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Obama era's UN Cyprus' Envoy Eide Disregards even landmark ECHR Judgements on Human Rights ?

Written by ACM
Friday, 21 July 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's not only on what really happened recently at Crans-Montana's UN Cyprus' Talks Deadlock, (widely attributed mainly to Turkey's refusal to withdraw its Invasion-Occupation Army and Drop Unilateral Intervention Claims when a Deal on Cyprus' Peaceful ReUnification would start), but even on landmark ECHR's Judgements on Human Rights in Cyprus, that Controversial, Obama era's UN Envoy, Espen Barth Eide, seems to have Disregarded Key Points, in a way Fiting Turkey's desiderata, several Facts apparently Reveal on 2017.


Eide, a Socialist former Minister in Norway, was appointed UN Envoy on Cyprus by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon back on 2014, i.e. during former US President Barack Hussein Obama's term of office, and was closely monitored by Controversial former US Under-Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, (who became World-Famous for her Shady but Interventionist role in the Emergence of the Ukranian Conflict at Kiev), until January 20, 2017.


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 - A 1st Point notoriously concerns an Unprecedented "Hot" Dispute, Triggered these Days by Mr. Eide's initiative to Start Going  Public with Confidential UN sponsored Top Political Talks on Cyprus in Switzerland, including in an extensiveInterview at Newspaper "Politis", where he reportedly Claimed that Turkey might have Not totaly Refused, during last Weeks at at Crans-Montana, any Formula at all for Withdrawing its Occupying Troops from Cyprus, and Stopping Claims for Unilateral Military Invasions even in the Future, in Exchange of some Key Concessions from the Greek Cypriot Majority of the Island, (that he did Not name, Partly arguying about the "Very Confidential" nature of such issues, as he admitted).


>>> Such a Move not only appeared to Put into Doubt the Widespread impression, quite prevalent until then, that Turkey had provoked the latest Deadlock of UN Talks for a Solution on Cyprus' Issue, at Crans-Montana (Switzerland), mainly by Refusing to Withdraw its Occupation Troops from the island and Drop its Unilateral Military Intervention Claims in the Future, When a Political Agreement for a Peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus would be Signed and Enter into force, but even seemed to Contest what UN's Secretary General Antonio Guterres himself had Tried, at the Last Minute, to do in order to Save the Talks and Broker a Deal, as well as What Exactly were the Main Positions of the concerned Parties on that Key Point of "Security and Guarantees", during the most Crucial Stage of the UN-sponsored Talks.


=> In Consequence, inter alia, Cyprus' Government Spokesman, NicChristodoulides immediately Reacted, clearly Stressing that the main Reason for the Deadlock was Turkey's persistent Refusal to Withdraw its Troops and Drop its Unilateral Intervention Claims, if a ReUnification Deal is signed and enters into force. While Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias reportedly accused Eide to play he role of ... "Turkey's Press Officer" (sic). And Cyprus' President Anastassiades, appearing exceptionaly Upset and Sorrowed, reportedly Denounced as "Sad" for a UN Envoy, "expected to Protect International Law", on the Contrary, to Spread in Public such "Lies" on Delicate Core Issues (including Turkey's Military Invasion and Occupation of Cyprus), challenging him, if he insisted, to Make Public the Minutes recording what has been Really said at Crans Montana's Confidental UN Talks, (etc).


I.e. there where, the latest UN-sponsored Multilateral Top level Political Conference on Cyprus reportedly Revealed that Turkey was Alone to Ask for its own Claims to Unilateral Interventions in Cyprus to be maintained in the Future, while, on the Contrary, Both the 2 Other former "Guarantor" States at Cyprus' Independence (1960), the UK and Greece, were said, on 2017, to be Ready to Clearly and Unequivocally Declare that they Definitively Drop any such claims, as far as they are concerned.


Afterwards, Eide reportedly Alleviated a bit his Claims, Admitting Now that Turkey always Refused to Withdraw its Occupation Troops and Drop its Claims for even more Unilateral Mlitary Interventions in Cyprus, whenever an Agreement for a Peaceful ReUnification of the island would Start to be Applied. But he reportedly persisted to Claim, instead, that Turkey might have, eventually, accepted to, at least, Withdraw "Some" Troops and "Review" its Claim for Unilateral Interventions "Some Time" After the Entry into force of an Agreed Solution of Cyprus' issue, in Exchange of some More Concessions from the Greek Cypriot side, with the Parties bein Unable to Agree on the Timeframe, as he claimed.


