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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-18

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From: RADOR Press Agency <>

May 18, 1998


  • [01] Celebrations of Romanian Revolution's 150-th Anniversary in Transylvania;
  • [02] Albanian Foreign Minister on a Visit to Bucharest.

  • [01] Celebrations of Romanian Revolution's 150-th anniversary in Transylvania

    Celebrations of the 150-th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution in Transylvania have taken place on the Freedom Fields near the Trasylvanian city of Blaj on Sunday. Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has attended a religious service at the Gloria Memorial followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. Participants included the spekaers of both the Romanian Senate and House of Deputies, government officials, senior members of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD), Democratic Party (PD), National Liberal Party (PNL) and Romania's Alternative Party (PAR) as well as the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR), Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR), Greater Romania Party (PRM), and other leaders of civil bodies. RADOR

    In his address to participants, the Romanian president has recalled the basic ideas as poited out in the creed of the 1848 generation making an impact on Romanian history: national unity, civic, economic and spiritual freedom. President Constantinescu said he has tried to make his people feel proud of being Romanians. Among other things, the president said: "The politician should dedicate his thought, deeds and life to the nation. We should distinguish ourselves as a democratic nation in harmony with all other democratic countries in Europe. Today, Romania could a model of stability in a conflict area, a respected voice around the world, preparing for major changes". RADOR

    In a statement to the RRA on Sunday, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has expressed his satisfaction with the ceremony in Blaj: "The ceremony has recalled the touching event in the past, the moments of national unity on the Fields of Freedom where neither political nor ethnic or religious difMerences disturbed the celebrations. We have proved that poverty, economic difficulties and all other sorts of hardships could not result in social, ethnic or political violence. And it is the wisdom of the Romanian people that made us succeed in proving it". RADOR

    Participants in the ceremonies on the Freedom Fields in Blaj have also included Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu, European Integration Minister Alexandru Herlea, Culture Minister Ion Caramitru, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Deputies Andrei Chiliman, PDSR leader Ion Iliescu, PUNR President Valeriu Tabara, PAR President Varujan Vosganian, the Speakers of both the Romanian Senate and House of Deputies, PNTCD leader Ion Diaconescu and PD leader Petre Roman as well as PNTCD Vicepresidents Remus Opris and Victor Ciorbea. PNTCD leader Ion Diaconescu said that "the ceremony was an occasion to recall the glorious past of our people and pay our eternal tribute to our ancestors, the founders of modern Romania". PD leader PMtre Roman referred to the "lesson of dignity we should learn from our ancestors" while PAR leader Varujan Vosganian has reitertaed the idea of "modernising Romania while securing the moral strength of the people". PDSR leader Ion Iliescu said that the "1848 revolution was similar to the revolution in December 1989 as they both shared the same commitment to create a society dedicated to the people". PUNR President Valeriu Tabara believes that "all the Romanians should have met here today, when we needed the same ideals and principles of the past that our ancestors expressed many years ago" while the Mayor of Cluj, Gheorghe Funar, has mentioned the "need of restoring the spiritual and territorial unity of the Romanian people". RADOR

    [02] Albanian foreign minister on a visit to Bucharest

    Albanian Foreign Minister Pascal Milo has arrived in Bucharest for an official visit. While at Baneasa Airport, the Albanian minister said he would have talks with Romanian officials concerning both biMateral relations between the two countries and recent developments in the region, the Kosovo crisis included. "I believe that the time has come to revigorate the relations between Romania and Albania", Mr Milo declared. Referring to the crisis in Kosovo, the Albanian foreign minister has indicated that, according to the Government in Tirana, the dialogue and not the military could end the conflict. RADOR
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