Attending the Diplomacy Meeting, President Traian Basescu said that Romania is affected by the situation of Syria. “We are affected by this picture that becomes increasingly violent in areas of strategic interest for us, such as the north of Africa or the Middle East. And there is another thing that becomes more obvious, related to the ambitions of large or not so large states, but not small, which want to be involved in the global game, or in the regional game, where they consider themselves entitled to generate relations in their favour, which becomes a new component of international life which we must take into consideration,” the president told the Romanian diplomats. He gave as example the existence of 10,000 Romanians in Syria and half of million of Romanian speakers in Israel. “We have traditional economic relations with Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen.
The political instability generates problems for us in terms of economic relations and using the export potential. Of course, we see statements about one state or another, we see approaches more or less aimed at military solutions. For Romania, the solution is, in my opinion, consequent and prudent. Our prudence has a limit – that in which we are demanded to show solidarity with our allies. We will do it without reserve. (…) As soon as we have a conclusion of UN experts, Romania will pronounce. Until then, we only have unconfirmed information,” the president announced. He also ruled out the possibility of Romania “having any form of relations with a state that used chemical weapons.”
In his turn, Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean said Romania is worried by the worsening developments in Syria, adding that it is important for the UN mission on site in Syria to be able to wrap up as soon as possible its investigation of alleged use of chemical weapons. “We are deeply worried about the accelerated deterioration of things in Syria. The attacks, such as the latest ones, particularly the suspected use of chemical weapons that generated many victims, cannot be justified. We are strongly condemning them. The use of chemical weapons is fully unacceptable. It is important for the UN mission on site to be able to wrap up as soon as possible and without impediments the necessary investigations. We are expecting the UN experts to get full cooperation on site,” said Corlatean. He underscored that UN experts can offer to the world community an objective analysis of the possibility of chemical weapons being used in Syria.
“While waiting for the speedy results of the UN investigation and the debates in the rightful forums, and I mean here the United Nations first of all, Romania will continue its constant consultations with its European and Euro-Atlantic allies,” said Corlatean.
At the same time, he indicated that, the same as its international partners, Romania is condemning any action in breach of international law or violations of human rights as it believes ‘there is room for unity in such instances.’ Corlatean added Romania is also worried about the developments in Syria because there is a significant number of Romanian nationals living there, pointing out that MAE is closely following the developments in Syria and doing anything within its power, joined by other state institutions, to provide consular assistance and protection to those nationals.
Senate Speaker to ambassadors: Romania is a loyal and correct state
Senate speaker Crin Antonescu said, during the Reunion of Diplomacy, that Romania must intensify its relations with the countries of the eastern neighbourhood, adapt itself to the changes in the Middle East, Africa, and continue the efforts for obtaining a mandate in the UN Security Council. He mentioned that these objectives add to the partnerships with NATO and EU states, with the Republic of Moldova or Turkey.
“The Middle East and Africa are profoundly changing worlds where Romania must rapidly move by renewing old ties and creating new ones,” Antonescu stated, quoted by Mediafax.
According to the Senate speaker, Romania’s foreign policy should not privilege only some relations and partnerships, because a stable political majority of 70 pc allows to the acting power of Bucharest to approach with more courage the local and international problems. Antonescu asked participants to “clearly” tell the officials of the countries where they represent our state that Romania is a loyal and correct partner that believes in expansion and global openness, but is also decided to take care of its citizens wherever they are. “In my opinion, the Romanian state must be more actively involved in relation to the Romanians living outside the borders,” Antonescu mentioned.
He added that Romania considers an important contribution to the construction of the EU budget for the next financial term and to strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union at the level of the EU, along with obtaining the statute of net beneficiary of financing, especially for cohesion and common agricultural policy.