But he did Not Say Neither what Ankara asked "in Exchange", Nor How Long its Invasion/Occupation Troops might still remain in Cyprus...  Press reports revealed that Turkey Wanted to partly Keep its Military Occupation during ..."15 (FifTeen) Years" More, even After Cyprus' ReUnification, withOut any real Guarantee that Turkish Army would effectively Leave the Country Later-on, Nor that Ankara will certainly Drop its Unilateral Intervention Claim...


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ECHR 2014 : "Any Form of Complicity in Unlawful Exploitation" of Refugees' Family Homes/Private Properties
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+ However, "Eurofora" found Unquestionable Public Facts, which Clearly Reveal that this was Not the Only such Dangerous Slipery Slope at Mr. Eide's Statements on Key Points of Cyprus Issue...


This is strictly Based on UN Official Transcripts, ECHR Judgements, and ICC Statute, etc.


- Indeed, Despite Eide's usually Pedagogical and Balanced Press Briefings, at least once, but on a Crucial matter, an Incredible "Lapsus" he committed earlier this year at Nearby Geneva, already since January 2017, threw ...Shivers accross the Spinal Cord of Anyone who knows well enough ECHR's main Judgements on Human Rights' related to Cyprus problem's core issues :

>>> Speaking at a Press Conference in Geneva, on January 9, 2017, (i.e., still during Barack Hussein Obama's Out-Going Terms of Office), and asked by a Collegue to "Explain the Modalities of the submission of Maps in the Territorial discussion", (which were kept Secret, by the involeved UN service), about the Each Party's initial offer for Future Outlines of each Federated State's Land, in the context of a ReUnified, Federal Cyprus, which, in Fact, includes also the "Hot" Issue of Real Refugees' Human Rights to Get Back Home and/or have Access to their Family Homes and Private Properties, as well as Return to their Ancestral Land, suddenly, Eide's observations went astray :

- After Reminding the Fact that, "for One Side, a big part of the Historical Trauma that people have been living with for generations is the loss of land and property where people used to live.  This is a Big Emotional Trauma for Many People", (predominantly Greek Cypriots Obliged to Flee the Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation since 1974, and Still Hindered to Return, until Now, on 2017), as he said, he went on to Add, here,  something Incredible :


>>> - "At the Same Time, today, a number of people have been living their lives NORMALLY (sic !)  for generations, 42 years maybe, in exactly the Same Place, ... (and) have now Established New Lives", Mr. Eide Claimed, (obviously Speaking about Turkish Cypriots and mainly Foreign Settlers, massively Imported from Mainland Anatolia (Turkey), under Control by Ankara's Invasion and Occupation Army, who notoriously Usurpated and still Illegaly Exploit Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced Persons' Family Homes and Private Properties)...       

- "So, we are dealing with an Issue which is Highly Charged, on Both Sides", Mr. Eide concluded, abusively Nivelling down those 2 Different Situations.

=> By doing so, he obviously Disregarded ECHR Great Chamber's Latest landmark Judgement on the "Cyprus v. Turkey" Inter-State case, published just 3 Years ago, on May 2014, in Strasbourg, (and still Pending for Execution at CoE's Committee of Ministers), which has Strongly Condemned Turkey for a Series of Massive and "Continuing" Violations of Human Rights of Greek Cypriot/Maronite People at the Territories Occupied by Ankara's Military since 1974 until Now :

 - Indeed, as that exceptionaly Important 2014 ECHR Judgement stressed, "it is Clear that the ...Government" of Turkey "is, in Any Event, formally Bound" by ECHR's own Earlier Rulings on Cyprus (f.ex. of 2001, etc), which, as it "Recalled", have already Slamed "a Continuing Violation" of Human Rights also "by ...the Fact that Greek-Cypriot owners of property in northern Cyprus are being Denied Access to, and Control, Use and Enjoyment of their Property, as well as any Compensation for the Interference with their Property Rights", as far as Real Refugees/Displaced People are concerned, from 1974 until Nowadays.  


- And, During a Long Period of Time, "this (ECHR's) Conclusion, which is Binding in accordance with the (PanEuropean) Convention (on Human Rights), ...has Not Yet been Complied with, (Neither) given Full Effect by the respondent Government" of Turkey, ECHR solemnly observed on May 2014.

=> In Consequence, ECHR's Great Chamber Strongly Denounced as "InConsistent" with its Case Law, "Any possible Permission, ... Acquiescence or other form of Complicity in any Unlawful ...  Exploitation of Greek-Cypriot Homes and Property in the Northern part of Cyprus".
 
>>> In Other Words : All those illegaly but Massively Imported Turkish Settlers from Ankara's Anatolia, into Cyprus' Invaded and Occupied Northern Territories, still held by Turkey's Foreign Military, and others who have Notoriously Usurpated and still are illegaly "Exploiting" Greek Cypriot Refugees'/Displaced Persons' Family Homes and/or Other Private Properties, are Committing something absolutely "UnLawful", according to ECHR.


