Basescu at Conference in Munich: Solving frozen conflicts is a priority

The head of state urged the President of Ukraine not to send the army in the streets.

On Friday and Saturday, President Traian Basescu traveled on business to Berlin and Munich, Germany. On Friday, he met with President Joachim Gauck and Hans-Gert Pottering, former President of the European Parliament, and on the following day he attended the 50th Conference on Security Matters. He also took part in a press conference with accredited reporters at German Parliament headquarters.
In his public address at the 50th Conference on Security Matters held in Munich, President Traian Basescu pointed out four of the six Eastern Partnership Member States are faced with frozen conflicts. “We must find a solution for the frozen conflicts in these states. […] I urge officials in the Black Sea area to make solving these frozen conflicts a priority,” the head of state said, warning that until the problem is resolved, the chances for accession to the EU for those Eastern Partnership Member States in which conflicts have ensued are slim. Basescu also underlined the need for “a more substantial approach” to the EU accession perspectives of Eastern Partnership Member States. “We need a more substantial approach. You can’t simply invite them to join the Association, on the one hand, and offer no guarantee they will become part of the EU, on the other. I believe the EU must be more categorical in creating EU accession perspectives,” Basescu said, as cited by
The head of state remarked that the current instability in the Ukraine is a risk Europeans – particularly those in neighboring states – must understand, and he underlined the risk “was not analyzed since the very beginning.” Basescu urged his counterpart in Kiev not to send the army in the streets. “It would be a security disaster if the Army was used to keep peace in the Ukraine. I urge the Ukrainian President not to send the army in the streets,” the President emphasized.
Gauck meeting  tackles Rep. of Moldova security risks
President Traian Basescu and German counterpart Joachim Gauck met on Friday in Munich, with the two heads of state discussing, among others, security risks in the Republic of Moldova potentially arising from the separatist approaches in Transnistria and Gagauzia. Basescu and Gauck also discussed the manner in which the two countries have handled the condemnation of communism and moral reparations have been provided to the victims of totalitarian persecutions. ‘Mr. President Traian Basescu and Mr. President Joachim Gauck reconfirmed during the meeting the importance of state authorities getting involved at the highest level in the combat of corruption and proceeded to an assessment of the performance of the judiciary systems in countries in transition in the fight against corruption,’  reads a Presidential Administration quoted by Agerpres.
Roma, corruption, euro zone, discussed with German media
President Traian Basescu told German journalists on Friday in Berlin that the solution to the issue of Roma communities is cooperation with the EU member states. ‘As regards the issue the of Roma community, we do not blame the fact that journalists from other countries point to the problems caused by the Roma minority. This does not bother us, but it bothers us to see the issue just named, but not solved. It does not bother us that a truth is being reported, we are bothered that all Romanians are labeled as such. Here we have the reality of a minority coming from Romania and we are ready to assume it, but at the same time we are ready to get involved and get it solved together with EU member states’, Basescu said.
“It’s not enough to simply identify them and seek to diminish the actions which upset the population. This is the true Romani problem – they are extremely visible and cause trouble; I dare say they cause much more trouble than bankers who make 10 billion euros disappear from a bank,” the President added, stressing that Romania is ready to draft in teachers for the Gypsies coming from Romania.
Basescu said that the Romanian state institutions started to fight against corruption bluntly, pointing out that they no longer ‘played’ with corrupt politicians. ‘I saw often misfortunate statements, saying ‘corruption in Romania is systemic,’ ‘corruption in Romania is endemic.’ I contradict these assertions. I want you to know that the institutions of the Romanian state began to fight with no holds barred with corruption and it is a satisfaction of my mandate that I managed to keep justice away from political influence through the capacities which an elected president has,’ Traian Basescu said, adding at the moment, in Romania seven ministers and 18 MPs have been convicted, with final sentences. Refering to the Parliament, Basescu said Romania still had problems in connection with the selection of people who come to have a seat in Parliament and added that the past two years’ lessons for the current parliamentary majority would lead to revolutionizing the way they are selected. President Basescu also told German journalists that Romania’s goal was to join the eurozone in 2018 or 2019 and that Romania would be very interested that Deutsche Bahn takes part in the tender for CFR Marfa.
PSD disapproves of the visit
Catalin Ivan, spokesperson for PSD, and Corina Cretu, Eurodeputy and PSD member, believe President Traian Basescu harmed Romania and acted contrary to diplomatic principles by going to Germany “at a time when this country’s officials had entirely different priorities,” namely the visits of the American Foreign Affairs Minister’s visit, the Polish PM Donald Tusk, and European Commissioner Laszlo Andor.

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