Former President Traian Basescu started on Thursday a two-day private visit to the Republic of Moldova, at the invitation of the Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti, according to an announcement posted on his Facebook page.
“On April 2 and 3 I will be paying a private visit to the Republic of Moldova, at the invitation of President Nicolae Timofti. We will discuss about the security situation in the region, the security of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, Moldova’s efforts in getting closer to the European Union, the bilateral relation etc.,” the former President wrote on his Facebook page.
Traian Basescu specified that during his time in Moldova he intends to visit the wooden church from Maramures (Romania), “Holy Martyrs Brancoveni”, a gift from Romania, and the Soroca Fortress, he will have a meeting with the press and he will be conferred the “Stefan cel Mare” [Stephen the Great] National Order.
“I must specify that every position that I might adopt during my visit to Moldova has nothing to do with the official position of Romania,” said the former President.
According to Romania’s Ambassador to Chisinau Marius Lazurca quoted by Free Europe radio station, Traian Basescu will be granted Moldovan citizenship by President Nicolae Timofti.
Previous to Basescu’s announcement on Facebook on his visit to Chisinau, his visit to R. Moldova had been announced by the spokesman for the president of Moldova, Vlad Turcanu, on Radio Chisinau. He noted that Traian Basescu was honouring an older promise made to Moldova’s President Nicolae Timofti, to visit the Republic of Moldova after he finished his term in office as president.
Another reason for which the ex-president is visiting Moldova is to receive the ‘Stefan cel Mare’ Order, Vlad Turcanu also told Radio Chisinau.
‘Stefan cel Mare’ Order is the highest military award of the Republic of Moldova
Moldova’s President Nicolae Timofti signed, on 13 March, a decree offering to Traian Basescu the ‘Stefan cel Mare’ Order – the highest military award offered by the Republic of Moldova, for his constant support given to Chisinau and for his contribution to the promotion of security and democracy in the region.
Asked how much symbolic load the information that T. Basescu would receive the Moldovan citizenship had, the Moldovan ambassador in Romania said the question should ‘first be answered by President Timofti who, in a sovereign gesture of generosity, would grant he citizenship and, secondly, of course, by President Basescu who, as we all know, wanted this citizenship very much’.
On 18 July 2013, Traian Basescu was stating in an interview offered to ProTV Chisinau after a visit to R. Moldova that, after his presidential term, he ‘might’ apply for Moldovan citizenship as an expression of love and respect for R. Moldova and its people.
A week later, Traian Basescu was saying that he had ‘definitely’ decided to apply for Moldovan citizenship, noting he would like Romanians to live in a single country and added: ‘If now we cannot have Romanian citizenship on both sides of the River Prut, at least I would have both’.
Asked if he was determined to apply for Moldovan citizenship, Basescu answered: ‘Yes, definitely. It’s a sentimental matter. I would like Romanians to live in a single country, have a single citizenship. If they grant it to me, after I have completed my term in office, I would love to also be a citizen of R. Moldova, it would express what I feel. If now we cannot have Romanian citizenship on both sides of the River Prut, at least I would have both’.
In a different interview on 29 October 2014 to the public TV channel Moldova 1, Traian Basescu was announcing his farewell visit to Chisinau after the parliamentary election in Moldova, on which occasion he would also apply for citizenship. He noted that it was a symbolic gesture. ‘Definitely yes. I even spoke to President Timofti about this the other day and we agreed that I would make a visit there after the election in R. Moldova, also a farewell visit, when I will submit the application for Moldovan citizenship’, he said.
Vitalia Pavlicenco, unionist political leader: Basescu patronised a corrupt system, lied to Romanians across the River Prut and does not deserve the award
Traian Basescu was not greeted just with appreciation in Chisinau. The President of the National Liberal Party in R. Moldova, Vitalia Pavlicenco, a unionist political leader, harshly criticises the ex-Romanian president who, he says, patronised a corrupt system, lied to Romanians across the River Prut and does not deserve the award’, stiripesurse.ro reports.
‘I have heard that Traian Basescu is coming to Chisinau. I am watching developments in Romania. It’s a true jihad against the corrupt people who are now being discovered to have well cooperated with the mobsters of the Moldovan criminal clans.
Udrea is under arrest, Basescu explains why he calumniated a senator – as Voronin calumniated me as a member of Parliament, what so say about regular people.
Basescu, the leader who only disunited Romanians – two of them are right here, in Chisinau – is coming here to be offered a medal. Interesting. What for? For telling us lies and for creating such a ‘rule of law’ that the property restitution Mafia flourished? The Mafia that made all those shameless Cocos, Udrea-s, as well as other rat-faces, rich out of the wealth Romanians in Romania, including refugees from Bessarabia, worked for and was seized by the communist and soviet regime? Shem on you, gentlemen! You really ought to gather more information, as you’ll be ashamed to see the true ‘labour’ of the Basescu clan over these ten years when he kept chattering sentimentally about Romanians, Union, while he was fostering a flourishing corruption.
Because they didn’t want the people of Bessarabia to know all these things they didn’t want us to have good TV stations over here, not to know about the wrongdoings of the ‘Romanian brothers’, including with anti-Romanian individuals on this bank of the River Prut… It’s all surfacing now… I am disgusted…’ Vitalia Pavlicenco states on her blog.