Palace of Parliament hosts conference launching the promotion campaign of Romania’s candidacy for a seat of non-permanent member in the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 mandate

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ForMin, IntMin and Presidential Advisor reason Romania’s bid as non-permanent member in UN Security Council

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Interior Minister Carmen Dan and Presidential Advisor Bodgan Aurescu highlighted on Tuesday Romania’s assets, during the conference on launching the promotion campaign of Romania’s bid for a non-permanent member seat in the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.

“With a network of over 150 embassies and consulates worldwide, I believe we have the capacity to act efficiently and rise to the hight of the obligations incumbent on us in exerting the mandate in the Security Council. Romania is fully prepared to take on these responsibilities and asks for the confidence of the other UN member states by granting the vote in the upcoming elections of June 2019. (…) I assure you that our mandate at the UN Security Council will be pragmatic and result-oriented,” Melescanu pointed out.

He mentioned that, beyond the candidacy matter, it is important that in this period a debated be launched in respect to the UN relevance to the current security environment and the role of multilateral diplomacy. Melescanu brought to mind that the campaign for promoting Romania’s candidacy to the Security Council was officially launched at the UN headquarters on June 2.

“I had a series of meetings with UN high officials, starting with the Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on the topical issues on the organization agenda, as well as with permanent representatives of various states to the UN and with the geopolitical regional groups, aimed at obtaining support for our candidacy. In the interval left until the elections, Romania must further promote an active conduct in the international organisations and in the multilateral debates, showing continuity in its expertise areas, as well as currentness of debated topics. Among these I would briefly bring to mind: the post-conflict stability and reconstruction, the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, education for peace, migration, sustainable development, eradication of poverty, climate changes,” the Foreign Minister said.

Melescanu underscored that achieving this goal cannot be done but by “conjugating the efforts of all segments of the Romanian society,” be them state institutions, political figures, the civil society, the academic environment or mass media.

“The mission Romania is planning on assuming under a new mandate of non-permanent member of the Security Council can be resumed in the words of great Romanian diplomat Nicolae Titulescu: ‘Romania has always supported collective security, indivisible peace and solving all differences by peaceful means.’ These were the coordinates Romania’s foreign policy and foreign action have followed and continue to follow,” he said.

Interior Minister Carmen Dan said that this candidacy of Romania represents “an ambitious, but fully attainable goal.”

“I believe that Romania has proved it is a professional, fair and stable partner. (…) To obtain a new mandate within the UN Security Council, all public order and national security responsibly contribute. I am positive that the experience gathered during the other previous four mandates will significantly weigh in making the decision,” she said.

Dan also pointed out that for 19 years, the Interior Ministry (MAI) has been successfully participated in peace-keeping missions under the UN, NATO, EU or OSCE aegis.

“Since 2016, from among all EU member states, Romania through MAI has each month ranked first in terms of number of participants in UN missions with police component. A number of 27 MAI employees hold visible and of great responsibility offices within the UN missions, and an officer with the Romanian Gendarmerie is the EUROGENDFOR headquarters commander. MAI also takes pride, for instance, in having the best police woman on an international level, a distinction awarded by a UN association,” Carmen Dan pointed out.

Presidential Advisor Bogdan Aurescu stressed that the UN represents in the first place “a system of values,” highlighting in this respect the importance of observing international law.

“The respect for international law has been and remains one of the essential constant factors of Romania’s foreign policy, is part of the essential core of foreign policy. We find this constant element in all foreign policy chapters in the governance programmes of all Romania’s Governments. (…) A former UN secretary general said that the UN wasn’t created to take us to heaven, but to shelter us from hell. It is a truth that conveys the fact that, ultimately, the organization is, of course, a perfectible system, but without which today we would have been in a much worse place on this planet,” he said.

 

Senate President Tariceanu: We are supporters of more efficient, transparent and representative UN Security Council

 

Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Tuesday, on occasion of launching the campaign promoting Romania’s candidacy to a seat of non-permanent member in the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 mandate, said that Romania is ready to actively contribute with its experience and capacities to ensure the UN system efficiency.

“At present, the UN mechanisms are confronted with new challenges in areas where international cooperation and efficient multilateral intervention are essential. Romania is ready to actively contribute with its experience and capacities to ensure the UN system efficiency. We are supporters of a more efficient, more transparent and more representative Security Council, capable to respond to the concerns of all UN member states. The key-word of Romania’s candidacy is a long-term commitment in favour of peace, justice and development. This motto resumes the three main action areas of the UN and highlights both the experience gathered by our country, (…) and the awareness of the obligations we’ll be taking up as Security Council member,” Tariceanu underscored at the campaign launching conference, hosted by the Palace of Parliament.

According to the Senate President, Romania is the greatest Eastern-European contributor to peace-keeping operations and other types of missions of the UN in terms of staff.

He added that, in the area of international law, Romania always has supported and promoted the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, equality among states, peaceful solving of disputes, together with the observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Calin Popescu-Tariceanu highlighted that achieving this national goal of foreign policy will allow Romania “the direct involvement in approaching the most stringent problems on the current global agenda.”

In his opinion, after Romania’s accession to the EU and NATO, consolidating Romania’s profile on a multilateral level is and must remain a priority of foreign policy.

In the context of the Great Union Centennial and taking over in 2019 the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, a new mandate of Romania to the UN Security Council would represent “the crowning of a historic cycle in which Romania has transformed and has become, among democracies, ready to assume the obligations incumbent on it on a superior level” as an international player, Tariceanu pointed out.

 

Chamber Speaker, on Romania’s bid for Security Council: We mustn’t wait 20 years for this chance

 

Romania can prove now it is one of the mature, balanced and efficient members of the international community, was the message of Deputies’ Chamber Speaker Liviu Dragnea sent on occasion of launching the promotion campaign of Romania’s candidacy for a seat of non-permanent member in the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 mandate.

“In 2019, after the completion of the EU Council presidency, Romania will already be an experienced country in the EU. Our entire expertise, gathered including in the period of exerting the EU leadership, we can use it in successfully achieving the goals of the UN Security Council. We are in a stage when we look at these things as being not only what we want to do, but also what we can do. We mustn’t expect 20 more years for this chance. We can prove now that we are one of the mature, balanced and efficient members of the international community. Before everything, we must promote Romania’s candidacy by the book,” was Dragnea’s message sent by Carmen Mihailescu, Deputies’ Chamber Vice President.

Dragnea said that the European status, the strategic partnership with the US and the economic development of late must make out of Romania “an increasingly more present, more influential player” on the international scene.

He showed that the Romanian legislature is guided by values such as peace and security, combating climate changes, the rule of law, promoting women’s rights. Moreover, Dragnea presented the contribution of the Romanian Parliament to international events devoted to promoting these goals.

“In perspective Romania’s Parliament will be turned into a regional focal point for the inter-parliamentary union. Let us not forget that this international organisation grants a special attention to implementing the UN objectives and monitoring its bodies, that it gathers all world parliaments and has a special status with the UN General Assembly,” Dragnea pointed out.

He underscored that promoting Romania’s candidacy is of “national importance” and cannot be achieved in the absence of a “true and comprehensive” public debate.