“The Great Centennial Assembly”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the union between Bessarabia and Romania, took place on Sunday, in Chisinau, in the presence of tens of thousands of people, being also attended by Romanian politicians like Traian Basescu and Dan Barna. The event started with a folkloric show, followed by the anthems of the Republic of Moldova and Romania; at the end, tens of thousands of participants chanted “Union!!” for a long time.
Basescu: We ask the parliaments in Bucharest and Chisinau to vote for union again in the shortest time
Former President Traian Basescu stated on Sunday, at the “Great Centennial Assembly” in Chisinau, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the union between Bessarabia and Romania, that the parliaments in Bucharest and Chisinau must vote for union in the shortest time.
“We are in the Great National Assembly Square. Many people in Romania don’t know why this square is called the Great National Assembly Square, so we tell them now: this is the place where the Romanians in the Republic of Moldova fought in 1989 for the Romanian language. 300,000 people in the Republic of Moldova asked for the Romanian language to be their state language” Traian Basescu said.
He asked the parliaments of the two countries to vote for the union.
“We are coming here, today, with the second greatest event and ask the parliamentarians from Bucharest and Chisinau to vote for the union again, in the shortest time, in honour of the Centenary of the Union” the former head of state added.
In his speech on Sunday, the former head of state reiterated the statement he made a day ago, according to which we are living “according to the will of Stalin and Hitler, we are living according to the odious Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact”, mentioning that Romanians are the only ones who did not have the strength to remove the consequences of the Pact.
Barna: I believe that Bessarabia’s place, the place of Moldova and Romania, is in the European Union
The leader of the Save Romania Union (USR), who attended on Sunday the “Great Centennial Assembly” in Chisinau, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the union between Bessarabia and Romania, stated that Bessarabia’s place is in the European Union, and “the most powerful engine is hope, trust and love”.
“It’s a special joy. The joy of a nation is based on patriotism. But what is patriotism today? How patriotism can be today? It’s a question that probably all of us are asking, and beyond this sea of flags, and beyond all this incredible enthusiasm that I found here today, I honestly believe that Bessarabia’s place, the place of Moldova and Romania, is in the European Union. I know that the recent years have discouraged you to follow this direction, and I know that it seems a very difficult question now, but actually, in 1914, the idea of the union didn’t even exist theoretically, and after four years, in 1918, the historical miracle took place (…) the most powerful engine is hope and trust, and the love that all of us have by coming here” Dan Barna stated.
Igor Dodon on the ‘Great Centennial Assembly’: An insignificant group of naïve persons and profiteers
Referring to the Centennial Assembly that took place in Chisinau on Sunday, and which was also attended by politicians from Bucharest, Moldovan President Igor Dodan stated that it involved an insignificant group of naïve persons, that unionism will disappear and will remain “a sterile dream that belongs to the past.”
“Even though unionism registered a humiliating defeat today, we must condemn the propagation of this political disease in the Republic of Moldova. Today, law enforcement organs have proven that they can ensure public order, and I thank them for doing their duty, but in the future we expect more initiative in ensuring the country’s constitutional security. The Government must know that it is directly responsible for the disunity that unionists are provoking in Moldovan society. Because of corruption, poverty and despair, people are looking for an alternative, including by adhering to a marginal and radical project such as unionism,” the President of the Republic of Moldova wrote on Facebook.
He claims that, instead of a ‘Great Assembly,’ a commonplace minority protest featuring fiddlers and withered speeches took place.
“Could the current Democratic Government fix things? I have great doubts. During the almost nine years of governance, the euro-unionists have compromised everything that could be compromised, including their pro-European route. Precisely because of these errors on the part of euro-unionists, the unionist current was also stoked. However, I’m certain that after this year’s parliamentarian elections we will have another leadership, pro-Moldovan statehood, patriotic, socially oriented. The future leadership will restore the economy and will offer hope to all citizens. And unionism will be outlawed. Foreign intelligence services will no longer organise diversions against our state here. Today the saying according to which the empty barrel breaks easier was confirmed. That is what unionism also turned out to be – after so many months of propaganda, hysteria and millions invested, only an insignificant group of naïve persons and profiteers gathered in the square, accompanied by some compromised and treasonous political leaders,” Dodon added.
