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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-02-25

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From: RADOR Press Agency <http://indis.ici.ro/romania/news/rador.html>

February 25, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Letter of President Constantinescu to Parliament
  • [02] Meeting of the Political Coordination Council of the Governing Coalition
  • [03] "Romania Does Not Break Her Relation withthe IMF", PD Vicepresident Traian Basescu says
  • [04] The Address of the Romanian President on the Occasion of National Flag Day

  • [01] Letter of President Constantinescu to Parliament

    A communiqe issued by the Press Bureau of Romanian Presidency says that due to recent encouraging developments in the Gulf crisis, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has sent a letter to the speakers of both Houses in Parliament. In his letter, the president recommends the postponement of the debates in parliament concerning Romania's participation in the multinational intervention force in Iraq. The letter of the president says: "I wish to express my satisfaction about the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's mission to Baghdad which opens the way to a political solution to the crisis. As I already said in my previous statements, Romania considers that a diplomatic solution is the only constructive way to end the crisis, and I express my hope that the signed agreement will reach a consensus within the UN Security Council and it will represent a longlasting solution able to insure peace and security in the Middle East and into the world". The 60-member multifunctional Romanian force was to include a medical department, a department for nuclear, bioleogical and chemical protection and a department of logistic intervention. At the same time, Romania was to provide free access for all fighter planes of the participant states to fly her airspace as well as free access to her airbases in Bucharest-Otopeni, Jarmat-Timisoara and Mihail Kogalniceanu-Constanta for temporary landing and refueling in case of emergency. The president has asked his defence and foreign ministers to pay their attention to all developments in the Gulf and provide permanent information to the government. RADOR, February 25

    [02] Meeting of the Politcal Coordinatination Council of the Governing Coalition

    The Political Coordination Council of the Governing Coalition met on Tuesday to examine ways of political support for the government in its attempt to complete the draft law of the budget and put an end to existing differences concerning its negotiations with the IMF. The council decided yesterday to provide political support for the 1998 draft austerity budget. In a statement to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the leader of the governing Democratic Party (PD) Petre Roman said the tough restructuring programme should be supported, but not by all means or unconditionally. The PD leader siad the governing coalition should guaratee that "the light at the end of tunnel would be seen at last". In his turn, Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea said the leaders of the coalition have accepted proposals the government has made in order to amend the draft budget. According to the same source, the prime minister has asked for a trenchant solution to the political crisis: his resignation should be accepted or the PD should put an end to its attacks which have badly affected Romania's image. Victor Ciorbea says his resignation was always available for the president, the Democratic Convention of Romania or the Christian-Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD). The prime minister warns that, however, the budget remains the top priority. "I am convinced that, in the end, most of political leaders and MPs will understand that the adoption of the budget is urgently requested by the end of March at the latest. At the same time, I suppose everybody will understand that the memorandum with the IMF should be renewed", the prime minister said. RADOR, February 25

    [03] "Romania does not break her relations with the IMF", PD Vicepresident Traian Basescu says

    The PD Political Committee met at the PD headquarters on Tuesday. The meeting was aimed at analysing the reports presented by the PD leader Petre Roman, vicepresident Traian Basescu and Bogdan Bujor Teodoriu concerning the talks on Moday with Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea and other members in the Cabinet. According to the statement of vicepresident Basescu to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the reports issued by members of the PD Political Council and PD National Permanent Bureau focused on the real situation in Romania and the budget after a year of governing coalition rule. Mr Basescu has stressed that the suspension of the memorandum with the IMF did not mean that Romania has put an end to her relations with the international body as Romania is an IMF member. RADOR, February 25

    [04] The address of the Romanian president on the occasion of the National Flag Day

    On February 24, Romania is celebrating for the first time the National Flag Day. Under col. Duta command, the Guard Brigade participated in a ceremony at the Arch of Tryumph in Bucharest on Tuesday. Other participants included troops wearing parade uniforms, the Army National Music conducted by lt. col. Ion Croitoru and the Army Male Choir conducted by Gheorghe Popescu. Romanian President Emil Constantinescu, MPs, Cabinet ministers, Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea, generals and senior officers of the Romanian Army, foreign military attaches and diplomats have also attended the ceremony. Here are some excerps from the presidential address: "There is no other symbol hollier and closer to our hearts that this flag. For too many times in this century, the storms of history and mindless people have changed our National Hymn, but, for more than a century and a half, nobody, no temporary rule, and no other temporary command did ever dare to harm the holy colours of our national flag. People of our land have died in wars and revolutions to defend these three colours. Many people spent years in prison to defend these colours and the high principles they represented. Above all, these three colours are the symbol of the unity, sovereignity and integrity of the Romanian state, and these supreme values absolutely deserve an hour of our tribute together". The Romanian president has welcomed the event and stressed that "it was not the consequence of the initiative the government has made", but only an "immediate answer to a well-sustained proposal made by the civil community". RADOR, February 25


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