DIPLOMACY

Foreign Minister on George Maior: Only thing I can do is assess his activity as chief of mission, not the circumstances concerning his prior activity. Activity of all embassies will be assessed

Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu stated on Saturday that he received Premier Viorica Dancila’s official letter asking him to start the assessment of ambassadors, pointing out that “there is no list of ambassadors, not the first, nor the second,” and that the assessment will concern the way the activities took place within the diplomatic offices. Asked on Antena3 whether recalling George Maior would be justified, Melescanu said the assessment can only concern his diplomatic activity, not “the circumstances that concerned his prior activity.”

Asked whether Romanian Ambassador to the U.S. George Maior is the first on the list to be assessed, the Foreign Minister said that “there is no list of ambassadors, [he is] not the first, nor the second.”

“It’s a request to assess the activity of embassies, and this implicitly also means the activity of the heads of the missions in charge of the diplomatic activity abroad. It’s an issue that takes place annually in Romania, at the end of the year each embassy sends an activity report, in January, and the Prime Minister’s request to carry out a very clear assessment of the way activities took place in the diplomatic offices is based on this, certain conclusions set to be reached after that,” Melescanu said.

Asked what the last assessment on George Maior was and what were its results, Melescanu said he did not see that assessment. “No, I didn’t see this assessment. We are now assessing the year 2017. I can’t tell you the previous assessments because I hadn’t started my mandate. But now we’re carrying out this assessment of absolutely all of Romania’s diplomatic offices, precisely to have a more accurate picture and to adopt the necessary measures to lift the activity at a much higher threshold,” Minister Melescanu said.

Likewise, when asked whether the revelations regarding the SRI’s involvement in the forming of governments and in legal cases would justify the recalling of George Maior, Melescanu said the assessment can only concern Maior’s diplomatic activity.

“In my view, the only thing I can do is assess any person’s activity as chief of mission, not the circumstances concerning their prior activity. The assessment is made strictly on the way the duties of each embassy are carried out,” Melescanu added.

Asked whether Romanian Ambassador to the U.S. George Maior tops the assessment list, the Foreign Minister said that “there is no list of ambassadors, [he is] not the first, nor the second.”

“It’s a request to assess the activity of embassies, and this implicitly also means the activity of the heads of the missions in charge of the diplomatic activity abroad. It’s an issue that takes place annually in Romania, at the end of the year each embassy sends an activity report, in January, and the Prime Minister’s request to carry out a very clear assessment of the way activities took place in the diplomatic offices is based on this, certain conclusions set to be reached after that,” Melescanu said.

Asked what the last assessment on George Maior was and what were its results, Melescanu said he did not see that assessment. “No, I didn’t see this assessment. We are now assessing the year 2017. I can’t tell you the previous assessments because I hadn’t started my mandate. But now we’re carrying out this assessment of absolutely all of Romania’s diplomatic offices, precisely to have a more accurate picture and to adopt the necessary measures to lift the activity at a much higher threshold,” Minister Melescanu said.

Likewise, when asked whether the revelations regarding the SRI’s involvement in the forming of governments and legal cases would justify the recalling of George Maior, Melescanu said the assessment can only concern Maior’s diplomatic activity.

“In my view, the only thing I can do is assess any person’s activity as chief of mission, not the circumstances concerning their prior activity. The assessment is made strictly on the way the duties of each embassy are carried out,” Melescanu added.

 

 

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