“It’s being confirmed that unionism is a bubble that will burst once the Centennial passes. Unionists have shouted and have scattered, but the Motherland remains. Moldova has a future! And unionism will remain a sterile dream that belongs to the past,” the Moldovan President concluded.
PLDM lawmaker: “Bessarabia wants to join the motherland. Moldovan Parliament should be ashamed”
Currently under house arrest, former mayor Dorin Chirtoaca addressed those present at the event marking 100 years since Bessarabia’s union with Romania, referred to the 2007 moment and asked for Union.
“In 2007, we went to lay wreaths and were arrested. We celebrated the Union under arrest. We built at the train station the monument in the memory of the victims of communist deportations. Union!” Dorin Chirtoaca stated, according to Unimedia.
PLDM lawmaker Maria Ciobanu challenged the Moldovan Parliament’s decision not to organise a solemn meeting.
“Bessarabia wants to join the motherland. The Parliament in Chisinau should be ashamed for not wanting to organise a solemn meeting. Whether they want to or not, our joint ideal will be accomplished,” Maria Ciobanu said.
Proclamation of the Great Centennial Assembly: We are asking the Parliament in Bucharest to adopt on March 27 a decision for the “national reunification by peaceful means of the parliamentary democracy and within the limits of the Romanian Constitution”
The Proclamation of the Great Centennial Assembly held on 25 March 2018 is asking the parliament in Bucharest to adopt, at the solemn session of March 27, a decision for the “national reunification by peaceful means of the parliamentary democracy and within the limits of the Romanian Constitution”. The same text of the proclamation reads that “the governments that have succeeded in power in the Republic of Moldova, since independence until today, aimed only to enrich themselves by impoverishing the population and maintaining it as a prisoner”.
“We are asking the two Parliaments to accept delegations of the Great Centenary of the Union, and we are also asking the Parliament in Bucharest to adopt, at the solemn session on 27 March 2018, a decision implying the “National Reunification by peaceful means of the parliamentary democracy and within the limits of the Romanian Constitution, according to the rules of the international law and of the Helsinki Final Act” reads the text of the Proclamation presented by Unimedia.
According to the same source, “the governments that have succeeded in power in the Republic of Moldova, since independence until today, aimed only to enrich themselves by impoverishing the population and maintaining it as a prisoner, by expelling it abroad to heavy work, by falsifying the historical past and creating illusions for the future, by propaganda and manipulation, in order to keep their positions and the access to the flow of money and benefits”.
The Proclamation also says that following the vote in the Country Council of 1918, in the territory between the Prut River and Nistru River, “there was established a regime that ensured individual security and free social, economic, political and cultural evolution for everybody”, and the legitimacy of the act of the Union between Bessarabia and Romania must be acknowledged as “the only solution for the survival and progress of the Romanians across the Prut River”.
The same source states that it is agreed by the local representatives in Moldova, who voted for the Declaration for the Union with Romania and who received an immediate answer from the cities, counties, educational units, NGOs and from the diaspora in Romania, in order to accelerate the Union process.
Also, the Proclamation condemns “any form of intimidation of the signatories of the Declaration for the Union with Romania, coming from groups of mercenary people who deny the desire of the Moldovan citizens to live in a state of law, a national, powerful, unitary and prosperous state”.
National and ethnic minorities in the Republic of Moldova are urged to support the Union and the right to self-determination of the Moldovan nation is reasserted.
Thus, the Proclamation appreciates that the Centenary Year is appropriate for the Union and advocates the formation of the Motherland, Romania.
Unionists say that following the participation in the public consultation in Chisinau, from April 1 to April 14, the Union will be voted and the Congress of the Reunification of the Nation will be convened in Iasi, on August 24-26. An International Conference will also be organized at the European Parliament on August 24-26.