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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-06

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

May 6, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Hearings at Military Attorney's Office;
  • [02] PDSR Demands the Resignation of Presidential Adviser Zoe Petre;
  • [03] Companies of General Gheorghe Florica under Investigation;
  • [04] Table Tickets Law under Debate at a Joint Session in Parliament;
  • [05] Viorel Lis about His Nomination as CDR Single Candidate for the Position of Bucharest Mayor;
  • [06] Session of the Council of Europe's Ministerial Committee;
  • [07] Romanian and Russian Foreign Ministers Met in Strasbourg;
  • [08] Ukrainian and Romanian Military Delegations Met in Brussels.

  • [01] Hearings at Military Attorney's Office

    The Military Attorney's Office in Bucharest gave two hearings on Tuesday: Marin Chiata, the owner of the Black and White disco club, and Gabriel Negoescu, the owner of a storehouse in Mogosoaia, were questioned in connection with their involvement in the cigarette smuggling scandal at the Otopeni military airport. In another development, the Bucharest Court has examined the complaints of Marian Chiata, Gabriel Negoescu, Ioan Suciu and Dumitru Popescu about the decision to hold them in custody. They are also suspected of being involved in the cigarette smuggling case. RADOR

    [02] PDSR demands the resignation of presidential adviser Zoe Petre

    At a press conference on Tuesday, PDSR Senator Radu Timofte has asked for the resignation of presidential adviser Zoe Petre and Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu. The senator believes that Mr Dejeu is using his position to blackmail his political opponents. The leadership of the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) says that recent comments of presidential adviser Zoe Petre about the "Otopeni File" are extremely dangerous. The senator said that the meeting of the ruling Democratic Convention in Romania (CDR) on Monday proved that the CDR members had to face an extremely serious corruption scandal involving high ranking officials. In an interview with the Romanian Service of the BBC on Tuesday, PDSR Vicepresident Adrian Nastase hasMexpressed his support for the setting up of a special commission in parliament to investigate the case. "I believe the commission is necessary as there are speculations that some people would try to hush the case up. The commission may be the only solution to ensure the impartiality of the investigation", Mr Nastase said. RADOR

    [03] Companies of General Gheorghe Florica under investigation

    On Monday, May 4, a police team and members of the Bucharest and Ramnicu Valcea Financial Guard have searched the SC ROMOLT Ramnicu Valcea Company belonging to General Gheorghe Florica, former chief commissioner of the Funancial Guard. The operation ended on Tuesday without any significant result as no cigarette could be found. On the other hand, the police found 600 "Assos" cigarette packages in some other companies having no connection with General Florica. The 600 cigarette packages came from Turkey while another 1,000 cigarette packages came from Greece. They all had false stamps, but their Moreign distributor remained unknown. The police discovered however that the Romanian source included eight wholesalers in Bucharest. RADOR

    [04] Table tickets law under debate at a joint session in Parliament

    At a join session in Parliament on Tuesday, the Romanian Senate and the House of Deputies have approved the setting up of some friendship groups as well as amendments to the lists including members in special commissions. As the mediation commission resumed its proceedings, the texts under controversy in the draft law on organising the Romanian Radio and Television Companies were eliminated from the agenda. The commission has previously ceased its activity and the issue was subject to debates in the plenum of the parliament. According to the same source, the Senate and the House of Deputies have both rejected the versions under controversy in the article 14 of the table tickets law. The mediation commission said the law should come into force nine month after it was published inM"Monitorul Oficial", and the House of Deputies accepted the proposal. On the other hand, the Senate has proposed a delay of three months. As neither of the two versions got the number of votes requested, according to article 78 in the Constitution the law would come into force as soos as it would be published by "Monitorul Oficial". RADOR

    [05] Viorel Lis about his nomination as single CDR candidate for the position of Bucharest mayor

    On Monday, Viorel Lis, the acting mayor of Bucharest, was designated as single CDR candidate for the position of mayor. In an interview on Tuesday, Mr Lis said that, unlike his challengers, he already had an experience as head of the Bucharest City Hall. "It does not make any sense for anyone else to come as mayor for only one year and a half", he said. At the same time, he has indicated that a new mayor would need at least one year to become acquainted with the job. Viorel Lis believes that the recent opinion poll was also much to his benefit as it Mhowed that most of the people in Bucharest praised him. RADOR

    [06] Session of the Council of Europe's Ministerial Committee

    The 102-nd session of the Council of Europe's Ministerial Council has coincided with the 49-th anniversary of a Treaty in London where the setting up of the body was decided. Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu attended the meeting and welcomed the decision made by the Parliamentary Assembly in order to suspend the monitoring of Romania. He recalled that, at a previous session of the Assembly, Prime Minister Radu Vasile have promised that Bucharest "would carefully observe in the very next future all its commitments it gave but did not fulfilled yet". Mr Plesu wanted to stress that "Romania was concerned about some discriminating rumours under Europe's cupola speaking about an alleged enforcement of the EU borders in need of being defended against countries actually accepted as candidates for European integration". On the same occasion, the Romanian ministerMhas thanked his Hungarian counterpart, Laszlo Kovacs, for his country's position on the matter. RADOR

    [07] Romanian and Russian foreign ministers met in Strasbourg

    Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu met his Russian counterpart, Evgeny Primakov, in Strasbourg on Tuesday. The talks focused on issues concerning the basic treaty between the two countries. Mr Plesu believed that his meeting with Primakov was very important. "In a rather unfriendly beginning of our talks, we have admitted that each country had the right to its own strategy and interests, and contest the rights of others. There is a need for an accelerated review of all sensitive problems, and we should consider a higher level meeting as soon as possible", Mr Plesu declared. In another development, minister Plesu has signed two protocols included in the Convention on cross-border cooperation between communities and local authorities.

    [08] Ukrainian and Romanian military delegations met in Brussels

    Ukrainian and NATO rMpresentatives had chief of staff-level talks at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. Ukrainian Chief of Staff General Oleksandr Zatenaiko met his counterparts of NATO countries. The Ukrainian general has provided details about his country's military cooperation with Poland and other countries. In another development, Mr Zatenaiko met a Romanian military delegation. RADOR


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