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State Secretary Raed Arafat: Taking to the street, not a solution; there is open dialogue on control report

Secretary of State with the Ministry of Internal Affairs Raed Arafat believes that people taking to the street to voice their support for the emergency response system is not a solution, saying that the control report on the intervention in the Colectiv club fire that broke out on October 30, 2015 is currently subject to an open dialogue.

“I have seen on Facebook and on various Internet pages calls for people to take to the street on Saturday / Sunday to voice support for the emergency system and for myself. In the first place, it is an honour for me to see that there are many who believe in what I do, together with my colleagues, and voice their support for the activity of the emergency services. On the other hand, I believe that taking to the street is not the solution, given that there is an open dialogue on the control report, and next week we shall also have a meeting with the prime minister on this topic,” Raed Arafat wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

He added that he doesn’t want anyone to use a possible support meeting “to launch insults” and vent anger at politicians.

“At the same time, I wouldn’t want anyone to take advantage of this situation to launch insults and profanities of a political nature and unfairly use for other purposes a possible event with the participation of people who really believe in the emergency system and in those who work in this system. I hope my message reaches you and I thank you again for your support. I hope next week will bring more clarifications and a wise and positive approach meant to lead to the further development of the integrated emergency system for the population’s benefit,” Arafat pointed out.

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos stated on Tuesday that at the moment he does not consider dismissing Raed Arafat, State Secretary with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and that he wants the emergency system to perform better.

“I want to see how we can improve the system, because it is not a matter of one individual, it is about a system, of the way it performs. I asked the Control Body to also have clarification talks with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and with the Ministry of Health, to see what extra data we have on top of the conclusions of the Control Body and, most likely, next week I will discuss with everybody to see what measures to improve the system we can take for the upcoming period,” Ciolos said.

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