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French Ambassador to Bucharest thanks Romania for the promptness of messages of support, says no barbaric act will hinder the press freedom

France’s ambassador to Romania, Francois Saint-Paul, supports the statement made by the President of the French Republic, according to which no barbaric act will be able to hinder the freedom of the press, pointing out that France is an united country who will know how to react and remain solidary.

“I thank, in the name of France and of all Frenchmen, Romanians and the Romanian authorities for their messages of support and condolences. In this tragic context, the promptness and scale of these messages have a large symbolic value. As the President of the French Republic stated, ‘no barbaric act will be able to hinder the freedom of the press. We are an united country that will know how to react and remain solidary'”, said the French ambassador, according to a release remitted to Agerpres.

The terrorist attack committed on Wednesday at the headquarters of the weekly satire newspaper Charlie Hebdo has left 12 dead and 11 wounded. Eight journalists – including the magazine’s editor – died along with two policemen, a maintenance worker and a visitor, and eleven people were wounded, four of them currently in a critical state, when masked men armed with assault rifles stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices on Wednesday, AFP quoted the General Prosecutor of France, Fracois Molins, as saying.

 

President Iohannis: International community must take a firm stand against terrorism

 

President Klaus Iohannis has sent to his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, a letter of condolence following the attack that took place on Wednesday in Paris.

“Mr. Klaus Iohannis has sent to French President, Mr. Francois Hollande, a letter of condolence following the attack that took place in Paris that left 12 dead and 8 injured”, the President’s spokesperson, Tatiana Niculescu Bran, said on Facebook on Wednesday.

President Klaus Iohannis has stated in his message that the terrorist attack on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo was “cruel and cowardly”.

“Attacking the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a cruel and cowardly terrorist act. I express my sympathy for the families of the victims, as well as solidarity with the French nation hardly hit today. I assure all partners of Romania of the full support in the fight against terrorism and extremism of any kind. The international community must take a firm stand against terrorist attempts to destroy the rule of law state, violation of civil rights and freedoms,” Iohannis said, according to the Presidential Administration.

He also pointed out that freedom of information is a fundamental human right. “Both religious and ethnic tolerance, as well as freedom of expression are the foundations of modern civilization, built on the principles of democracy,” according to Iohannis.

 

Prime Minister Victor Ponta: Romania firmly condemns the scourge of terrorism

 

Prime Minister Victor Ponta has sent a letter to his French counterpart, Manuel Valls, in which he says that he learnt “with deep indignation and unspeakable sadness” about the attack that stormed the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people and wounding even more others.

“Romania firmly condemns the scourge of terrorism and any such violent act that challenges the freedom of expression and the values of democracy. I want to send my sincerest condolences and the compassion of the Romanian people to the families of the Charlie Hebdo shooting victims and also to the whole French nation. My thoughts also go to those who were wounded in this unjustified and intolerable attack and I wish them a quick recovery,” said the Prime Minister, in his letter to his French counterpart.

 

Oprea assures French counterpart of Romania’s readiness to support fight against terrorism scourge

 

Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Minister of Interior Gabriel Oprea on Wednesday sent a message of condolences to Bernard Cazeneuve, the French Minister of Interior, as following the terrorist attack that killed 12 people in Paris on Wednesday, assuring him at the same time of Romania’s readiness to support all measures that are about to be taken in order to combat this scourge ‘that endangers the essence of democracy and civilisation.’

‘I found out with deep regret about the news of the terrorist attack storming the headquarters of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing your fellow citizens. In these difficult times, I want to assure you, as Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Ministry of Interior, of the entire solidarity and support of the Romanian people. My thoughts go first to the mourning families, to whom I send my sincerest condolences. This act of an extreme aggressiveness was directed not only toward the representatives of the media, but also toward the law enforcement forces that were called to stop the terrorist attacks in the area. The death of the French policemen shows once again the power of their commitment and their courage in risking their lives for defending the citizens against any kind of threat,’ Gabriel Oprea said in his message.

The Minister voiced his regret over ‘the loss of human lives and the painful impact felt by the French people at the moment of the attack that showed us once again the violent and worrying dimension of the terrorist phenomenon.’  ‘I assure you, Mr. Minister, that we will be by your side supporting all the measures that you will take to firmly eradicate this scourge that endangers the essence of democracy and civilisation. I want you to please receive, Mr. Minister, the expression of my deep compassion,’ said Oprea, Deputy Prime Minister for National Security.

 

SRI: There is no reason to change the alert level in Romania

 

President Klaus Iohannis was informed on Wednesday by the specialty structures regarding the situation determined by the terrorist attack in Paris, the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) believing there is no reason to change the alert level in Romania and that no terrorist-type threats have been identified at the level of our country at this moment.

“The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, was informed, through the Department of National Security, by specialty structures, on the situation determined by the tragic attack that took place in Paris. SRI has mentioned that there are no reasons to change the alert level in Romania and no terrorist-type threats were identified at the level of our country at this moment”, the Presidential Administration shows in a release.

According to the quoted source, “the pertinent institutions of the state are closely following the situation, ensuring inter-institutional cooperation so that Romania’s citizens be safe”.

 

Senate Speaker Tariceanu: An intolerable act endangering the fundamental values of democratic societies

 

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu “strongly” condemns the attack that stormed the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which he qualifies as an intolerable act endangering the fundamental values of democratic societies,” and expresses his entire compassion for the families of the shooting victims.

“I want to express, on behalf of the Romanian Senate and in my own name, my deep consternation related to the criminal attack that was committed  at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, as well as my entire compassion for the families of the victims of the attack. This is a tragic event and I hope that all those who are guilty of it will be condemned in the name of the law,” Tariceanu said  in a release to Agerpres.

The Senate Speaker believes that, at such a moment, we must reaffirm our solidarity with the media and our determination to continue to fight for and defend our freedom of expression.

 

National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa: Romania is firmly committed to fight against terrorism

 

National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack resulting in 12 dead people at the Charlie Hebdo French magazine headquarters.

‘It is an attacked condemned by everybody. It is unacceptable for some delirious people to enter the editorial office of a publication, of a magazine with rifles and rocket propelled grenade launchers to kill a group of people,’ Dusa said in an interview to dcnews.ro.

The Minister brought to mind that Romania’s position is that of condemning such attacks and incidents and that our country is firmly committed together with its partners to fight against terrorism.

‘Over the past 20-30 years, in the assessments conducted by specialists on the dangers threatening Romania, besides the conventional warfare, in which military fighting technique is used, the danger of terrorism, the asymmetric warfare danger came up and also that of the cybernetic warfare, at the same time with the development of the IT area. We are also talking about the energy security and other elements that strategy and security system planners must take into account for everyone to live in peace and tranquillity,’ Dusa said.

 

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