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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-02-14

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

February 14, 2000


CONTENTS

  • [01] Meeting of Prime Minister Isarescu with the Leaders of the Ruling coalition
  • [02] President Emil Constantinescu received the Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit
  • [03] Final session of the Conference of the Heads of State and Government of South Eastern European countries
  • [04] The President of Romania made the opening address after which he invited the officials in the hall to speak to the press if they so wished.
  • [05] Statement of the Prime Minister of the Government of Greece, Costas Simitis
  • [06] We now bring you the statement of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Bulent Ecevit
  • [07] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu met with the special coordinator of the Pact of Stability in Europe, Bodo Hombach

  • [01] Meeting of Prime Minister Isarescu with the Leaders of the Ruling coalition

    The leaders of the Ruling coalition met on Sunday with Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu for talks on the budget for the year 2000, the problem of education and the date of local elections, infoms RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI adding that in the press statement released Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu stressed that the ruling coalition supported a budget built in close correlation with the two national priorities: cutting down inflation and economic increase. In this sense any request of increasing budget expenditure cannot be solved by reducing investments or by the increase of the budget dificit. Referring to the issue of education another 3700 thousand million lei are alotted corresponding to the level negociated with the managerial board of the Ministry of Education. The money results from slimming expenditures and cutting down bureaucratic activities in all budget sectors. Representatives of the ruling coalition suggested local elections to unfold on 4 and 18 June and pledged to speed up the passing by Parliament of the draft bill for altering the Electoral Bill.

    [02] President Emil Constantinescu received the Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit

    The President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu, received the Prime Minister of Turkey, Bulent Ecevit, both parties having stressed during their meeting the very good relations between the two countries which can be considered as a model of cooperation for the countries of the region. According to a communique of the Presidency of Romania President Constantinescu informed the Turkish Prime Minister Ecevit of the interest manifested by the Romanian specialized companies to participate in the development of the power sector of Turkey, in the development of atom power, of modernizing crude oil processing sectors, of building pipes and ducts for the transport of crude and natural gas of Turkey. Romania is very much interested in the export of electric power to Turkey. Also presented were the intentions of Romanian companies to participate in the building of atom power stations in Turkey and provide technical assistance for the building of coal mines. The Constantinescu - Ecevit talks also stressed aspects of regional cooperation with a focus on the activity of the Romania - Bulgaria - Turkey trilateral. The President of Romania asked the Turkish guest for support for the ratification by the Turkish side of the accord of cooperation and for the prevention as well as the combatting of crimes in the frontier areas and of the Charter signed on 26 May last year, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs.

    [03] Final session of the Conference of the Heads of State and Government of South Eastern European countries

    According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI the Final Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of South Eastern European countries concluded one hour earlier than scheduled on Saturday 12 February, at 17:00 at the Palace of the Romanian Parliament by the Final Declaration of the Bucharest Conference which lays particular stress on the process of cooperation in South Eastern Europe. The participants have expressed their appreciation for the involvement of the European Commission in the speeding up of navigation on the river Danube. The final session also witnessed the signing of the Charter of relations of good neighbourliness, stability and cooperation in South Eastern Europe. After the conclusion of the Final Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of South Eastern European countries, the President of Romania opened a press conference during which the leaders of the delegations present at the Final Session made statements to the media at the Palace of the Romanian Parliament.

    [04] The President of Romania made the opening address after which he invited the officials in the hall to speak to the press if they so wished.

    The first two guests to address the media were, in this order, the Prime Minister of Greece and the Prime Minister of Turkey. We bring you their statements as translated into Romanian and broadcast in real time by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI on Saturday, 12 February 2000, at 17.30, Bucharest Local Time. The English translation is made by RADOR , the Press Agency of the Romanian Radio Brodcasting Corporation.

    [05] Statement of the Prime Minister of the Government of Greece, Costas Simitis

    Costas Simitis: This is our third meeting, after we had our first meeting in Crete and a second meeting at Antalya, after the Kosovo war. The problem which keeps coming to my mind is whether the process will be continued. Today's meeting has confirmed the fact that it is necessary that we deal with all these issues together, all problems that must be solved. The future of the Balkans can be positive only if it is based on collaboration, on an exchange of views and joint effort, so that we should work together for the solving of the smaller or major problems. We must fight together against crime, but we must also develop infrastructure and promote stability in the region. I believe today's meeting has been extremely useful, as, besides general declarations we also proved that we are willing to adopt measures to reach concrete results. We also talked of the Pact of Stability, we underlined the fact that we must set our priorities, we must have a machinery by which these priorities be promoted and turned into projects and then action. Now when we leave Bucharest we are convinced that our action has been positive and our efforts will continue. We thank you.

    The Prime Minister of the Greek Government Costas Simitis.

    [06] We now bring you the statement of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Bulent Ecevit

    Our Romanian colleagues deserve all praise and our congratulations for the excellent organization of the meeting and for their contribution to the process of collaboration and cooperation among the countries of South Eastern Europe. Naturally, the most important achievement of this meeting is the signing of the Charter regarding the relations of good neighbourliness, stability and cooperation in South Eastern Europe. I have been encouraged very much in the last few months by the determination of the peoples living in the Balkans, in South Eastern Europe, for the solving of all their problems by cooperation and collaboration. I was also impressed and encouraged by Mr. Hombach and his statement this afternoon pleading for the solving of the problems of the region. There further are some critical aspects in our region, especially the accord for Bosnia and Hertzegovina of Dayton, which until now has brought no happiness and no reconstruction to our region. Reconstruction in Kosovo is a first hand urgency. I have the impression that the Balkan countries, the South Eastern European countries are determined to deal with their own problems. In the mean time I have had the pleasure to meet again with Mr. Simitis on this occasion and with Mr. Papandreu: we have been encouraged a great deal and I know that the peoples of the region have been encouraged so that the allied countries in the area, Greece and Turkey, have started a promising dialogue to solve their own problems. This is a clear demonstration of the fact that if there is enough determination, all problems, all questions of the region can be tackled and can be solved by the peoples, by the politicians and the governments of the region.

    The Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Bulent Ecevit.

    [07] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu met with the special coordinator of the Pact of Stability in Europe, Bodo Hombach

    Several projects of the Pact of Stability of South Eastern Europe starting with the Romanian - Hungarian frontier to the proximity of the bridge across the river Danube will be applied concurrently in the Spring of the year 2000 said Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu at the end of his talks with Bodo Hombach, special coordinator of the Pact of Stability. The Romanian Prime Minister said these projects are practically finalized but however further wait for proper financing. In this sense Mr. Mugur Isarescu said, we quote: " Both I and Mr. Hombach do believe that financing will be forthcoming. International investors in the first place need confidence and the Pact of Stability can build this kind of confidence. Foreign investors may rely on the Romanians, for sure ". In his turn Bodo Hombach said the following: " Romania is a country with great resources, a country with well trained people who have a strong motivation. I can compare it to an engine which is ready to start and all it needs is fuel. Fuel we can provide and from this moment on we are indeed a team ", said coordinator Hombach according to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI.


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