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UN Press Spokesman Dujarric to EF on more Turkey GunBoats v. EU Energy Source in Cyprus: Checking+

Pisac ACM
20. 02. 2018.
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The UN are Aware, Interested and carefully Following the Latest Developments on Turkey's GunBoat Bullying against EU Countries' efforts to Develop recent Oil/Gas Findings in EU Member State Cyprus' EEZone, (including EU-supported Plans for Direct Energy Transports to Europe's Center, probably in Cooperation with Israel's and/or Egypt's adjacent Off Shore Findings), and will Discuss, Starting already from this Evening, what should be done Now after the Decision made Today by Turkey to provocatively Extend even Further its Military Blockade, (with 5 WarShips against a Peaceful Drilling Ship), which risks to have Snowball effects in a Delicate Region at a Crucial Moment, instead of Working for International Law and Peace, the enDangering of which, as a matter of General Principle, could Not let the International Organisation indifferent and/or completely "Out" of the game.

 

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That's what Results, in Substance, from a Brief but Topical and Interesting Phone Conversation with the Experienced, Long-Time UNO's Secretary General's Press Spokesman, Stephan Dujarric, and "Eurofora", on that "Hot" Issue, made while various Intense Political, Diplomatic and other Exceptional Top Contacts were going on in and around Cyprus, at the Eve of EU Heads of State/Government's Summit, later this week in Brussels, where that Topical Issue, of obvious General European Interest, (even Global, given the Estimated Total Volume of Gas Resources in that Area), will be raised.


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UNOSG's Press Spokesman immediately indicated to "Eurofora" that he was, indeed, Aware of the Recent, and still on-going Incident of 5 Turkish Military Boats Blocking an Italian ENI Company Oil/Gas off shore Exploration Ship (also for the French TOTAL Company) from reaching, as scheduled, its destination inside Cyprus' EEZ.

 

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"Eurofora" reminded the Fact that the directly involved EU Countries reportedly Waited for the Date of February 22, when Turkey's relevant anouncement was Expriring, in order to proceed, even with Delay, to their scheduled Work.


But, Suddenly, an Earlier than Expected, New Anouncement made by the Turkish Government, on the Contrary, Threatened to Extend even Further its GunBoat Military Bullying against the European Countries' Peaceful efforts for Direct Energy supplies at their own Territories, by Issuing even anOther, even more Provocative "Navtex" message, Asking to Block the all the Area concerned up to Mid-March, (i.e. , notoriously Too Late for ENI's Exploration Ship, which reportedly had to go soon to Morocco for another scheduled job).

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=> Therefore, Cyprus and Greece, as well as others, were Now preparing Fast Diplomatic a.o. Moves, in order to Face the latest Turkish Violent Blockade inside EU's Area (as also ENI's CEO has just Reminded, in Press Statements made Earlier in neighbouring Egypt). Among others, f.ex., this could be raised at the imminent EU Summit in Brussels, later this same Week, and EU States might, inter alia, even Block any Turkey's dealing with the EU, as a Political Response to Ankara's GunBoat Miilitary Threats.

 

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However, such a Series of Events, might, at least in the Short term, make Turkey even more Nasty, in a Critical Moment at a Sensitive Region of the World, and, according to the Turkish Reactions, eventually have "SnowBall" repercussions also at a Wider area, Dangerous for Stability and Peace.


Sine the UNO had a Traditional Mission to try to work always for Respect of International Law and Peace, while, in Addition, the New Secretary General, Antonio Guttierez, had notoriously Focused, already since his recent Election, on the Key Role of Peace-Making instead of Conflicts Nowadays, wasn't there something that the UN could do, in order to Prevent a probable "SnowBall" effect of Turkey's GunBoat bullying against European Countries, like Italy, France and Cyprus, Peacefully working to Develop their own Energy Resources, which, in this case, were notoriously Linked also to Neighbouring Israel and Egypt, whose adjacebnt Oil/Gas deposits were probably linked, and with whom Cyprus cooperated, including for EU-Supported Plans for Direct Energy Transport to Europe's Center ?


Cyprus' President, Nicos Anastasiades, had just Won the Elections at the island, with a Program in favour of Advancing further in New Efforts for a Peaceful ReUnification of the Country, with an Agreed Solution of Cyprus' Problem, through Talks under UNO's auspices, but Ankara's Gun-point Bullying obviously Risks to Push such Prospects far Away.


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- In Reply, Dujarric immediately said that he was "going to Speak to some People ToNight" on that issue, but Advised to try to get back to it with him, "Tomorrow Morning".


 - He didn't Deny that, as a matter of Principle, "the UN canNot stay completely Out of such Issues", as "Eurofora" queried.


- "No, No !", spontanesouly reacted in agreement the Experienced UN SG's Press Spokesman.


- But, in fact, "I canNot Talk withOut, previously, Speaking to some People", he carefully explained.


 - For that purpose, he Significantly pointed "UpStairs", (i.e. at UNO Headquarters' Upper Floors for the Secretary General and his Senior Officers' team).


 - And he added that he Needed to "Know More" on that concrete matter, (before, eventually, making a full and Pubic Press Reply to "Eurofora"'s Topical Question).


- This included, further, "Checking with other People, also in Cyprus", as he went on to say.


- Anyway, "I appreciate that you called", Kindly added UNO SG's Press Spokesman for Tonight.

 


(See also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/turkicharmyblockseudirectenergymoveincypurs.html)

 

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Meanwhile, Turkey is reportedly threatening, inter alia also with a series of provocative "Navtex", to ...Surround almost All Cyprus' Island with Military-Reserved Areas, Exclusively for its WarShips, even clearly inside EU Member State Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone, almost everywhere, (See relevant MAP)...

 

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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"
    
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    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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