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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-12

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

May 12, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] "Operation Cigarette 2": Further Hearings;
  • [02] "Operation Cigarette 2": Further Arrests;
  • [03] "Operation Cigarette 2": PNTCD Is Satisfied with the Inquiry;
  • [04] Prime Minister Vasile Met Speakers of the Both Houses in Parliament;
  • [05] PD leader Petre Roman Believes Electoral Law Should Be Amended;
  • [06] PRM Statement to the Senate;
  • [07] President Constantinescu Has Asked Parliament to Approve Joint Military Exercises in Romania;
  • [08] Romanian Foreign and Defence Ministers Attend WEU Ministerial Council Meeting in Rhodos;
  • [09] Romania's NATO Accession and Defence Budget;
  • [10] Romania to Attend a NATO Congress and Exhibition in Brussels;
  • [11] German Interest in Romanian Reform Process.

  • [01] "Operation Cigarette 2": further hearings

    The inquiry into the cigarette smuggling affair on the Otopeni Military Airport continued on Monday when SPP Capitain Catalin Tanase was interrogated. The captain had to answer questions concerning his activity during the night of ApriM 16/17. On Monday the prosecutors have also interrogated the former driver of Colonel Trutulescu, Warrant Officer Constantin Mirea. The prosecutors have decided to extend the arrest warrants of Shahim Izar and Valentin Vasilescu to another 25 days. Journalist Mihai Ghezea, who accompanied Trutulescu to Arad, came to the Military Attorney's Office for testimony as witness. He is expected to return to the Attorney's Office in the next days for further interrogation. RADOR

    [02] "Operation Cigarette 2": further arrests

    The Military Attorney's Office is to issue further arrest warrants this week. The prosecutors expect the arrests to include army officers suspected of being involved in the "Operation Cigarette 2". Latest arrests also included Rozalia Ionescu, the owner of the company who ordered the cigarette transport. According to Romanian Transport Minister Traian Basescu, Rozalia Ionescu was also the recipient of the cigarette boxes unloaded at the military airport during the nightMof April 16/17. According to a communique issued by the SPP, its Justice Committee is to take the necessary measures against those involved, retirement included. RADOR

    [03] "Operation Cigarette 2": PNTCD is satisfied with the inquiry

    The ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD) is satisfied with the inquiry into the "Operation Cigarette 2". At a press conference on Monday, PNTCD President Ion Diaconescu has reiterated that a special parliamentary commission to investigate the affair was not necessary as it only could hamper the inquiry. "We hope the case will be successfully solved", Mr Diaconescu said. RADOR

    [04] Prime Minister Vasile met the speakers of both Houses in Parliament

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile met PNTCD President Ion Diaconescu, the speaker of the House of Deputies, and the leader of the Democratic Party (PD) Petre Roman, the speaker of the Senate, on Monday. Mr Diaconescu has informed that the talks focused on issues concerning the session of thM parliament on Tuesday and ways of solving the problem of the RENEL bank accounts. RADOR

    [05] PD leader Petre Roman believes electoral law should be amended

    The speaker of the Romanian Senate, PD leader Petre Roman believes that the electoral law should be amended by the end of the year at the latest as the next elections should be organised according to a new law. According to the same source, the PD is supporting the voting of individual nominations at least when senators are elected, and a 5% electoral threshold. As far as the political coalitions are concerned, the PD is proposing an additional 3 % for each party in the coalition. RADOR

    [06] PRM statement to the Senate

    At a session of the Romanian Senate on Monday, the leader of the far right Greater Romania Party (PRM) has presented a photograph which, as he put it, showed a house that Dragos Constantinescu, the son of President Emil Constantinescu, recently bought. According to the PRM leader, the 600,000 USD house belonged Mo the State Protocol Fund. In reply, Chief Commissioner for the Defence, Senator Nicolae Alexandru has recalled one of his previous statements and said he believed the PRM had its own intelligence service opertating in parallel with the official ones. RADOR

    [07] President Constantinescu has asked parliament to approve joint military exercises in Romania

    On Monday, Romanian President Emil Constantinesch has asked the parliament to approve future join military exercises in Romania between May 14-18. Participants will include US and French troops. The Romanian spendings are to be covered by the National Defence Ministry (MApN). The president's request is to be debated during the joint parliament session on Tuesday. RADOR

    [08] Romanian foreign and defence ministers attend WEU Ministerial Council meeting in Rhodos

    The WEU Ministerial Council has opened a session on Monday in the Greek Island of Rhodos. Participants include foreign and defence ministers of the WEU member, associate-membMr and observer states, Romania included. The Romanian delegation led by Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu and Defence Minister Victor Babiuc is to attend separate and joint meetings of foreign and defence ministers in 28 European countries. In a statement before leaving for Greece, minister Plesu said: "Firstly, the WEU is to discuss its ability to solve local crises as well as issues concerning cooperation abilities between defence ministries in member countries. Then, of course, the situation in Kosovo will be subject to further debates as well as the stability in the region and the European states' capacity to find reasonable solutions". RADOR

    [09] Romania's NATO accession and defence budget

    Although the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council stopped short of discussing an eventual second wave of expansion, General Degeratu is still optimistic and believes that the debates around the issue should resume. Romanian Chief of Staff General Degeratu believes that the Alliance should complete Mthe work it already started, and then go on with the enlargement process. He expressed the hope that the NATO summit in Washington was not supposed to be just a meeting of celebration. RADOR

    [10] Romania to attend a NATO congress and exhibition in Brussels

    The first NATO Congress and exhibition on "NATO in the 21-rst Century opened on Monday in Brussels under the auspices of NATO and the International Center for Seminars and Symposiums along with the editorial office of "NATO's 16 Nations and Partners for Peace" publications. The guests include both NATO Member and Partner States. Participants are invited to present the views of the countries they represent concerning their future relations with NATO. Romania has its own exhibition stall under the title of "Romania and NATO - Allies for the Future".

    [11] German interest in Romanian reform process

    While on a visit to Bucharetst, the president of the European Affairs Commission in German Bundestag, Norbert Wicziorek, said that Germany waM extremely interested in recent developments in the Romanian reform process. The statement was made at the end of the meeting on Monday with Romanian Senate Speaker Petre Roman. The officials in Bonn hope that the Government in Bucharest was soon to solve all economic problems and Romania could start its EU accession negotiations, he said. In Mr Wicziorek's opinion, the priorities of the Vasile Cabinet include the reform of public administration, infrastructure and banking legislation. In his turn, Senator Petre Roman has admitted that most German investors claimed their businesses were hampered mainly by the existing bureaucracy in Romania. RADOR
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