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February 3, 2023

Romania hosts international conference on 25 years since the fall of communism: Twelve former heads of state gather in Bucharest for celebration

Twelve former heads of state from Central and Eastern Europe will be present, on Thursday, in Bucharest, to take part in the international conference  “25 years after the fall of communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe: looking back, looking forward”. The Romanian Foundation for Democracy (FRD), the organizer of the international conference that will take place on Thursday and Friday, mentions, in a release remitted to Agerpres, the presence, in the Palace of the Parliament, of the first democratic presidents of Central and Eastern Europe and of Western personalities that have marked the post-communist period.”A dialogue will take place, during round table sessions, between leaders of the anti-communist revolution and of the transition to democracy and the generation born in 1989-1990. At the round table sessions important personalities of the academic and civic circles of the entire world will participate, as chairmen and moderators”, the FRD mentions. According to the quoted source, on the occasion of the conference, the Palace of the Parliament will also host the philatelic exhibition “25 years since the Romanian anticommunist Revolution of 1989” done by the Romfilatelia company, the photograph and document exhibition titled “Romania’s path to NATO. Turning point: 1996-2000” done by the Romanian Foundation for Democracy, as well as the exhibition  “Communist repression in Romania 1945-1965: common denominator – death” done by the Institute for Communist Crime Investigations and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER). The Royal House has announced on Tuesday that, in honor of the guests, King Michael I will offer, on Thursday evening, an official dinner on the occasion of celebrating twenty-five years since the fall of communism. According to a release of the Press Bureau of King Michael I, remitted to Agerpres, the official dinner, that will take place in the Large Dining Room of the Elisabeta Palace will  be preceded by a ceremony in the Hall of Kings, and will be attended by Lech Walesa, President of Poland between 1990-1995, Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania between 1996-2000, Petar Stoyanov, President of Bulgaria between 1997-2002, Stanislav Shushkevich, President of Belarus between 1991-1994, Sali Berisha, President of Albania between 1992-1997, Petru Lucinschi, President of the Republic of Moldova between 1996-2001, Rexhep Meidani, President of Albania between 1997-2002, Rudolf Schuster, President of Slovakia between 1999-2004, Boris Tadic, President of Serbia between 2004-2012, Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine between 2005-2010, Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine between 1994-1999, Valdis Zatlers, President of Latvia between 2007-2011, as well as Hans-Gert Pottering, President of the European Parliament between 2007-2009. During the morning of Thursday, starting with 11:30, Princess Margareta will represent King Michael in the Plenum of the Senate of Romania, during the inaugural session of the international conference. On that occasion, Prince Radu will read the address of King Michael.Mikhaïl Gorbatchev, former President of the Soviet Union  will  also address a message to the conference that will be presented by his political adviser.

Emil Constantinescu writes to Klaus Iohannis: “Your presence in this debate would be beneficial”

On Tuesday, FRD Chairman, prof. Emil Constantinescu addressed an open letter to president elect Klaus Iohannis, recalling him the invitation sent last week to attend the Conference .“With the experience I have gained in these 25 years, I believe that your presence in this debate would be beneficial both to enhance its substance and to give you a direct contact with the main problems of the region in which you will exercise your mandate. You could also have a direct and cordial contact with many leading personalities of Europe today – and why not, of  tomorrow. Last but not least, it would be a symbolic gesture of great importance for a reconciliation process, that you have recognized it explicitly, especially after the feud that has divided us nearly a decade, a process that has become an important imperative for all of us, “wrote Emil Constantinescu, among others, in his letter addressed to Klaus Iohannis.


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