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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-12-03

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

December 3, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] "The Coalition Can Achieve the Governing Programme, But the Government Should Be Reshuffled", Senator Viorel Catarama Believes;
  • [02] Finance and Transport Ministers Before the Senate's Economic Commission;
  • [03] Invitation to Dialogue;
  • [04] Swear-In Ceremony for Romania's New Agriculture Minister;
  • [05] PUNR Press Conference;
  • [06] The Romanian Ambassador to Bulgaria Explains...
  • [07] Denials of CNN Report by Both Bucharest and Baghdad;
  • [08] Romanian Senate's Speaker Met the Marshall of the Polish Seim;
  • [09] Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica Met the Australian Ambassador to Romania.

  • [01] "The coalition can achieve the governing programme, but the government should be reshuffled", Senator Viorel Catarama believes

    "The Economic commission in the Romanian Senate believes that the ruling coalition can achieve the economic reform in Romania and take into account the suggestions the Opposition has made. On the other hand, we believe as well that it is not the current governmDnt who may be capable of taking the economic reform measures", chief commissioner Viorel Catarama said in a statement on Wednesday. Mr Catarama has mentioned that the opposition senators in the commission were sharing the opinion, but his statement was however denied by Doru Laurian Badulescu, a senator representing the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) and also deputy commissioner for economic affairs, who said that a meeting of all party leaders on parliament could lead to the best solutions designed to end the conomic crisis. Chief commissioner Catarama has also announced that the economic commissioners sent a letter to the Senate's speaker, Mr Petre Roman, to express their protest against "the way some government members understood to keep their contacts with the parliament".(RADOR)

    [02] Finance and transport ministers before the Senate's Economic Commission

    At a hearing on Wednesday before the economic commissioners in the Romanian Senate, Finance Minister Traian remDs and Transport Minister Traian Basescu said the government was about to close down the loss-making enterprises by December 31 at the latest. "The delay in the process until after holidays would mean to miss the last chance of an economic recovery", Traian Basescu warned. He added that the first enterprises to be closed would be those who did not pay the salaries. In his turn, minister Remes said the 13-th salary to Budget-financed state enterprises would be extremely damaging and the measure should not be taken. The finance minister said the government was supporting higher accise duties in fuel because it was the quickest and most reasonable measure to get the 1999 Budget finalised. He insists there is no reason to give up the adjustment of fuel prices.(RADOR)

    [03] Invitation to dialogue

    At a meeting of the Permanent Bureau on Wednesday, the speaker of the Romanian Senate, Petre Roman, has invited the opposition MP groups to attend a new round of negotiations aimed at ending theDcrisis in parliament. As the RRA reports, participants are also expected to include the leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Mircea Ionescu Quintus, and the leader of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Marko Bela. The talks are expected to start on Thursday at 10 AM. The Permanent Bureau has also decided a change in the Senate's working schedule for the last two working days of this week. Consequently, the special permanent commissions will meet while the plenum is planned on Friday between 9 AM and 1 PM. The Permenent Bureau has also proposed the Senate to extend its proceedings until December 29.(RADOR)

    [04] Swear-in ceremony for Romania's new agriculture minister

    Ioan Muresan was sworn in as new agriculture minister before the Romanian President Emil Constantinescu on Wednesday following the dismissal of former minister Dinu Gavrilescu. Mr Muresan said the law on restructuring and privatising the state farms (IAS) should take into account some Donditions such as the separation of the land to be returned to its legal owners, the private sector owed by the state and the areas to be privatised. He announced that the ASAL programme was going to be examined and then negotiated with the World Bank experts on Thursday. Congratulating the newly appointed minister, President Constantinescu warned that the agriculture's recovery should be achieved as soon as possible to ensure the exports and the low prices easing the Romanians' access to food products. Following the appointment of Ioan Muresan, Defence Minister Victor Babiuc is to become the acting minister of the Reform and the Reform Council's co- ordinator.(RADOR)

    [05] PUNR press conference

    The leadership of the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR) has expressed the regret that the rally in Alba Iulia did not succeed in gathering representatives of all Romanian political parties. At a press conference on December 2, PUNR deputy Ioan Gavra said the military parade in BucharestD (ed.n. on December 1 - Romania's national Day) recalled memories of similar events before 1989. Mr Gavra said his party did not share the idea of early elections as they were not a solution to end Romania's crisis. The PUNR leadership has decided to give up fees, salaries or travels abroad during the parliamentary crisis.(RADOR)

    [06] The Romanian ambassador to Bulgaria explains...

