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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-13

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

May 13, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] The Prime Minister Is Asking for Inquiries;
  • [02] Joint Session in Parliament;
  • [03] Proposals of Amnesty for Some Army Crimes in December 1989;
  • [04] Press Conference of CNS Cartel Alfa Trade Union Federation;
  • [05] WEU Ministerial Meeting in Rhodos;
  • [06] PDSR Leader Ion Iliescu Had Talks in Belgrade;
  • [07] International Conference on "Sibiu - European Confluences".

  • [01] The prime minister is asking for inquiries

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile has asked his Control Department to start investigating the State Printing Office where the stamps involved in the "Cigarette Affair" were supposed to be printed. He has also asked the department to investigate the activity at Romanian consulates abroad. RADOR

    [02] Joint session in parliament

    While attending a joint session on Tuesday, the Romanian senators and deputies have continued the debates they have started last week concerning the draft project of setting up an inquiry commission to investigate the smuggling incidents at the Otopeni Military Airport. The introduction of the document was subject to another round of voting on Tuesday, and then rejected by the plenum despite Opposition protests. The Opposition has left the room when the president of the session, Vasile Lupu, said that the vote should refer to all the responsibilities the commission would have. The representatives of the Opposition organised a press conference and condemned, as they put it, the new attempt of the Power to cover up the "Otopeni Affair". The joint session on Tuesday has also approved the request made by the Romanian president concerning the future international military training exercise on Romanian territory in May-June 1998. At the same session, the deputy representing the ruling Democratic Party (PS) Alexandru Sassu, now a minister in the Vasile Cabinet, was replaced by PD Deputy Iuliu Pacuraru as commissioner with the inquiry commission to evaluate the current status of the Romanian Television. RADOR

    [03] Proposal of amnesty for some army crimes in December 1989

    At a PNTCD BCCC (ed.n. Coordination and Control Bureau of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party) meeting on Tuesday, the secretary of State with the Romanian National Defence Ministry (MApN), Constantin Dudu Ionescu put forward the proposal of an amnesty for army crimes during incidents in December 1989. PNTCD president Ion Diaconescu said there were differences on the matter between party members as the public opinion was still not prepared to approve such an amnesty. He informed that both Mr Ionescu and the BCCC were expected to examine the proposal and make a decision on the issue. The BCCC meeting also discussed the existing differences between party members of the PNTCD branches in Bihor, Arges and Gorj counties. RADOR

    [04] Press conference of the CNS Cartel Alfa trade union federation

    The leader of Cartel Alfa Trade Union National Confederation Ioan Homos said the Executive accepted the protocol between his organisation and former Ciorbea Cabinet signed in October last year. Mr Homos has informed that all its demands were subject to debates in the Cabinet, and deadlines were expected by the end of May for talks with social partners on draft documents to be promoted in the very next future. The trade union leader pointed out that it was for the first time when the prime minister put officially forward the idea of negotiations to result in a social pact. The government is to present its first version on the matter as soon as possible. RADOR

    [05] WEU ministerial meeting in Rhodos

    The WEU ministerial meeting has ended in the Greek Island of Rhodos on Tuesday. Romanian delegation included Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu and Defence Minister Victor Babiuc. Back in Bucharest, Mr Plesu has informed that the foreign and defence ministers in WEU member, partner and associate countries have tried to redefine the role the organisation had to play in the context of a new European security architecture. The minister added that the talks also focused on latest developments in Kosovo province and participants admitted that all European and Euro-Atlantic organisations should intensify their efforts to find a solution to the crisis as soon as possible. Participants included foreign and defence ministers in 28 countries. They have also agreed with the idea of establishing a European arms agency. WEU President Luis Maria de Puigh has poited out the existing differences between the WEU and the EU and stressed that international cooperation should be developed according to the Amsterdam Treaty. The declaration at the end of the meeting has also included a proposal made by Romanian Defence Minister Victor Babiuc. He said that the participation of partner states in NATO and WEU operations should be similar to the participation of observer or associate states. RADOR

    [06] PDSR leader Ion Iliescu had talks in Belgrade

    In the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Tuesday, the Secretary General of the Socialist Party in Serbia (SPS), Gorica Gajevic, met the former president of Romania, Senator Ion Iliescu, the leader of the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR). Mr Gajevic has pointed out the traditional friendly relations between the people of the two countries and said that both the Romanian minority in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Serbian minority in Romania should be the basic reason for developing good relations between the two neighbouring countries. Ion Iliescu said he understood the political position of Yugoslavia and condemned the double-crossing policy that some states followed used on the matter. The two politicians have shared the opinion that the cooperation between their parties has improved the relations between the two countries and people. RADOR

    [07] International conference on "Sibiu - European Confluences"

    Delegates of the European Commission, UNESCO and the UN as well as officials and experts in architecture and restoration in nine European countries attend a three-day international conference in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. They are expected to find solutions aimed at preserving the treasures of medieval architecture in the historic centre of the city. In his opening speech to the conference, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has pointed out that all the people should share the responsibility of preserving culturalm national and European values. Here are some excerpts of his address: "No one has the right to ignore or watch in cold heart the ruin and destruction of cultural and historic treasures. Our duty today, when we are trying to join the EU, is to intensify our efforts and save this heritage. (...) The conference in Sibiu proves that we are not alone in our efforts. Famous experts of European and world institutions are here in the name of the values belonging to the European spirit". RADOR

    [08] Romanian participation in NATO's "Cooperative Lantern '98" military training exercise

    NATO's "Cooperative Lantern '98" training exercise is going on in the Hungarian city of Balatonkenese. Participants include 900 officers and troops in 18 European countries and the US. The Romanian delegation includes the former UNAVEM 3 batallion operating in Angola under the UN command last year. In a statement to the RRA, public relations officer Alexandru Leaua has informed that the 25 Romanian officers participate in both command and operational peace-keeping exercises. RADOR
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