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FM: ‘Romania shall react to populist and electoral criticism from the EU area’

The Foreign Minister postponed his visits to Cairo, Amman and Madrid to attend the debate and vote on the censure motion against the Cabinet due today.

Cristian Diaconescu yesterday made an appeal to the Romanian political class to display a European conduct during the European parliamentary election campaign. At the same time, he warned that Romania would respond if it is turned into a ‘whipping boy’ (our note) in the politicised domestic debates in any other member state of the Union. According to the minister, the beginning of the election campaign was marked by the concerns of the European Union about the effects of the economic crisis, themes that actually overlapped with a political agenda revolving around institutional re-defining, need to counteract unemployment, illegal migration, and crime and to deal with security challenges. ‘It is natural for all such themes to be addressed with accents of criticism and populism. However, as a foreign minister, my duty is to express my view that the European parliamentary election campaign needs to demonstrate the capability of the Romanian political class of being tuned to the agenda of the European debates and of enhancing the merit of Romania’s membership of the EU’ said Diaconescu. Speaking of ‘signals coming from the EU area’, Diaconescu expressed his disapproval of Romania’s being used in politicised debates in other member states, as ‘a reason for action limitations or populist restrictive measures’, Agerpres informs. ‘MAE will closely monitor political messages during this European election campaign and will have a decisive diplomatic reaction, preventing Romania’s image and interest from being affected in any way’ Diaconescu added.

Another thing FM Dia­conescu shared yesterday was that, during his three-day visit to Washington the previous week, he had received ‘the confirmation of openness and of an extremely clear and reliable approach on behalf of the USA regarding the usefulness of a dialogue’ between the presidents of the two countries.

As for the visa waiver, Diaconescu said it only depends on the fulfilment of technical criteria, one essential argument being a visa rejection rate of less than 10 per cent. The Romanian chief diplomat stated his hope that it would happen by the end of the year. He also said The Foreign Ministry would start advising Romanians on the correct completion of visa application forms.

Yesterday, the foreign minister also said any bilateral issues with R. Moldova would be resolved exclusively by bilateral dialogue without being transferred to any of the international organisations Romania is a member of. ‘We need to deal with our issues. We will resolve our problems ourselves, by ways and means that are available to us’ said Cristian Diaconescu. Nonetheless, Diaconescu did not say when the new Romanian Ambassador was expected to be appointed to Chisinau. He only said the Romanian authorities would wait until a new government has been set up and a new president has been elected because Voronin’s term expires this month. As a matter of fact, yesterday, Voronin was elected as Speaker of the Moldovan Parliament.

Also, Cristian Diaconescu met yesterday the Monsignor Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See.

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