>>>+ And, regarding those acts, "Any possible ...Acquiescence or Other Form of Complicity", "in Any (such) UnLawful ... Exploitation of Greek Cypriot (Refugees/IDPs') Homes and Property in the Northern Part of Cyprus", is "Not ..Consistent" with ECHR's Judgements, (Comp. Supra).                   

===>>> Thus, according to ECHR's case-Law, it's Impossible for Mr. Eide to seriously Claim, in Fact, that Foreign illegal Settlers (for whom CoE's PanEuropean Assembly has Repeatedly Denounced Ankara's blatant aim to illegaly "Alter the Demography of Cyprus", provoking also "a Political Obstacle" to its Peaceful ReUnification), who might have illegaly Usurpated and still Persist to Abuse and Steal Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons' Family Homes and/or Other Private Properties, i.e., merely Aggravated Cases of mere ordinary THIEVES, (according to well-known, Ordinary Penal/Criminal Law), might ...Simply be "Living their Lives NORMALLY" (re-Sic !!), as that Controversial, Out-Going UN Envoy, Scandalously boasted (Comp. Proof Supra) !...
 
By Abusively Presenting a Big and still Continuing Scandal of a blatantly Illegal, Massive Usurpation of real Refugees' Family Homes and/or Other Private Properties, while the Victims are Still Hindered to Return Back Home at their Ancestral Land, by Turkey's Invasion and Occupation Army, as it it might have been a so-called ..."NORMAL" way of "Living their Lives", for Massively and Illegaly Imported Turkey's Settlers, Persisting to Commit such Aggravated Usurpations, Thefts and Violations of Brutaly Chassed Away real Refugees/Displaced persons' Human Rights, Mr. Eide obviously Took another serious Risk to let Ankara Push UNO's Cyprus' ReUnification Talks at anOther Deadlock, by practically ...Assimilating all Thieves with their Victims !

In strict Legal and (a fortiori) Moral Terms, obviously, there is Not any Other Possible Conclusion, when one just Sees all those Crystal-Clear Facts, mentioned above :


- Mr Eide's 2017 Claim at a Key Issue of Cyprus' Problem, and ECHR's important 2014 Judgement, are clear and Undeniable Proof, (Comp. Supra).

Indeed, how is it possible to seriously put, Side to Side, and Treat absolutely "Equally", those who notoriously "Exploit" a "Continuing" Massive "Violation of Human Rights", as ECHR repeatedly Denounced with its Judgements in Strasbourg, (already since 1994, 1998, 2001, 2006, 20190, 2014, etc), and those who are the Victims, without Becoming, directly or indirectly, Guilty of "Complicity", as ECHR's 2014 Judgement Warned (Comp. Supra) ?


The mere Time Duration, (evoked by Mr. Eide's above-mentioned observation) does Not Reduce in Anything, but, on the Contrary, ...Aggravates even Further such "Continuing" Violations of Human Rights, as ECHR's well Established Case-Law has named them : Already, f.ex., among others, also the equivalent Extension of the Financial Compensations due for such Prolonged illegal Deprivations of Private Properties Brutaly Usurpated and Violently Prohibited to be Accessed by Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons to whom they Lawfully belonged, as well as Turkish Government's Negative profile at the CoE and elsewhere for its Persisting Refusal to fully Implement the relevant ECHR's Judgements as it has a Legal Obligation to do, indicates.

Otherwise, any such Violent Theft and/or Crime would Risk to become ..."Lawful" by Mere Passage of Time, while all its Perpetrators and Accomplices would always still stay in Total Impunity, obviously Threatening to Transform Europe and/or the World in a kind of UnStable "Jungle"...

A Fortiori when Real Turkish Cypriots, like, f.ex., Dissident Journalist Kutlu Adali, has been Brutaly Murdered, by 5 GunShots at an Ambush while Returning alone at his Home, in the Territories of Cyprus Invaded and still Occupied by Ankara's Foreign Turkish Military, and, Despite a Crystal-Clear Condamnation of Turkey by ECHR's Great Chamber in Strasbourg on 2004 (See, f.ex. : ...), nevertheless, during Many Years, until now, Ankara has Not yet Found and Punished Anyone (Not even 1 !) among those who Executed and/or are Responsible for that Cold Blood Murder of a Well Known Critic of Turkey's Policies to Massively Import illegal Settlers from Anatolia in Cyprus, and abusively Give them so-called "Nationality" on paper, (many among whom notoriously Usurpated and/or still illegaly Occupy Greek Cypriot Refugees' Family Homes and/or other Private Properties).