    When asked to explain his resignation, the Romanian ambassador to Bulgaria, Ion Talpes, said he resigned for personal reasons. "I had two rounds of talks with President Constantinescu and I had explained my decision. It was much earlier, on November 17, when I submitted the written request and I am sure the answer will allow me to choose my future position", Mr Talpes said. He confirmed that he would get further involved in actions designed to solve the problems the Romanian society was facing.(RADOR)

    [07] Denials of CNN report by both Bucharest and Baghdad

    MApN communique

    Referring to the CNN INTEDNATIONAL report of the alleged involvement of the Romanian company Aerofina in trade with Iraq, a communique issued on Wednesday by the Press Office of Romania's National Defence Ministry (MApN) says that, between 1994 and 1996, several rounds of talks have been taking place between the Romanian RA Romtehnica, Giara and Aerofina companies and representatives of the Iraqi Military Industry Ministry concerning an exchange of military equipments. Between July and August 1994, a Romtehnica- Giara delegation went to Iraq to discuss a series of contracts on raw material and accessory supllies. The Iraqi delegation was considering the Romanian support of its research and design projects for the Iraqi-made short range missiles. A first supply was also agreed and, on the occasion of a visit to Iraq by an Aerofina delegate, a new contract allowed possible missile equipment supplies through a Jordan intermediary. In December 1996, the contracts were frozen and any other contact ceased. At theDsame time, division gen. Florentin Popa, State Secretary and heat of the Army's Procurement Department was removed from the job in January 1997 while col. Costica Laptes, director general at Giara was dismissed in June the same year. The director of Aerofina was also dismissed. In 1998, the commercial contacts between the two sides resumed under the control of the Romanian Intelligence in co-operation with similar institutions in partner states. The talks have failed, the communique concludes.

    Saddam Hussein's Scientific Council denies any Romanian-Iraqi tradings on weapons and military technology

    The Iraqi general Saadi, Saddam Hussein's scientific adviser, has strongly denied any Romanian-Iraqi tradings on weapons and military high technology. During the night on December 1-2, the US State Department has also reacted following the CNN report of alleged close military relations between Romania and Iraq. The Romanian Service of the BBC reports that, when asked to confirm RomaDia's alleged involvement in military raltions with Iraq, the US State Department spokesman James Rubin told a press conference the CNN report was based on secret information and a public discussion was hardly possible. However, if some information could be unveiled, they could be announced at the right time, Mr Rubin said.(RADOR)

    [08] Romanian Senate's speaker met the Marshall of the Polish Seim

    While visiting Romania to attend celebrations on the occasion of the country's national day, the Marshall of the Polish Seim, Maciej Blazinski, met his Romanian counterpart Petre Roman on Wednesday. The head of the Polish Parliament reiterated his country's support of Romania's efforts to join NATO and the EU while adding that, irrespective of Romania's international support, the country's integration depended on the commitment of the authorities in Bucharest to take the inevitable tough measures it should take. Petre Roman said Romania dn Poland shared similar problems and Romania could nD more afford the financing of loss-making economic activities.(RADOR)

    [09] Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica met the Australian ambassador to Romania

    Justice Minister valeriu Stoica met Christopher Leslie Lamb, the Australian ambassador to Romania, on Wednesday. A communique issued by the Press office of the Justice ministry says the talks focused on legal aspects concerning the future inauguration of an Australian general consulate in Bucharest. Mr Lamb has reiterated the interest of many Australian companies in the restructuring and recovery process of Romania's industry.(RADOR)
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