President Traian Basescu stated on Tuesday at the opening of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Summit in Istanbul that Romania is very interested and committed to materializing the Black Sea’s seaways. “Romania’s commitment to the success of BSEC is profound and you can count on Romania as on a facilitator of consolidating cooperation at the Black Sea,” Basescu underlined. In what concerns the Black Sea Ring Highway, the President stated that Romania has already drawn-up the Romanian sector. “EU projects in this region are at the beginning,” Basescu added. He expressed his belief that the partnership for environment Romania is coordinating will continue to materialize and to obtain the desired results, at the same time expressing his hope that this will be followed by the partnership for transports managed by Greece and the partnership for energy coordinated by Bulgaria.Likewise, Basescu underlined that on its 20th anniversary BSEC needs an authentic reform in order to materialize cooperation projects. “The organization needs more flexible decisional structures that could green-light projects in priority cooperation domains,” the President said. He pointed out that talks within BSEC often become “the hostages of political disagreements” and called on the leaders of members states present at the summit to do everything possible so that the Istanbul Summit can finalize with the adoption of a joint statement, Mediafax informs. At the same time, the Head of State will support the adoption of the “Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership,” a document built on the basis of proposals forwarded by Romania and its partners and that sets the priorities of economic cooperation between riparian states. Expressing his full support for the Turkish Presidency of BSEC, Basescu reiterated Romania’s commitment to the organization’s success. “At the same time, the coherent implementation of the document launched by the Ministerial Council in Bucharest and adopted by the Ministerial Council in Belgrade – the organization’s public communication strategy will contribute to enhancing BSEC’s regional and European profile,” Basescu added. He also pointed out that Turkey will take over the Presidency of BSEC at an appropriate moment for the organization’s goals and congratulated Serbia, the country which previously held that presidency.In his address Basescu also mentioned Romania’s involvement, alongside Georgia, Azerbaijan and Hungary, in the AGRI energy project, calling the latter “a pioneering project whose success will encourage similarly daring projects.” President Traian Basescu stated at the end of the Summit that he did not feel that Romania is affected at international level by the internal rows. “Probably also because here is not the crux of our internal problems,” Basescu added. At the same time, when asked about Romania’s representation at the European Council, the President refused to answer, pointing out that he does not want to tackle an issue not related to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.
Turkey has Romania’s support following incident with Syria
President Traian Basescu stated at the end of the BSEC Summit in Istanbul that he talked with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul about the tensions with Syria following the downing of a Turkish fighter jet, assuring him of Romania’s full support. Romania has taken note with concern of the incident in which the Syrian army downed a Turkish fighter jet and is firmly in favor of the non-use of force, the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) informed on Monday, expressing its solidarity with Turkey given the latter’s status as Romania’s important strategic partner.