Romania remains committed to the efforts of the United Nations for the keeping of international peace and security, taking part in ten such ongoing operations under the UN aegis, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Wednesday in a speech delivered on behalf of Romania to a plenary meeting of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.
“My country remains committed to the efforts of the United Nations in keeping international peace and security. Romania has been a contributor to UN peace keeping missions for a long time. Currently, Romanian military and police forces are taking part in ten ongoing UN peace-keeping missions and two special political missions. Peace and security could not endure as long as there is a persistent potential threat of weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons proliferation. Romania is currently holding the chairmanship of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Romania has firmly condemned the nuclear tests conducted this year by the Democratic Republic of Korea,”said Ciolos.
He also voiced worries over the security situation in Romania’s neighbourhood deteriorating, mentioning to the point violations of international law and illegal land annexation.
“The latest developments in eastern and southern parts of Europe over the past two years have revealed complex security challenges in my country’s neighbourhood. They generate regress as far as prospects for sustainable development are concerned. The frozen conflicts around the Black Sea zone are a permanent and grave threat against stability in the region and outside it. Such conflicts postpone prospects for prosperity and observance of international law principles and rules. We are deeply worried about the use of hybrid war tactics and illegal land annexation,” said Ciolos.
He also warned that heightening instability in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, “is a major source of terrorism proliferation, massive movements of migrants and risk of instability in the region and the entire world alike.”
“We have to encourage reconciliation in the countries ravaged by instability, by creating policies designed to promote bridges among communities and secure proper inclusion and representation,” said Ciolos.
He added that certain terror groups cannot be fought against by military action alone, as reducing the sway they have on their followers, especially young people, is also needed.
“We have to address first and foremost the main causes that have allowed such groups to expand. Preventing radicalisation is a key element, with action to be focused on the social and economic circumstances of the people in the communities that are most prone to radicalisation and recruitment. More efficient instruments are required for communication and education,” said Ciolos, adding that Romania and Spain have come up with a suggestion for the establishment of an international court against terrorism.
Ciolos said Romania will continue to earmark significant political, diplomatic, human and financial resources for regional and global stability, mentioning that Romania is running for a new non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for 2020-2012.
“I strongly believe that Romania’s solid experiences with building bridges and confidence involving all eth UN member states will be a valuable contribution to the activity of the UN Security Council,” said Ciolos.
Romania has not made any additional commitment to refugee issue
Romania has not made any commitment in addition to what it has pledged to do in relation with the refugee issue, Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Wednesday after one day previously he attended a summit on refugees held by the US.
“I want to be perfectly clear: Romania has not made any other commitment in addition to what it has pledged to do in Europe; what I presented at yesterday’s event was Romania’s contribution to the allocation of refugees in Europe on voluntary bases, the figures Romanian has already pledged to follow,” Ciolos told journalists at the headquarters of Romania’s Permanent Mission to the UN.
He added that at Tuesday’s event he introduced Romania’s involvement, with human material resources, in solving the problems at the root of the ongoing migrations.
Tens of countries backing up Romania’s bid for non-permanent seat at UN Security Council
Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Wednesday that there are tens of countries supporting Romania’s bid for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
“This is a matter that I approached an I am approaching systematically at each bilateral meeting I had and will have. There are a dozen of countries having confirmed support for the bid, but there is still work to do,’ Ciolos told a news conference.
Romania is running for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 in the elections to be held in 2019 in New York City. It submitted its bod in late 2006, one year after ending its previous tenure in 2004-2005. Also running for the seat accorded to the Eastern-European Group is Estonia.
Intense agenda of bilateral meetings
Meeting with President of UN General Assembly Peter Thompson
Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thompson discussed in New York on Wednesday the implementation of the Global Development Goals in the UN Agenda 2023.
Official sources told Agerpres that Ciolos underscored at the meeting the need for integrated, trans-sectorial solutions that will combine, for instance, polices for poverty alleviation and policies for trade, industrial and agricultural policies, energy policies and the fight against climate change.
Also discussed were the latest development in the Balkans and the Eastern neighbourhood of the European Union, with Ciolos unveiling Romania’s bid for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2020-2021.
Romania’s PM meets leaders of US Jewish communities in New York
In New York City on Wednesday, Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos met leaders of US Jewish communities to discuss how they can support the consolidation of Romania’s partnerships with the US and Israel.
“This morning, I met leaders of US Jewish communities to discuss the strategic partnership between the US and Romania and between Israel and Romania as well as ways in which the US Jewish community can contribute to the strengthening of the two partnerships. In a very applied and pragmatic manner, I also discussed Romania’s interest in boosting US investment in Romania as well as Romanian exports to the US, meaning economic partnerships with both the US and Israel,” Ciolos told journalists at the headquarters of Romania’s Permanent Mission to the UN.
Romania’s PM Ciolos, Canada’s Trudeau reconfirm Canada’s intention to support Black Sea multinational brigade
Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Wednesday that in his conversation with Canada’s Premier Justin Trudeau Canada’s support for the establishment of a Black Sea multinational brigade was reaffirmed.
Asked whether he discussed with Trudeau the numbers of Canadian troops to be contributed to the brigade, Ciolos said, “We have not gone into details because that is a matter to be discussed by the defence ministers; I and Premier Trudeau, we just reconfirmed Canada’s intention to support Romania in these demarches for the multinational brigade and probably with case-by-case presence in military training exercises in the Black Sea.”
According to the Romanian Government, Ciolos and Trudeau on Tuesday also discussed lifting visa requirements for Romanian nationals travelling to Canada and Canada’s contributions to making operational the decisions of the Warsaw NATO Summit related to the strengthening of the eastern flank of NATO, particularly the Black Sea zone.
Travel visas for Canada to receive concrete answer within weeks
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday announced that within weeks there will be “a more concrete answer” from Canada on the terms in which the travel visas for the Romanian citizens will be lifted.
“I had a brief, yet concise and productive bilateral meeting with the Canadian Premier, Justin Trudeau. After the meeting we’ve had in Ottawa, I wanted to see how the preparations for the visas’ cancellation progress – the short, tourist trips for the Romanians who wish to travel to Canada. I’m optimistic with the information I have received from Premier Trudeau. I believe that within a few weeks we shall have a more concrete answer about the way and terms things will happen in this respect,” said Dacian Ciolos at the headquarters of the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN.
Ciolos tells Palestine’s Abbas Romania supports resumption of Israel-Palestine peace talks
Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos told Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas that Romania is supportive of resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, according to official sources.
Ciolos and Abbas on Wednesday had a bilateral meeting on the side-lines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City.
The sources told Agerpres that at the meeting, the two officials reviewed the latest developments in bilateral relations and cooperation, with both of them reconfirming a shared wish to further develop and intensify cooperation.
At the same time, the importance to this end of the Romanian-Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee to convene in Ramallah mid-November was highlighted.
Ciolos is said to have reiterated Romania’s support for assistance projects to Palestine, which is reflected in scholarships and classes for the training of diplomatic and consular staff as well as the areas of healthcare, education, research and agriculture.
Also discussed at the meeting were the latest developments in the Middle East, with emphasis on international efforts for the resumption of dialogue in the peace process.