FM Corlatean and Georgian counterpart held talks in Bucharest.
Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean on Monday said he discussed with his Georgian counterpart Maia Panjikidze, who pays an official visit to Bucharest, about creating the Black Sea – Caspian Sea freight corridor, showing that Romania and Georgia were interested in this project.
“We evoked a series of important components in the economic bilateral cooperation. We plan to act in the coming period to increase the economic exchanges. Georgia is Romania’s main economic partner in the region. We plan to advance on the line of making operational the ferry transport corridor in the Black Sea. Moreover, in October, a Memorandum of bilateral understanding was signed on a Transports Ministry level and we are making progress in this direction. We plan to make steps forward in regards with a project that remains very important – I am referring to AGRI. Last, but not least, I talked with Mrs. Minister and we agreed to create a common initiative concerning the Black Sea – Caspian Sea freight corridor. We are deeply interested, both Romania and Georgia, and we hope that together with the partners of Turkmenistan we advance faster this project providing us extremely important economic, commercial opportunities,” Titus Corlatean said, in a press conference with the chief diplomat of Tbilisi.
In her turn, Maia Panjikidze characterised the current bilateral relations as ‘excellent’. “We agreed to develop and deepen the cooperation between Georgia and Romania, mainly the sectoral cooperation in the energy and transports areas,” Panjikidze said, as quoted by Agerpres. In context, she reiterated the gratefulness of the authorities of her country for Romania’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and for its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
On the other hand, the Georgian Foreign Minister said Georgia has been under Russia’s pressure since her country gained independence, but that the country is ready to cope with new Moscow challenges after signing the EU Association Agreement in Vilnius. “Our policy is to be calm so that Russia cannot challenge us and that the situation cannot escalate,” said Panjikidze, according to Mediafax. However, she expressed hope that Tbilisi will be supported by the European partners.
Dialogue-the best solution to crisis in Ukraine
Dialogue between the power and the representatives of the protesters is the single solution to the crisis in Ukraine, where a wide-scale protest emerged as a result of the suspension by the government of the Association Agreement with the EU, Romanian and Georgian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean and Maia Panjikidze, also stated in Bucharest. “I have a message for protesters in Ukraine, which is generally valid: if they truly believe that Europe is the right choice for Ukraine, then they must defend and protect this choice, but in a peaceful manner. Dialogue is very important right now, in order to prevent the situation from escalating,” said Panjikidze, when asked by the journalists if she had a message to deliver to the protesters and the government in Ukraine.
In his turn, Minister Corlatean reminded that late last week he participated in Kiev in the meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), where he insisted on the need for the authorities in Kiev to observe the people’s right to state their belief in a peaceful manner.
“A clear request addressed to the government: not to use force. What happened before is unacceptable from the viewpoint of democratic standards, hence the need to carry out an investigation into what really happened, for those who abusively used forced (the police forces against the population) should receive an appropriate punishment, in compliance with the provisions of the law. And, of course, there is need of a political dialogue with the opposition, with the representatives of the people on the streets, for the abusive use of force doesn’t represent a solution, while dialogue is a solution,” said Corlatean.