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Indeed, shortly after Turkey took over CoE's rotating Chair, particularly on Human Rights' issues, back on 2010-2011, "Eurofora"'s co-Founder, - who had been closely Following Adali's case since 1996, and even Conributed to UnFreeze ECHR's procedure (with the Help of New York based "Committee to Protect Journalists"), at a Crucial Moment of alleged Threats against the Widow of the Murdered Journalist, pressured to Drop the case, (who had Protested by Letters to ECHR that we found and Published in Strasbourg on 2000), attended and Published on ECHR's Hearing in Strasbourg on 2002, as well as on CoE's Committee of Ministers' Efforts to Implement the subsequent Judgement which strongly Condemned Ankara, f.ex. on 2006, 2010, etc : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/journalistsmurdersadalihrantding.html - was Not able to Find Any notable Follow-up at the Competent CoE's Committee of Ministers Official Infos... All these Facts obviously indicating that All the Murderers, and those who Instigated that Brutal Killing, still Remain Totaly UnPunished ! (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/adalimurderinvestigationstopedwhenturkeychairscoe.html)

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+ ICC Statute : "War Crimes" ?
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+ Moreover, concerning the above-mentioned observations by Mr. Eide, the International Criminal Court, which acts in case of National Courts' Failure or at the demand of UN Security Council or of individual State(s), has a Crystal-clear Statute, which strictly Condemns :  


- Usurpations of Properties in Occupied Territories, Chassing Away their original Population, and/or systematically Importing there Foreigners from the Occupying Power's Mainland, as Triple "War Crimes" ! [See: Article 8 (2) (a) (iv) + (vii), and (b) (viii) ].     

 
=> Even if Turkey is among those Few Countries who stubbornly Refused to Sign ICC's Statute, nevertheless, the International Criminal Court's treaty already has 124 Member States, and was Initialy Signed by even More Countries, (including all EU Member States), being HeaQuartered at Hague, Netherlands, as also UNO's International Court of Justice), so that no UN Official could ever Claim to Ignore such a Key part of International Law...


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Eide had given the impression to be "in a Hurry" already Earlier, since 2016's End and the Beginning of 2017, during which Obama's term Finished, while the  Norwegian is expected to Run as Candidate in the forthcoming National Elections to Oslo's Parliament, scheduled for September 11.


Such an alleged "Hurry" naturaly Fits well Turkey's obvious trend to Hastily Push for a so-called "Final" Move on Cyprus' issue, let it Crash, and, then, Claim that it would be ...Impossible to Solve it, in order to Impose its Long-Standing Partitionist aim, by Asking, sooner of later, to gradualy "Recognize" the Invasion/Occupation regime of the Northern part of Cyprus, illegaly held by Ankara's Foreign Troops since 1974, despite several UNO's Resolutions asking for Turkish Military Withdrawal.


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On September 11, 2017, Eide is expected to re-Join the Socialist Party, back in Norway, for a National Parliamentary Election, that, according to most Polls, it's currently Unable to win, unless it Sticks together with a "Centrist" Party, which had, Traditionaly, Always cooperated with the Conservatives, except Only Once, Before 2013, when it had made an U-Turn towards the Socialists, subsequently being DownVoted on the 2013 Election, won by the current, Conservatives-Rightists Governing Coalition, but Marking Now an Unexpected, Sharp Upward Movement in recent Polls, just after its current Chief (son of a Biologist) stressed Further an Anti-EU and "Nationalist" Agenda (according to "Wikipedia"+, citting a recent INTW).


=> Should such an Atypical, obviously Opportunistic (Comp. Supra), so-called "Nationalistic" U-Turn, among Mr. Eide's pals, go as far Against fundamental International Law principles on War Crimes, and even on core Human Rights, clearly enshrined in the case of Cyprus by ECHR ?


That above-mentioned "Center Party"'s so-called "Nationalistic" U-Turn on 2017, (comming shortly after also anOther Political U-Turn towards the Socialists, condemned by most Norwegian People at the Latest, 2013 Election), seems to be, in fact, a desperate Attempt by a Traditionaly "Agricultural" Popular Base, to Oppose itself mainly to ... Meat and Cheese Imports, that they Seek to OverTax for "Protectionist" aims in Economy ...


I.e., in Fact, this has Nothing to do with Human Rights' International Law, and, therefore, Mr. Eide would be Better Advised to be More Careful and Avoid Risking his UN Envoy profile to be Compromised, in a way Exploited Only by Turkey's selfish Interests alone.


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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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