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Turkey pushes Secessionism in Europe+ via Cyprus, while Biden slams Russia +Ukraine skips Minsk Deal

Written by ACM
Thursday, 29 April 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- For the 1st Time so Bluntly, Turkey attempted to Block from the Start UNO's New Effort for an Agreement on Cyprus' ReUnification, these Days at Nearby Geneva, (where UNO, Greece and Turkey, were joined by Representatives from the 5 UN SC Permanent Members), by immediately Launching a series of Provocative and Pressing Demands, obviously pushing towards Secession of Cyprus' Northern Territories, still Invaded and Occupied by Ankara's Military since 1974, and risking to make the situation even More Shaky in Europe and elsehere, nowadays, just after new US "Socialist" President Biden's recent Denonciations against Russian President Putin, and while Ukraine's leadership reportedly asked to Drop the 2015 Minsk Peace Deal for its pro-Autonomy Eastern Regions, (etc).

Instead of UNO's Official Long-Standing position for Peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus, in a bizonal Federation implementing Human Rights, now the Turkish side Revendicated "Sovereignity" for the Occupied Territories, and Only mere "Cooperation" between "2" different "States", of "equal International Status", (sic) , etc., even Before any UN Talks. might start, i.e., in a kind of unilateraly issued "Ultimatum".


The UNSG Guterres naturally Rejected that Turkish claim as Incompatible with his official UN Mandate on peaceful reUnification of Cyprus, and declared these Geneva Talks prematuraly closed. But he Kept a Chance for the UN Process to Resume asap. if the parties agree accordingly during the Next few Months.

In Parallel, many eyed towards UNO's Security Council's possible Reactions to that highly Controversial Turkish unilateral move, given Also the Fact that, Nowadays, its rotating Monthly Presidency is held by Related Important Countries, now Vietnam and Afterwards China, followed by Esthonia and France on July 2021, etc, (i.e., inter alia, also considered to be Against Secessionism in general, as well as in Favor of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which notoriously affects the Natural Resources' apects).

+ Cyprus' President Anastasiades accepted to continue Supporting UNSG's persisting Efforts on Cyprus' (peaceful reunification), But Warned Turkey that, in case of More Provocations, (f.ex. at the South-Eastern Mediterranean Energy issue), he would Stop such a cooperation with Ankara.

Cyprus' side notoriously Hoped that, after the Latest Deadlock of UN Talks, back on 2017 at Crans Montana, where Human Rights' aspects were reportedly examined further than usual, But Turkey Refused to definitively Drop its controversial Claim for Unilateral Military Intervention, in the Future of the Island, Ankara might have become more Cooperative in Negotiating a less Bumpy ReUnification of this strategicaly located EU Member Country, according to UN SC pertinent Resolutions.

Meanwhile, a Bi-Communal and Bi-Zonal Federation had been Accepted by Cyprus' side Previously, practicaly counter-Balanced by a parallel Acceptance of Refugees/Displaced persons' (mainly Greek Cypriots, Maronites, etc) Human Rights, so that a Partition (traditionaly pushed by Turkish Extremists) would be Avoided.

+Meanwhile, in Addition, as Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades, reminded Today in the UN informal Talks at neighbouring Switzerland, Both Special Rules on Votes' Rights for the Turkish-Cypriot Community, as well as the Opening of some SeaPorts and/or Airports in the Occupied Territories under UN or EU Control, together with Measures to preserve the Turkish Cypriot community's part at any eventual Exploitation of Cyprus' Natural Resources, (mainly in Gas), had been prepared.

    Recently, EU Member States Cyprus and Greece, together with Neighbouring Egypt, Israel, and other Countries, have notoriously Organized Various Joint Projects for Exploration, Exploitation and Direct Transport to the rest of the EU, of all or part of the Immense Oil/Gas Resources existing at the South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Illegal and often Brutal Disputes by Turkey's WarShips were Repeatedly Condemned by the EU, Russia, USA, and others, while the EU recently prepared a Carrot-Stick Alternatif package for June 2021 to decide by EU Heads of State, vis a vis Turkey, according to its Behavior. France spearheads such Plans, followed by Italy, Spain, Portugal, etc., but Germany, Austria and Others have also clear European Interests there.

    Many Expect, Now, sooner or later, some kind of Sanction, also by the UN, given these Days' Negative stance of the Turkish side, which Rejected all UN SC Resolutions' Basis elaborated for the Solution of Cyprus' Issue and Blocked Geneva UN Talks (Comp. Supra). UN SG Guterres indicated now that an Important role, in this regard, would be played, in real practice, particularly by those UN SC Permanent Members who will Chair the NY-Headquartered body Nowadays, (in Addition to the UK's Traditional interest, whose MFA was Present in Geneva this time).

Among them, 1st arrives China, from May, followed mainly by France on July, India and Ireland on August and September 2021. Beijing, naturaly has No Interest at all to Any kind of Secession Threats, (given f.ex. the  Exploitation often made in the Past around Ughurs and/or Thibet, etc), while, on the Contrary, it's Basicaly Favorable to the Valorisation of Islands' role at UNO's Convention for the Internantional Law of the Sea, (as indicated also Spectacularly, nowadays, the superb and succesful Launch of the 1st BuildingBlock for a New International Space Station, from an area of China's Sea, where anOther Space Station has been Build Recently even on a much Smaller Island)...

 

France has already proposed Cooperation on Space Projects to China, particularly during a Recent Meeting between Presidents Xi and Macron, (symbolicaly at the Mediterranean Sea and in a superb Villa inspired by Ancient Greek Culture : See ..., etc), while Both Paros and Beizing had been, at Various Times in the Past, Criticized by some competitors for having tried to Develop InHabited Islands arounds the Sea of China. More Recently, "Eurofora" was Informed in Paris, (where we were Invited, as also Other EU/CoE Journalists, Universitarians, Scientists, etc, by the French Ministry of Defense), about France's current wish to Contribute to the Security of such Asia - Europe Sea Links, in possible Cooperation also with EU Partner Germany, etc.

 

On the Contrary, Noone in Europe seems to wish to stir Any Kind of Secessionist trends, as those that Turkey just pushed against Cyprus, Neither in Russia, nor Corsica, Britany, Alsace or Loraine, etc in France, Catalonia or Basque country in Spain, Western Thrace or Macedonia in Greece, many Muslim Villages in Northern Macedonia, Belgium's complicated situation, even UK's Scotland, Wells and/or Northern Ireland, etc., Obviously prefering a Peaceful and Democratic, National Stability.... 

 

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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