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FM changes his mind, pays visit to The Netherlands

Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu decided to attend yesterday’s session of the Dutch Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, although on the previous day he had cancelled his visit to The Netherlands, a press release from the Foreign Ministry said. Diaconescu reconsidered his decision after talking on the phone with his Dutch counterpart. The foreign minister cancelled his visit after the publication by the Dutch Foreign Ministry of a document very critical of Romania’s and Bulgaria’s efforts to fight corruption. During a meeting with the new Dutch ambassador to Romania, President Traian Basescu voiced disapproval over attempts to connect the EC verification mechanism with other EU processes and voiced hope that talks between the two countries’ foreign ministries will continue. Diaconescu’s visit “has the purpose of supporting Romania’s interests on the very day when the Netherlands decides its position on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism,” the Foreign Ministry communiqué said.

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