President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday that a decision regarding the relocation of Romania’s Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would cancel any chance for our country to be voted as a non-permanent member in the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
“I will be perfectly blunt. Such a decision would instantaneously cancel any chance of Romania to be voted as a nonpermanent member in the United Nations Security Council, not only now, but also in the future,” Iohannis stated after the meeting he had at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace with President of the United Nations General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak.
He mentioned that, so far, he hasn’t received any information from the Government regarding the stage of the assessment on this topic.
“I know that an assessment process has started at the Government. The decision is not with the Government, as you probably remember, but if they want to make an assessment they can do it, but I haven’t received any information yet regarding the stage of this assessment,” the head of state concluded.
In his turn, President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak underscored that the decision to move or not the Embassy in Israel is the right of the member states, however, he brought to mind that there are resolutions according to which the status of Jerusalem should be negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and it must be observed by all the member states of the United Nations.
“As the President of the General Assembly I have no right to comment on this. However, I want to underscore two things. Firstly, we have a series of resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and the Security Council dealing with this topic and I would like to remind you that these resolutions actually form the part of international law. The resolutions say that say the status of Jerusalem must be negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and it must result from these negotiations, and it should be observed by all the member states of the United Nations,” Miroslav Lajcak stated.
He said that this issue has been discussed in the special session of the General Assembly of the UN, in December 2017, when 128 member states voted in favor of supporting these principle and only 8 voted against.
“This is how the international community sees this issue regarding the status of Jerusalem,” Miroslav Lajcak mentioned.
President Iohannis: Respect for international law – a long-standing constant we want to build our policy on
Romania’s head of state stressed during the meeting with President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak that respect for international law has been and stays a constant Romania wants to build its policy upon.
“On the occasion of the meeting I voiced Romania’s firm commitment to supporting global order based on regulations and principles and emphasized that respect for international law has been and stays a constant we want to build our policy upon,” said the head of the state after the meeting at the Cotroceni Palace Palace with Miroslav Lajcak.
Iohannis said the talks envisaged Romania’s upcoming Presidency of the Council of the EU, regional developments and security in the Black Sea region.
UN GA President Lajcak: Romania seen as active and respected member in our family
President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak also declared on Tuesday that Romania is seen as a very active and respected member in the family of the United Nations.
“Romania is seen as a very active and respected member in our family for its peacekeeping activities, it is one of the top contributors in maintaining peace,” the UN official said, after the meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
PM Dancila meets UN General Assembly President Lajcak, underscores importance of implementing 2030 Agenda
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met on Tuesday with President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak, who is paying an official visit to Romania, context in which the Romanian PM showed that the success of implementing the 2030 Agenda will contribute to the construction of a balanced society, based on inclusive principles, with the main purpose of ensuring sustainable development and significantly improving the living standard of all citizens.
According to a release of the Government, the two high officials exchanged opinions over some topical issues included on the agenda of the UN General Assembly, the most important and representative multilateral forum.
“Prime Minister Viorica Dancila referred to Romania’s institutional and operational framework for enforcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a global development action programme that promotes the balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The head of the Executive showed that the success of the 2030 Agenda implementation will contribute to the construction of a balanced society, based on inclusive principles, with the main goal of ensuring sustainable development and the significant improvement of living standards for all citizens,” the release informs.
The quoted source mentions that also discussed was the impact of climate changes, an immediate global challenge with long-term implications for the development and security of all the regions around the world, that needs a responsible approach and concrete actions at the UN level.
“The President of the United Nations General Assembly commended Romania for the presentation, scheduled to take place in July 2018, of the National Volunteer Report regarding the stage of implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Furthermore, he evoked the reform measures which he endorses at the Organisation level, in order to streamline its role in identifying some collective solutions with an impact over development, but also to respond to common security challenges,” the release mentions.
Moreover, the PM reiterated Romania’s firm commitment for multilateralism, a dimension in which the UN hold the central role, and guaranteed that this approach will be also endorsed when holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019.