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Basescu writes his memoirs

Former president Traian Basescu has decided to write and publish his memoirs.

“I will give you my book about me, when I finish it, and then you will find out the truth. In spoken and written Romanian I make just about as many mistakes as you do. I had exceptional grammar professors in high school, I know how to spell correctly,” the former head of state said on Sunday on B1TV.

In the same show, Basescu also referred to the book written by his former presidential advisor Adriana Saftoiu.saftoiu_basescu_

“There is no politician that can accuse me of having had a secret agreement with any party or politician during my 20 years in politics, in 10 of which I was president. All the agreements I made were made publicly,” Basescu emphasized.

Adriana Saftoiu published her memoirs in May. The book shows Traian Basescu in less than flattering aspects and offers some behind-the-scenes details from the time she was the president’s advisor. In reply to this book, Traian Basescu claimed at the time that Adriana Saftoiu broke the rules of European diplomacy when she “made up” talks with foreign officials.

“The fact that an advisor was given the honour of being included in the Romanian President’s official delegation that took part in talks with the Italian Premier does not give the advisor the right to reveal the content of the talks, and least of all to make them up. (…) The advisor’s gesture is unprecedented in European diplomacy. I am sure many chancelleries are now verifying the structure of the delegations with which I attended official meetings in 2005-2007 and all are hoping that Saftoiu’s name is not there,” the former president wrote on Facebook, while dismissing other aspects included in the book too, including the ones concerning his special relationship with Elena Udrea.

“I point out that no advisor was ever allowed to break the procedure for gaining access to the Romanian President’s office. And so how could Elena Udrea be surprised in informal aspects?” the comment posted by Traian Basescu back then reads.

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