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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-02-23

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

February 23, 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Emil Constantinescu Congratulates the MI, Geandarmerie and Police chiefs and Personnel;
  • [02] Setting Up of the Gendarmerie's Special Riot Brigade;
  • [03] Leaders of Education Trade Union Federations Expecting to Meet the Prime Minister;
  • [04] Co-operation Agreement Between Ottawa and Bucharest;
  • [05] Bucharest: Romanian-Ukrainian Documents Signed;
  • [06] Dutch Royal Defence College Delegation on a Visit to Romania;
  • [07] The Romanian Office of CCIR and ROMEXPO Opened in Istanbul;
  • [08] Romanian and Bulgarian Presidents' Letter to Their Yugoslav Counterpart.

  • [01] President Emil Constantinescu Congratulates the MI, Gendarmerie and Police Chiefs and Personnel

    In a message to Romania's Interior Ministry (MI), Gendarmerie and Police, President Emil Constantinescu congratulates the three institutions for the manner they fulfilled their duties during recent violent actions led by the miners in the Jiu Valley. Such illegal actions are seen as the peak of a crisisFcaused by those wishing the hazard and brutality to replace the law. The incidents proved the state insitutions' commitment and ability to defend and promote the constitutional principles. Their high resposibility and professionalism have assured both Romanian and international public opinion that Romania was indeed a consolidated democracy promoting the rule of law. According to the presidential message, the three institutions have mostly succeded in resoring the confidence of the people in ssuch bodies designed to ensure the peace, the safety and the right to a free and respectable life. RADOR

    [02] Setting Up of the Gendarmerie's Special Riot Brigade

    According to a MI communique, it is the Romanian Gendarmerie who, starting from February 15, is entitled to ensure order during public rallies and meetings or restore it in case of riot. The Police is also entitled to assure public order on their territories and support the gendarmerie in its specific activity. The commander of theFRomanian Gendarmerie is to coordinate such missions in the areas under surveillance. In the attempt to increase the geandarmerie's intervention abilities, according to a government order, the former IGP (Inspectorate General of Police, ed.n) brigade designed to maintain the public order becomes part of the Gendarmerie's National Staff. Its new name is the Gendarmerie's Special Riot Brigade. RADOR

    [03] Leaders of education trade union federations expecting to meet the prime minister

    At their meeting on Monday, the delegates of the education trade union federations, who signed a protocol on October 1998, now indicated that the main provisions in the protocol were not observed, the budget put some 150, 000 jobs under question, the 13-th salary was not granted and most of the provisions in the training personnel's statute were broke. Consequently, the trade union leaders are calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Radu Vasile this week. In case the demand is not met, the trade uniFnists believe they are entitled to resume the general strike at any moment. RADOR

    [04] Co-operation agreement between Ottawa and Bucharest

    An agreement of good relationship and co-operation was signed at the Bucharest City Hall on Monday. Participants in the signing ceremony included the Canadian Ambassador Romania, David Collins, Mayor General Viorel Lis of Bucharest, and Ron Colbus, special envoy of the mayor general of Ottawa. Under the agreement, the two capitals are to carry out joint programmes promoting the information exchange concerning their public administration experiences in international affairs, habitat planning, environment protection, water suplly and sewage works improvements as well as the administration management promoting new technologies such as the geographic information system. RADOR

    [05] Bucharest: Romanian-Ukrainian documents signed

    While in Bucharest on Monday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Boris Tarasiuk has signed an agreement mutually recognising Fraduating diplomas in the two countries. Other documents included a protocol of co-operation between the foreign ministries in the two countries and a Romanian-Ukrainian agreement stipulating the two countries co-operation in building and using the gaspipe linking the towns of Hust and Satu Mare. Coming into force in April, the agreement allows the natural gas from Russia to transit Ukraine on its way to Romania. In 1999, Romania is expected to get 3 billion cubic meters of Russian gas. RADOR

    [06] Dutch Defence Royal College delegation on a visit to Romania

    Following an invitation by Romania's Defence National College, a Dutch delegation of the Defence Royal College, including representatives of defence high studies, has arrived in Romania on Monday for a ducumentation visit. The agenda includes a series of meetings and talks with the commissions for defence, public order and national security affairs in Romanian Parliament as well as meetings with government officials, seniFr officers with Romanian Army's Joint Staff and representatives of the Department for defence policies and Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE). A communique issued by the Romanian National Defence Ministry (MApN) says the Dutch delegation is also expected to visit the Academy of High Military Studies, the Romanian-British Training Regional Centre and the Aviation and Air Defence Academy in the Transylvanian city of Brasov, Central Romania. RADOR

    [07] The Romanian office of CCIR and ROMEXPO opened in Istanbul

    The offices of Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIR) and ROMEXPO opened in downtown Istanbul on Monday. The move is the natural consequence of recent growing bilateral relations between Romania and Turkey in the political field but mainly in economy, government and non- government affairs. An agreement coming into force on February 1998 has established a free trade area between Romania and Turkey which may provide some 1 billion dollar benefits. The centre is ready tF provide both Romanian and Turkish businesses with a wide range of services and information about business opportunities and offers. According to CCIR director Pantelimon Manta, the centre is expected to host Romanian companies for a three-month period allowing them to introduce themselves. RADOR

    [08] Romanian and Bulgarian presidents' letter to their Yugoslav counterpart

    "Bulgaria and Romania are fully supporting the Contact Group's efforts to seek a final solution to the conflict in Kosovo". The statement is part of joint letter sent by Romanian President Emil Constantinescu and Bulgarian President Peter Soianov to their Yugoslav counterpart Slobodan Milosevic. The message is pointing out that a NATO-led international peace-keeping force is the only means to guarantee Yugoslavia's territorial integrity. "That is why our countries are ready to grant their full support to such joint efforts", the presidential letter concludes. RADOR
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