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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-01-14

The Press Agency of the Romanian Radio (RADOR Society) Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

January 14, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Inloc CDR
  • [02] Andrei Plesu's Visit to Oslo
  • [03] Ceausescu Family's Collection
  • [04] Negotiations with LOOK OIL

  • [01] Inloc CDR

    Bucharest - On Wednesday, during the meeting of its coordination board the Democratic Party will decide whether it further participates in the government. On Tuesday, in a televised interview, the leader of the Democratic Party, Petre Roman, said that the government crisis in Bucharest was not sparked by the resignation of the Transports Minister Traian Basescu, a member of the Democratic Party, but by the delay in carrying out the reform. The current crisis in the government coalition in Bucharest is the outcome of the dispute between the Christian Democratic National Peasant Party and the Democratic Party in the wake of the government's having been criticised by the Transports Minister. In another move, on Tuesday too, Ion Diaconescu, the President of the Romanian Democratic Convention ( a political group made up of several parties and associations led by the Christian Democratic National Peasant Party, the main component of the coalition in Bucharest) declared that he hoped the Democratic Party would confirm its further participation in the government, on Wednesday.Ion Diaconescu also stated that the Democratic Party withdrawal from the current government coalition would impose a change in all the structures of the central as well local administration, fact which would affect Romania's political and economic stability. In its turn, the Romanian Employers'Association said it supported the current government coalition, led by Premier Victor Ciorbea, as it has decided to achieve a real and lasting economic macrostabilization in Romania.

    [02] Andrei Plesu's Visit to Oslo

    Romanian Foreign Minister, Andrei Plesu, met Norwegian Defense Minister, Dag Jostein Fjaervoll on Tuesday, his second day of visit to Oslo. During the same day on Andrei Plesu's agenda was found a meeting with the Romanian Diaspora living in Norway, followed by an official dinner offered by his Norwegian counterpart, Knut Volleback. On the first day of his visit, the Romanian Foreign Minister has met Harald V, the King of Norway, and Norwegian Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik. The idea according to which Romania is a strong candidate for Euro-Atlantic integration has often been mentioned during those meetings. Moreover, Oslo promised Bucharest to support Romania's candidacy for the OSCE presidency in 2001. Andrei Plesu has also met several representatives of important Norwegian companies. The Norwegians showed a great interest in the process of privatising the Shipyard in Mangalia, the second largest Romanian port on the Black Sea. At the same time, the Norwegian companies Kvaerner and Statoil, which are involved in the Caspian Project for transporting oil from the Caspian Sea to Western Europe, expressed their real interest for a possible co- operation with Romania. The Norwegian companies want to encourage Romanian natural gas imports from Norway, which would imply connecting Romania to the western gas pipeline network, element of strategic and economic importance.

    [03] Ceausescu Family's Collection

    Bucharest: the management of the National History Museum hopes to get rid, in a very short while, of Ceausescu family's collection, announced the museum's press service. At present, a group of specialists, belonging to the museum, are selecting the objects of the collection and are dividing them into two categories: one is to be kept by the National History Museum, for exhibitions as well for a permanent collection in order to illustrate Ceausescu dictatorial epoch, and the second category of objects is to be kept by the Romanian Ministry of Culture. If there are any furniture items or carpets left, these will be donated to some orphanages or asylums. Nowadays, over than 25 thousand objects, that formerly belonged to the Ceausescu family, are stored in the National History Museum in Bucharest. A great deal of these objects are presents received by the former communist leader on his working visits abroad.

    [04] Negotiations with LOOK OIL

    Moscow. As special envoy of Romania's President, Dan Capatana is in Moscow for negotiations with LOOK OIL concern, one of the biggest in the ex-Soviet space. Dan Capatana is also the President of the ROMANIA ATA CROSSROADS FOUNDATION, the aim of which is Romania's inclusion into the oil transport route from Asia to Europe.


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