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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-21

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

May 21, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Romanian President Met Representatives of Civic Alliance Coordination Committee;
  • [02] President Emil Constantinescu on a Visit to Pitesti;
  • [03] As Far as "Operation 1" Is Concerned, SRI Fulfilled Its Duty, Virgil Magureanu Says;
  • [04] Statement of New SPP Director;
  • [05] Cooperation Agreement Between PSDR and ApR;
  • [06] Romanian-Wallonian Talks in Bucharest;
  • [07] Austrian Foreign Minister on Necessity of Entry Visas for Romanians;
  • [08] MAE Position on Kosovo Crisis;
  • [09] Romanian-German Foundation in Timisoara to Participate in the EU Leonardo Programme.

  • [01] Romanian president met representatives of Civic Alliance Coordination Committee

    According to a communique issued by the Civic Alliance (AC), Romanian President Emil Constantinescu met representatives of the AC National Coordination Committee on Tuesday. Tha AC said after the meeting that the recent statement of Valerian Stan on May 18 included many of the AC concerns about "the image of state institutions as, aMcording to press reports or comments, most of them were under the sign of corruption". The AC believes that all recent incidents were actually perpetuating an already existing situation that the governing coalition could not solve. As the communique points out, "the ruling power is disappointing only if compared with its own image before the elections, but it could not be judged or accused if compared with its political opponents". The AC has expressed its further support of President Emil Constantinescu in his fight against corruption. RADOR

    [02] President Emil Constantinescu on a visit to Pitesti

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has attended ceremonies celebrating the 610-th anniversary of the city of Pitesti. At a festive meeting in the City Hall of Pitesti, Mayor Tudor Pendiuc has requested the adoption of the law on local public financing and the statute of public worker while the director general of the Sc Automobile Dacia SA, Constantin Stroe, has announced that the DMcia car no. 2,000,000 has just left the courtyard and cooperation with a foreign car manufacturer was expected to start in one year. The Romanian president was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Pitesti and then attended the opening ceremony of the Information Center for Citizens. The president has also attended the inauguration of the Mircea cel Batran Memorial (ed.n. ancient ruler of the country of Muntenia). The president then went on a visit to the University of Pitesti and, along with National Education Minister Andrei Marga, attended the opening ceremony of the new rectorate building. RADOR

    [03] As far as "Operation Cigarette 1" is concerned, the SRI fulfilled its duty, Virgil Magureanu says

    Former SRI director Virgil Magureanu says that, as far as "Operation Cigarette 1" is concerned, both the SRI (ed.n. Romanian Intelligence Service) and its chief between 1992-1993 fulfilled their duties. Virgil Magureanu told a press conference on Wednesday that he reported the case tM the Attorney General's Office, Supreme Council of Defence and the prime minister. The former SRI chief ruled out any possibility for the SRI of being involved in special operations covering cigarette smuggling affairs. He admited he met Mike Nassar, the brother of Elie Nassar who got involved into the "Cigarette 1", but he did not believe he used his influence when he tried to convince Attorney General Popa Cherecheanu that Elie Nassar should be set free and then judged. Referring to his alleged phone conversation with Mike Nassar, the former SRI chief said it was no secret about it but he however doubted the good heart of the man who sent the tape to the "Evenimentul Zilei" newspaper. RADOR

    [04] Statement of new SPP director

    In a statement to the RRA, the new SPP Chief, General Anghel Stefan Andreescu said the "SPP restructuring intended to promote competent and clean people". He informed that some administration worker would be dismissed, the number of Control Corps worker woulM be reduced by half and two SPP deputies would be replaced by Interior Ministry officers. The general said that the SPP personnel, himself included, should pass a 6- month adjustment period and they could be repaced by more competitive people. RADOR

    [05] Cooperation agreement between PSDR and ApR

    The Alliance for Romania Party (ApR) and the Romanian Social Democrat Party (PSDR) are expected to sign an agreement on Thursday concerning their future cooperation in parliament. The announcement was made by ApR leader Teodor Melescanu at a press conference on Wednesday. The agreement - the Social Democrat Action in Parliament - is seen as the first step to a future pre- and postelectoral alliance and a possible merger between the two parties, Mr Melescanu added. A protocol of political cooperation is to be signed in a few weeks. Mr Melescanu, who was in Geneva recently, said the recent rating of Romania abroad and its falling chances of NATO integrartion were signs that Romania's image aMroad badly deteriorated. According to the ApR leader, the governing coalition should assume the responsibility for the failure. RADOR

    [06] Romanian-Wallonian talks in Bucharest

    While on a visit to Romania, Minister-President of Wallonian and French Community Governments Robert Caulignon met Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile at Victoria Palace on Wednesday. The Romanian prime minister has expressed Romania's will and interest in maintaining and developing overall relations with Belgium, direct connections between local communities included. State Counsellor Victor Chiujdea has informed that the prime minister insisted on the necessity of developing and intensifying economic relations as Belgium's 14 position (ed.n. in the top of Romania's foreign investments) was seen below the economic opportunities the two countries could provide. Further official talks are expected on Thursday. A science and technology cooperation programme for 1998-2000 is to be signed at the end of the visiM. RADOR

    [07] Austrian foreign minister on the necessity of entry visas for Romanians

    According to Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schuster, Hungary and the Czech Republic misunderstood the comments made recently by the Austrian interior minister concerning their alleged obligation to introduce entry visas for Romanian citizens. In an interview with the Czech magazine "Pravo", Mr Schuster said the interior minister only wanted to point out that both Prague and Budapest had to approximate their visa policies to the EU standards. RADOR

    [08] MAE position on Kosovo crisis

    In a statement issued to the press on Wednesday, the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) welcomes the recent success by US special envoys Richard Holbrooke and Robert Gelbart in achieving a dialogue for a peaceful solution to the Kosovo crisis. MAE expresses the hope that the meeting between Yugoslav Federal President Slobodan Milosevic and Ibrahim Rugova, the leader of the Albanian minority in Kosovo, will turn into a sMbstantial dialogue before negotiations between the two sides can start. MAE says it is ready to bring an effective contribution to the effort of observing both minority rights and territorial integrity of the Yugoslav Federal Republic. At a press conference on Wednesday, MAE spokewoman Anda Filip however mentioned that the Yugoslav Federal Republic did no request Romanian support in mediating the dialogue though, according to Yugoslavia, an exchange of opinions and experience between the two countries was mostly needed. RADOR

    [09] Romanian-German Foundation in Timisoara to participate in the EU Leonardo Programme

    The talks between representatives of the Romanian-German Foundation and Duisburg Society in Hanover, Germany, have resulted in the selection of the foundation in Timisoara as partner in the EU Leonardo Programme. The EU is providing funds for the promotion of professional training in building industry. The programme is to be completed next year. Among other things, LeonarMo is providing access to information, exchange of experience and joint education programmes. The foundation in Timisoara has also submitted another project requesting a financial aid of 100,000 ECU to develop a pilot-programme in cooperation with the Romanian-German Foundation in Arad. RADOR
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