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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-10-26
From: RADOR Press Agency <http://indis.ici.ro/romania/news/rador.html>
October 26, 2000
 Messages on the Day of the Romanian ArmyOn the Day of the Romanian Army the president of Romania, Emil Constantinescu, sent a message to all the units of the army reading among others that the army has always been a moral support for the entire Romanian people.
 The Senate finalized debating the Report regarding the research of conditions of privatization of the Romanian telephone company, ROMTELECOM.The report draws the conclusion that the privatization of ROMTELECOM is a serious prejudice to the interests of the Romanian state and stresses that since ROMTELECOM was bought by OTE which, according to Senator Sandulescu, is a small company of Cyprus with a capital of 2000 USD, tariffs have continued to be on the increase for services of ROMTELECOM here in this country. Senator Sandulescu also said that a number of Romanian officials received bribes that amount to close to seventy million USD from OTE - however he hasted to add that that was his own opinion - and named the officials. The list starts with former Prime Minister Radu Vasile and includes impressive names that add to those of the Council of Administration of ROMTELECOM when the company was privatized. Most of the senators are asking for the cancellation of the privatization contract and a decision of the Senate in this sense will be made next week.
 American - British investment at Banca AgricolaDuring a press conference on Wednesday at the residence of the Agricultural Bank - Banca Agricola - the United States Ambassador to Romania, James Rosapepe and the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Romania, Richard Peter Ralph, presented the aim and importance of an investment which amounts to 200 million USD at Banca Agricola. Rosapepe said that Romania must strengthen process of reform and create market economy which is both viable and powerful. The British Ambassador added that Romania needs a powerful banking system in which the public have confidence.
 The National Tourism FairThe fifth edition of the Tourism Fair opened to the public and for specialists. The President of the National Authority for Tourism, Dumitru Moinescu, said that was a very good occasion to present the offer of Romania so that potential tourists get more interested in all areas and zones of the country.
 Defense Industry of Romania received orders worth 200 thousand million leiWeaponry industry of Romania has received orders worth 200 thousand million lei said the National Defense Minister of the country, Sorin Frunzaverde.
 Skopje - the informal meeting of the states members of the process of cooperation in South Eastern EuropeSkopje, the capital city of Macedonia, hosted the informal meeting of the countries which are members of the process of cooperation in South Eastern Europe. In his address, coordinator Bodo Hombach said that all countries in the area wish to have relations of good neighborliness. The President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu, who was present at the meeting, said that it would be quite good for all countries involved to have a permanent conference of businessmen and a Forum of the Young People.
 Talks in Skopje between the president of Romania and the president of Bosnia - HertzegovinaEmil Constantinescu and Sidko Radisic have had talks in Skopje. They discussed the relations in the area and the possibility of implementing the accord of Dayton. Economic issues were stressed both sides underlining that it was necessary to have good relations in this domain.
 Statement of President Emil Constantinescu after having attended the Skopje meetingUpon his return home last night the president of Romania said he met with the president of Yugoslavia Vojislav Kostunica with whom he discussed, among other things, cooperation between the two countries with a view to building the oilduct Constanta - Trieste as the shortest variant of the project crosses Yugoslavia. Alongside the president of Romania also in Bucharest there is the coordinator of the Pact of Stability, Bodo Hombach, who participates in the round table DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE and where Yugoslavia is invited to attend as full member of the Pact of Stability. In another order of ideas the President of Romania said he suggested that the present Director of SRI - Romanian Information Service - be our next ambassador to Cyprus.
 Bucharest meeting of the pact of stability in South Eastern EuropeThe coordinator of the Pact of Stability in the Balkans, Bodo Hombach, is chairing in Bucharest today the meeting of the Pact during which Yugoslavia has been received as a full member of the organization. In the morning Bodo Hombach attended a joint press conference together with the Romanian Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu after having had talks with the host on the infrastructure of Romania. Mr. Hombach told the media present at the conference in Bucharest that it was not by chance that Romania's capital city was chosen to host the ceremony by which Yugoslavia was received as full member of the Pact of Stability.
Mr. Hombach added that that was a proof of the trust which European officials nurture for Romania and for the authorities in charge in Bucharest. Mr. Hombach added that Romania is considered as being a very constructive initiator of actions for solving the problems in this area while the fact that Yugoslavia did away with the regime of military aggression could lead to the rapid implementation of the projects of reconstruction in the area that until now did not receive any money from the donors that are members of the Pact of Stability.
In the morning the Prime Minister of Romania Mugur Isarescu and the Coordinator of the Pact of Stability for South Eastern Europe, Bodo Hombach, had talks on the financing of infrastructures of Romania among which the Calafat - Vidin bridge over the river Danube, as well as the highway and roads linking the bridge across Romania to Hungary. The start of building highways and railroads up to the most modern standards of Europe under the Pact of Stability could give a powerful impulse to the economic development of Romania, said Bodo Hombach, who estimated that among other countries of Europe, Romania might become a tiger of the future.
 CALENDARPresident Emil Constantinescu has talks today with James Dobbins, assistant for European affairs and special councillor for the problems of the Balkans of the United States Secretary of State. The meeting and the talk take place at the Cotroceni Palace.
The coordinator of the Pact of Stability for South Eastern Europe, Bodo Hombach, is attending the plenary session of assessment of the Round Table for democratization and Human Rights of the Pact of Stability for South Eastern Europe. President Emil Constantinescu invited already during the Skopje meeting Yugoslavia to participate as a full member in the debates of this meeting. Senator Gheorghe Pavalascu is to attend the debates of the Congress of Americans of Romanian origin in Washington D.C. ( CORA 2000 ) as well as those of the foundation of the Romanian - American forum of New York.
Government weekly session today.
The Romanian foreign minister Petre Roman receives James Dobbins, assistant for European affairs of the United States secretary of State before Mr. Dobbins has talks with the President of Romania.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry hosts the ceremony of the signing of the Accord between the Administration of the United States and the Cabinet of Romania in the domain of education and scientific collaboration, a programme which is administered by the Fulbright Commission; the accord is signed by Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, secretary of state with the Foreign Ministry, on the Romanian side and by James Rosapepe, United States Ambassador to Romania.
Reception offered by the Ambassador of Turkey to Romania, Omer Zeytinoglu, on the occasion of the 77 - th anniversary of the Republic.