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EP report urges Romania to rescind its bilateral immunity agreement with the US

On Thursday, the EP adopted the report on the status of human rights in the world in 2008, a document whereby it urges the Romanian authorities to rescind the Bilateral Immunity Agreement concluded with the USA, but also to sign at soon as possible the Convention forbidding the expanding ammunition.

On Wednesday the EP, which is reuniting this week in the last plenary session before the legislative elections scheduled to take place beginning of June, debated the report on the status of human rights in the world in 2008 and the related EU policy. The document, drafted by the Spanish socialist EP Member Raimon Obiols i Germa, was adopted on Thursday by a majority of 429 votes to 36 and 55 “abstentions”, Mediafax reports.

The report explicitly asks Romania to rescind its Bilateral Immunity Agreement with the United States.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) stressed on Thursday that the Bilateral Immunity Agreement concluded between Romania and the US is not in force, so that no rescinding of the agreement is necessary. MAE further says the Bilateral Immunity Agreement for not delivering persons to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), signer on August 1, 2002 has never been ratified by the Romanian parliament so the agreement is not in force, Mediafax reports.

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