FM Corlatean pleads at FAC for visa liberalisation for R. of Moldova


Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean emphasized on Monday in Brussels the need for speeding up the visa liberalization process for the Republic of Moldova, at the same time voicing support for progress in the similar process for Georgia, the Romanian Foreign Ministry informs. Attending the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting, Corlatean welcomed particular results of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, highlighting the need for greater differentiation in the approach of partner states, allowing the advancement of members such as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, which are firmly engaged on this path.
Regarding the situation in Ukraine, Corlatean said the European Union needs to take a coordinated stance, condemning the violence and at the same time conveying a clear message of support to the Ukrainian people as regards the European perspective, including the visa issue.
In talks on the Iranian nuclear file, Romania voiced support for the adoption of the Council conclusions and welcomed the Joint Plan of Action agreed upon in Geneva (November 24, 2013), as a first step towards a final settlement, expressing support for rapid EU action for the fulfilment of the undertaken commitments.
The Romanian chief diplomat, in unison with the European counterparts, said that all efforts must be made to reach a political solution also for the Syrian crisis in a Geneva II peace process.
Yesterday, FM Corlatean attended the General Affairs Council Meeting in Brussels. According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry press release, the main topics featuring on the meeting agenda included laying the groundwork for the European Council meeting due on Dec. 19-20, the European Union enlargement and the stabilization and association processes, the EU position on Serbia’s accession talks and a revision of the European External Action Service.

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