President Basescu at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague

The Head of State voices the need of relocating NATO’s military resources in response to the military operations of the Russian Federation.

President Traian Basescu left yesterday for The Hague where he represents Romania at the Nuclear Security Summit, saying before leaving that the summit’s main goal is to curb nuclear terrorism and that it was an initiative of US President Barack Obama.
‘This is the summit’s first edition; the first one was held in Washington, and the second in Seoul; the latter was attended by Romania, too. The third edition will be held today and tomorrow in The Hague; it was an initiative of President Obama. The main goals of this summit are related to curbing the threat of nuclear terrorism, which is on top of the agenda; the second topic is related to preventing the purchase of nuclear material by terrorist or unauthorized organization,’ Basescu said at the Henri Coanda Airport, as quoted by Agerpres.
He added that there is also a national side concerning the commitments of each country to avoid endangering its citizens through operations involving nuclear activities. ‘At the Seoul Summit, several states took commitments on the actions on their territories, on antiterrorist cooperation at international level, and on the transit of nuclear material. The present summit will review the honouring of these commitments by the states that took them, and there will be a new set of commitments to be taken by the participating states. It is extremely important that Romania is one of the 32 countries in the world in possession of the technology of the complete nuclear fuel manufacturing process: mining, processing, fission in the nuclear reactors, and waste treatment. From this point of view, Romania is among the very important countries in terms of management of nuclear activities on the national territories. Other states that took commitments at the Seoul Summit, beside Romania, are the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Canada, South Korea, the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, etc,’ Basescu specified.
Basescu mentioned that the summit’s goal is very important in a world where the tendency of holding nuclear technologies is spreading, not necessarily with peaceful use intentions. ‘The most important thing to do in nuclear activities is definitely transparency, the mutual information on the capabilities, measures, and securing, so that nuclear activities represent a benefit for mankind, not a threat. I will take the opportunity of having many heads of state in The Hague, also outside the summit; I will inform them on the situation in our region, on the need of relocating NATO’s military resources in response to the military operations of the Russian Federation over the last months, and so on,’ Basescu said.
The delegation accompanying the President in The Hague includes Presidential Adviser Cristian Diaconescu, President’s Spokesperson Bogdan Oprea, State Secretary with the Foreign Affairs Ministry Bogdan Aurescu, as well as representatives of the National Committee on the control of nuclear activities and of Romania’s Nuclear and Radioactive Waste Agency.
However, international commentators say the nuclear talks will be largely overshadowed by an emergency session of the G7 leaders to censure Russia over Crimea and Ukraine.
Obama in Netherlands for emergency G7 meeting
On the sidelines of the nuclear summit, U.S. President Barack Obama and  the other leaders of G7 industrialized nations will take part in an emergency meeting to discuss international responses to the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, the Voice of America reports. Analysts say the session appears aimed at coordinating Western sanctions imposed on Moscow since Russian troops crossed into Crimea earlier this month.  The group also is expected to further evaluate the cost of possible retaliatory measures from Moscow. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are set to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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