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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-02-10

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From: RADOR Press Agency <>

February 10, 1999


  • [01] Meeting at the Romanian Institute for Human Rights;
  • [02] Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile on a Visit to Hungary;
    • Romanian-Hungarian Summit in Budapest,
    • Radu Vasile-Arpad Goncz Meeting as Reported by Romanian Government Spokeswoman Adriana Saftoiu;
  • [03] No Surprise for MAE;
  • [04] Debates in Parliament on Draft Budget;
  • [05] Justice Ministry Rejects CV Tudor's Allegations;
  • [06] Survey of Police Inspectorates in Western Romanian Counties.

  • [01] Meeting at the Romanian Institute for Human Rights

    Debates on human rights and minority rights mainly have been taking place at the Romanian Insitute for Human Rights on Tuesday. Participants included Dusan Janjic, president of the Ethnic Relations Forum in Belgrade, Otto Weber, chief commissioner for human rights, religious groups and national minorities affairs in Romania's House of Deputies along with other human rights experts. The talks focused on issues concerning bilateral and international co-operation in public and ethnic relations, the minority rights (the Yugoslav Romanians included) and possible connections between such issues and territorial matters. RADOR

    [02] Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile on a visit to Hungary

    Romanian-Hungarian summit in Budapest

    While in Budapest on Tuesday evening, Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile had separate talks with Hungarian President Arpad Goncz and the Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, Ader Janos. The Hungarian president has assued the Romanian prime minister that Hungary was not expected to turn into a Schengen pillar shutting the door into its eastern neighbours' face when the country would become a NATO member. Mr Goncz said that, in his opinion, most of the conditions in the basic Treaty between the two countries were already met. The Romanian prime minister's agenda also included a wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial in Budapest's Heroes Plaza, and a visit to the Gojdu Foundation. Another wreath-laying ceremony was reported at the cemetery in the memory of the Romanian soldiers who died for Budapest's liberation during the WW II. Also on Tuesday afternoon, the Romanian prime minister had another round of separate talks with the transport and agriculture ministers of the two countries. RADOR

    Radu-Vasile-Arpad Goncz meeting as reported by Romanian Government spokeswoman Adriana Saftoiu

    Romanian Government spokeswoman Adriana Saftoiu told a press conference that, at the talks on Tuesday, Prime Minister Radu Vasile and Hungarian President Arpad Goncz reviewed some of the issues formerly discussed in the morning with Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The Hungarian president said that Romania and Hungary never shared the same interests as they did nowadays. He said that the Romanian government should stay in power and achieve the reforms Romania needed. RADOR

    [03] No surprise for MAE

    While attending a Defence Forum in Munich, German Chacellor Gerhard Schroder said recently that participants in the NATO summit in Washington next April should not invite new candidates to join the Alliance. Referring to the statement, Mrs Elena Zamfirescu, state secretary with Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE), said she should first examine it carefully. However, the Romanian side is not surprised as most NATO capitals already indicated that there was little hope for the Washington summit to invite new candidates to join the Alliance. In an interview with the Romanian media, Mrs Zamfirescu said Romania was however waiting for a better solution in case the best solution was not available. RADOR

    [04] Debates in parliament on draft Budget

    Debates have continued in parliament on Tuesday about the draft Budget and the social insurance financing. The talks focused on the spendings' regime and distribution as stipulated in the 1999 Budget. The paragraph 1 in the Art. 9 was adopted while the paragraph 2 in the same article has been subject to further debates. The paragraph 1 says that the main credit co- ordinators are to decide the number of jobs, the basic salaries, managerial indemnities and other emoluments in the legal pay system and make them comply with the personnel spendings already approved for this year. The paragraph 2 says that the 1999 indexation should be lower than the estimated raise in the consumer prices. RADOR

    [05] Justice Ministry rejects CV Tudor's allegations

    The Romanian Justice Ministry has rejected as calumnies recent allegations made by Corneliu Vadim Tudor, the leader of the Greater Romania Party (PRM) at his party's press conference on February 5. A communique issued by the ministry's press office says that Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica has never ordered a file to be destroyed and no ministry official was in Arad when, according to senator CV Tudor, the justice minister gave that order. The file on the Turkish citizen Hasem Kara is now subject to an inquiry at a court in Arad as it disappeared during the trial, and the County Attorney's Office was ordered to open an inquiry into the matter. The communique also denies that the missing file cannot be restored because, according to the same source, original copies were preserved and the file can be restored entirely. RADOR

    [06] Survey of police inspectorates in western Romanian counties

    A survey of police inspectorates in western Romanian counties was carried out at the PETROM headquarters in Timisoara on Tuesday morning in the presence of Romania's Interior Minister Constantin Dudu Ionescu. Participants included police chiefs and prefects of the counties of Arad, Bihor, Caras-Severin, Hunedoara and Timis. The meeting is part of a national programme designed to examine the activity of the Interior Ministry (MI) personnel in the country. RADOR
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