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UNSpokesman/Press Director Nesirky to Eurofora on UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon trip to CoE+Paris

Pisac ACM
06. 10. 2012.

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- UNO's Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is due to focus on Arab Democracies in Strasbourg, before discussing a wider spectrum of topical issues in Paris, particularly Syria, but also several others, said in substance his Spokesman and UNO's Press Director, Martin Nesirky to "EuroFora", at the eve of his exceptional arrival in France this Sunday for a 3 Days-trip, (which exceptionaly doesn't pass via UNO's European Headquarters at nearby Geneva).

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 (UNO SG Ban Ki Moon + Martin Nesirky at Geneva HQ, July 2011, announcing his 2nd Mandate overall Strategy)
 
Practically starting on Sunday, mainly by a meeting with CoE's Secretary General Thornbjorn Jagland, a former Prime Minister/Foreign Minister from Norway, who, in fact, intends also to discuss topical matters concerning Syria, based on a fresh double mandate both by CoE's Committee of Ministers and by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, as he said yesterday to "Eurofora"  (comp.  Jagland's reply to our question, at a previous NewsReport :http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coesgjaglandtoeuroforaonsyria.html ), etc.

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(UNSG Ban Ki Moon at his previous visit at EU Parliament in Strasbourg)


Even if it's just the 2nd time that Ban Ki Moon comes to Strasbourg, during his two successive Mandates, (see his Replies to "EuroFora"s Questions at EU Parliaments' Press Conference, on October 2010 : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unosgoncyprus.html ), nevertheless, reportedly, this preliminary event might not receive more Press Publicity than, perhaps, a Photo-op., and/or an eventual Read out, unless it's decided otherwise at the last minute.

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(UN SG Ban Ki Moon replying to "EuroFora"s Questions at EU Parliament's Press Conference in Strasbourg on October 19, 2010. See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unosgoncyprus.html )


But the main event, which is the official reason for UNO's Secretary General's visit to Strasbourg, where he was invited by the CoE in order to be the Keynote Speaker at the official opening of the 1st "World Forum for Democracy", to which he will be welcomed by CoE Parliamentary Assembly's President, French MEP Jean-Claude Mignon, together with Heads of State/Governement from Morocco and Albania (current CoE's Committee of Ministers' rotating Chair), as well as French and German Ministers of EU affairs and Finance, Cazeneuve and Schauble, respectively, added to various other Politicians, Experts, Civil Society Representatives, etc., is due to be at the Focus on Monday Morning and Noon.

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Indeed, "Arab Democracies", and other such relevant, recent trends at Europe's Neighborhood, naturally included at WFD's 2012 official Agenda, are due to be one of the main issues at the table of Ban Ki Moon's public activities in Strasbourg, as his Spokesman, Martin Nesirky confirmed to "EuroFora" for this 1st part of his visit to France.

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(AV Technicians prepare CoE's installations for the 1st World Democracy Forum)


On the contrary, during his subsequent meetings with the French Foreign Minister Fabius, Prime Minister Ayrault, and President Hollande, at Paris' Quai d'Orsay, Matignon and Elysee palace, respectively, from Monday Evening up to Tuesday, before returning later-on to New York, Ban Ki Moon is expected to discuss with the French Government a longer list of Topical issues, going well beyond the obvious issue of recent developments in Syria, (and exchange of Bombs with Turkey, Al Quaida's Mass Terrorist attacks in Alepo, near the Turkish Borders, where most Entry Posts had been taken over by Rebels and the FSA hosted in Turkey until now, etc.).

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+ Paris' Ban Ki Moon discussions could, indeed, include, in addition to Syria, also f.ex. Subsaharian Africa and Mali (where another Terrorist Group linked to Al-Quaeda is sucpected for Kidnapings, etc, as in Alep, in Syria : Comp. above), RDC, Sudan,  etc, and various other Topical issues, as UNO Secretary General's Spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told "EuroFora".


 But, as things stand at this point, Nesirky "doubts" that differend on-going issues, such as Cyprus, etc., might, eventually be discussed during UNO's Head visits to the CoE in Strasbourg, and/or  to the French Government in Paris.

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(UNSG Ban Ki Moon at the CoE, during his 1st visit on October 2010, for ECHR's Anniversary)


However, CoE's Committee of Ministers has just examined, a Week earlier in Strasbourg, for the 1st time after long postponements, the crucial issue of Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced Persons' Human Rights to return to their Family Homes and Ancestral Land; as well as for their Houses and Private Properties to be given back to them, after long decades of illegal usurpation in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, held by Ankara's Army since the 1974 Military Invasion and Occupation, according to ECHR's Judgements and well-established Case-law of 1996-2002, etc. + Moreover, the EU Commission in Brussels is currently finalizing its 2012 Annual Reports on EU Enlargement and on Turkey's efforts to meet the EU Standards, where various Crucial choices, have, reportedly, to be made at the last minute before the official Pubication Day, which has been fixed for Wednesday, October 10, i.e. practically when Ban Ki Moon will have just concluded his 7 -9 October EU/CoE+Paris visits and contacts, both public and discreet...

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(Experienced Long-time CoE's Director of Political affairs, retired, helps prepare the various colors of badges, invitations, envelops, seats, etc. to be selectively distributed during UNO SG's visit to Strasbourg for the "World Democracy Forum")


 After all, even the recent Tragic Developments on Syria, (with various Deadly Bombings at the Syro-Turkish border, Military Threats, etc), were obviously pushed to the Limelight, precisely during these crucial Days, by Turkey itself, (including by Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglou Phoning to UNO's Secretary General at New York, etc), so that EU - Turkey related issues, (notoriously crucial for EU Citizens since the 2005 "No" to EuroReferenda in France and the Netherlands, followed by Ireland, etc., almost 1 Year before the forthoming EU Parliament Elections at 2014), don't really seem to be excluded a prioriéééééééé              

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(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already send, earlier, to "EuroFora"s Subscibers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version might be Published asap).

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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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