President Traian Basescu stated during a press conference last evening that Romania has rallied to the statement on Syria signed by 11 G20 members, a statement that calls for a strong international response. “Yesterday (Sunday – editor’s note) Romania adopted a position concerning Syria and it is my duty to notify the public, considering that it is a political commitment that Romania assumes. On the occasion of the G20 Summit in Sankt Petersburg, 11 member states adopted a joint statement on Syria. Following consultations with other institutions, I decided that Romania should rally to this statement made by the 11 states – Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, Great Britain and the US.
The statement notes that the international norm against the use of chemical forces has been in force for a long time and is universal,” the President announced, being quoted by HotNews.ro.
According to Basescu, the signatory states do not differentiate between states that ratified international norms and those that did not, considering that most of the countries at global level have already done so. “The statement condemns in the harshest of terms the chemical attack that took place on August 21 and holds the Syrian government, the regime in power, responsible,” the President added, pointing out that the signatories of this statement call “for a strong international response,” so that such events will no longer take place. “Extremely important for the objectivity of the statement is that the initiators are holding both sides equally responsible, both the regime and the insurgents, for the death of over 100,000 Syrian citizens, for the fact that over 2 million persons have become refugees and approximately 5 million have left their homes. (…) We are talking about a humanitarian drama at this moment, because of the civil war in Syria,” the President added.
At the same time, Basescu stated that the signatories of this statement “consistently support and back” a firm UN Security Council resolution, considering the latter’s responsibilities. “The fact that a resolution could not be adopted on the Syrian problem because of disputes between veto-wielding members is stipulated in the statement and Romania unreservedly claims that problems of this type should be resolved within the Security Council, not by force of arms,” the President pointed out. He also underscored that the signatories vow to support long-term international overtures in order to address the challenge represented by Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. “Although it is not brutally stated, the statement leaves both options on the table. Even though it mostly talks about the UN, Geneva and political solutions, and it admits that the military solution is not viable, the option of a no-boots-on-the-ground attack against Syria’s military capabilities is not completely ruled out.” Asked whether he will convene the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) on this issue, Basescu answered negatively. At the same time, he stated that Romania will not take part in a possible military offensive in the area, claiming that Romania lacks the military capabilities to take part to such an operation.