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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-25

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

May 25, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Emil Constantinescu's Statement Before Leaving for Canada;
  • [02] President Constantinescu's Canadian Agenda;
  • [03] Canadian Ambassador to Bucharest on Romanian President's Visit to Canada;
  • [04] Statement of Prime Minister Vasile Before Leaving for Istanbul;
  • [05] Romanian Interior Minister on Recent Developments in "Operation Cigarette 2".

  • [01] President Emil Constantinescu's statement before leaving for Canada

    "Canada is one of the most industrialised and prosperous countries in the world, and, as NATO member, it is a country playing a similar major role in drawing up political, economic and military strategies for the third millenium in a world facing an accelerated globalisation process. This is why the highest level visit today is a proof of Canada's interest in Romania as a pillar of stability in Central and Eastern Europe and a country of growing opportunities in the middle of a developing market. Bilateral relations between Romania and Canada are now in the ascendant as it is our cooperation mainly as French speaking countries and members of international bodies. Canada is interested in developing its investments in Romania, and we should not forget Canada's open and direct support for Romania's Euro-Atlantinc integration. Last but not least, the visit is also focused on strengthening relations with the Romanian community in Canada as it could play a major role as a bridge between Romania and this important country in the world today", President Constantinescu said on Sunday before leaving for Canada. RADOR

    [02] President Constantinescu's Canadian agenda

    Presidential adviser Zoe Petre said the six-day tour of President Constantinescu through Canada would include visits to five major Canadian cities such as Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec and Edmonton. According to Mrs Petre, the presidential visit is focused mainly on three aspectes: "Politically, the visit will include meetings with Canadian federal and local officials; economically, the conference in Montreal on "Business Opportunities in Romania" is expected to be a major event while emotionally, the most important event is expected to be the meeting with representatives of the Romanian community". Talks will focus on ways of improving economic relations, bilateral and multilateral relations as well as relations with Canadian provinces. The Romanian president will meet the governor general of Canada, the prime minister and other government officials as well as representatives of the Canadian Nuclear Agency. The Romanian delegation includes Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu, Privatisation Minister Sorin Dimitriu, Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu and Constantin Dudu Ionescu, Secretary of State with the National Defence Ministry (MApN). A Romanian delegation of businessmen is also accompanying the Romanian president in his Canadian tour. Romanian Ambassador to Canada Gabriel Gafita has pointed out that the Canadian protocol allowed around two official state visits a year. "There are sources who indicate that we may expect Canada to play the role of an advocate pleading Romania's cause for the second round of NATO expansion", Mr Gafita added. RADOR

    [03] Canadian ambassador to Bucharest on Romanian president's visit to Canada

    In a statement to ROMPRES news agency quoted by the RRA on Sunday, the Canadian Ambassador to Bucharest Gilles Duguay said the talks on economical issues would also include a project concerning Canadian participation in the second stage of developing the Cernavoda nuclear plant. The Canadian ambassador has also mentioned some other bilateral cooperation projects in telecommunications, transports and oil and gas prospects. RADOR

    [04] Statement of Prime Minister Vasile before leaving for Istanbul

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile left for Istanbul yesterday to attend an international conference on "Energy Future in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea". The prime minister is expected to meet his Turkish counterpart Mesut Yilmaz, President Suleyman Demirel and the governor of Turkey's National Bank. The conference will open on Monday at 5 PM. Participants will include presidents and prime ministers in Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazachstan, Ukraine and other countries in the area. The Tuesday agenda includes a meeting with the president of the Association of Turkish bankers and a visit to the stock market and the Tracsan tractor manufacturer assembling tractors made in the Romanian city of Brasov. The prime minister will have separate meetings with his Ukrainian and Georgian counterparts the same day. While at the Otopeni International Airport, Prime Minister Vasile pointed out that "Turkey was actually trying to exceed 1 billion dollars in its trade relations next year". "Turkey is mainly interested in investing in the agricultural and food industry, and my meetings with the Turkish president and the prime minister are designed to create a new way of approaching our economic cooperation. I should tell you that three Turkish ministers have been visiting Romania in the last three weeks, and their visit has proved that Turkey was ready and clearly expressed its support for Romania's efforts to join the NATO enlargement process to be decided next spring", Prime Minister Vasile concluded. RADOR

    [05] Romanian interior minister on recent developments in "Operation Cigarette 2"

    While in Sibiu on Saturday, Romanian Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu provided further details concerning the inquiry into the cigarette smuggling case. The minister said that the main coordinators of the affair were out of the country. The minister has recalled there were forces trying to get him out of the ministry because, as he put it, "the people supporting the president were under attack". Mr Dejeu pointed out that "his dismissal would be a success for those wishing the battle to fail" as his ministry played a "key role" in the fight against corruption". RADOR
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