resolution was finaly Postponed, and Not even Debated by CoE Assembly's Plenary Session for Winter 2017, despite a crystal-clear Vote for such a Debate by a strong Absolute Majority of MEPs, only because of one (1) décisive Contrary Vote inside PACE's "Bureau" (whose Meetings are Traditionaly held behind Closed Doors), by a Controversial then Chairman of a Committee, (very much Criticized afterwards for having taken an Individual initiative Contrary to the Collective Will of his own Committee !), which had Changed the Procedure, from an Absolute Majority into a Special, Enhanced, 2/3 Majority, that wasn't attaigned.


Unveverified yet Rumours about possible "Corruption" of 1 or 2 Individuals also Circulated in PACE's corridors, included in a much Wider Move which finaly convinced CoE's Assembly to Decide a larger Investigation, also  on various other such issues, as a matter of general Principle.


But CoE Assembly's President, experienced ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Pedro Agramunt, from Spain, speaking also to Journalists in Strasbourg, including "Eurofora", had, then, Promissed that this Debate on the notorious Problems that faces Democracy in Turkey, particularly on 2015-2017, would, finaly, be realy held on April 2017, i.e. Next Week.


So that, now, it Remains to be seen what will be its Main Results, (Comp. Supra).

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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