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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-29

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From: RADOR Press Agency <http://indis.ici.ro/romania/news/rador.html>

July 29, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Emil Constantinescu on a Visit to Turkey
  • [02] President Constantinescu's Statement;
  • [03] A US Presidential Adviser about President Constantinescu's Recent Visit to the US;
  • [04] Romanian Defence Minister on a Two-Day Visit to FYROM;
  • [05] Romanian Foreign Minister to Visit Albania and Macedonia;
  • [06] Reactions to Recent Remarks by Presidential Adviser Zoe Petre Concerning the Setting Up of a Hungarian Language Teaching University;
  • [07] Romanian-Italian Military Cooperation;
  • [08] Romanian Industry and Trade Minister on a Visit to Jiu Valley;
  • [09] General Strike in Transports Expected.

  • [01] President Emil Constantinescu on a visit to Turkey

    After the meeting between Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and his Romanian counterpart Emil Constantinescu on Tuesday, the Turkish president told a press conference that previous agreements between the two countries were about to show their first results as the Turkish-Romanian cooperation on political, cultural and defence matters was extremely good. Supporting his statement, Mr Demirel mentioned the 700 million dollar Turkish businesses in Romania and the 500 million dollar Turkish investments, and more, he said that trade and business between Turkey and Romania might hit 1 billion dollars by the end of the year. In his turn, President Constantinescu said that Romanian-Turkish relations were an example for the countries in the region as all economic, diplomatic and political initiatives had now concrete results. The Romanian president then reviwed the main topics under discussion between the two sides: nuclear cooperation, oil processing, developing railway facilities, cooperation on third markets in Central Asia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Turkey has reiterated its support for Romania's NATO integration and expressed its concern about recent tensions in the Yugoslav Kosovo province. The Government in Ankara has asked for a multinational peace-keeping force in the Balkans and the officials in Bucharest shared the idea. RADOR

    [02] President Constantinescu's statement

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has returned from Turkey yesterday around midnight. While still at the airport, the Romanian president told journalists that his visit focused mainly on issues concerning the economic cooperation between the two countries and expressed the hope that the Romania-Turkish economic trade would hit 1 billion dollar by the end of the year. Referring to the Kosovo crisis, the president said that both Romania and Turkey shared similar opinions over the matter. Romania supports the Turkish initiative of delivering humanitarian aid for the people in the conflict areas, the president added. RADOR

    [03] A US presidential adviser about President Constantinescu's recent visit to the US

    "The visit of the Romanian head of state to Washington have secured the existing good relations already established last June when President Clinton came to Bucharest. After their recent talks, the relations between the two presidents became even more friendly and led to a better undersanding and agreement on matters of regional interest and on the steps Romania had to make towards its Euro-Atlantic integration", US Presidential Security Councellor Stephen Flanagan said in an interview. He mentioned that President Constantinescu's speech before the US Congress has been "very impressive". "President Constantinescu said Romania was making big efforts to prove it was a viable NATO candidate", Mr Flanagan said but he stopped however short of mentioning any date for the event. RADOR

    [04] Romanian defence minister on a two-day visit to FYROM

    While on a two-day visit to FYROM, Romanian Defence Minister Victor Babiuc has signed on Tuesday a military cooperation agreement along with his Macedonian counterpart Lazar Kitanovski. According to the same source, the Romanian minister said after the ceremony that "the two countries expressed their will to cooperate" as "we both share similar interests. Our talks were an opportunity to review the fields our cooperation might concentrate and, in this respect, we discussed issues concerning recent developments in the region, and the Kosovo crisis in the first place". The Romanian minister pointed out that cooperation between the two ministries should continue and extend to other levels according to recent developments in the region. "Romania and Macedonia are real pillars of stability in South-East Europe, they are going the same positive way and other states in the region may follow their example", Macedonian Defence Minister Lazar Kitanovski admitted. RADOR

    The Romanian defence minister met Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov on Tuesday. The Macedonian president has expressed his support for developing relation between the two countries while mentioning the historical tradition and the Macedo-Romanian community in Macedonia. As the situation in Kosovo seems still tense, the Romanian and Macedonian ministers disagree with the Western attitude of wating for things to happen. On the contrary, the two ministers believe that the situation may grow even serious unless a solution is found. Mr Babiuc said that, as long as the Western states were still waiting, Yugoslavia's neighbouring countries had "nothing much left to do". RADOR

    [05] Romanian foreign minister to visit Albania and Macedonia

    Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu is expected to pay a two-day visit to Albania and Macedonia between July 29-30. The agenda of the visit includes meetings with Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani and Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov as well as meetings with the prime ministers and the foreign ministers of both Albania and Macedonia. According to a communique issued in Bucharest, the talks will focus mainly on recent developments in the Kosovo-Metohija crisis. RADOR

    [06] Reactions to recent remarkss by presidential adviser Zoe Petre concerning the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching university

    Presidential adviser Zoe Petre has attended the seminar in Tusnad on "National State, Political Nation and National Policy". During the talks over the issue concerning the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching university, Mrs Petre said that "as long as the Hungarian minority's demand was persistently made, the answer to it might eliminate some of the aggressive speeches". The position is quite ambiguous as it is seemingly rather supporting the setting up of a Hungarian university while, at the same time, warning about attempts of both Romanian and Hungarian hard-line rhetoric to keep up. Mrs Petre's intervention has angered all the nationalist parties such as the Greater Romania Party (PRM), the Romanians' Unity Party (PUNR), the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) and the Alliance for Romania Party (ApR). They have all accused Mrs Petre of exceeding responsibilities and some of them even called for her resignation while two Romanian daily newspapers - "Adevarul" and "Cotidianul" - launched fierceful attacks against the presidential adviser. When asked if she believed the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching university was possible, Mrs Zoe Petre replied: "I don't see why not. I know there are opinions for and against that idea, but we must see if the opinions against it are enough evidence to oppose the will of people representing 7% of Romania's population". RADOR

    [07] Romanian-Italian military cooperation

    A military delegation of the Romanian Army's General Staff of Land Troops is to visit the Artillery School at Bresciano, Italy, between July 29 - August 3. According to a Romanian National Defence Ministry (MApN) communique, the Romanian and Italian officers are expected to share some of their experience in training exercises including artillery shooting during a fight. RADOR

    [08] Romanian industry and trade minister on a visit to Jiu Valley

    While visiting the Copper Autonomous Utility in Deva on Tuesday, Romanian Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu had talks with trade union leaders and management representatives on issues concerning the restructuring of the institution and ways of turning it into a national company. Mr Berceanu said the law on special areas was withdrawn from parliament and an ordinance on the issue is expected to operate during the summertime and allow an accurate picture of the disfavoured areas in the country, mainly the mining areas. Minister Berceanu then went to the mining branch of Brad for similar talks with trade unionists down there. RADOR

    [09] General strike in transports expected

    After the breakdown of negotiations on Monday between government officials and transport trade unionists, the trade union leaders have warned that the National College of Transporters might decide a general strike on August 4 - the biggest since 1990 - unless another round of negotiations would take place this week in order to discuss the trade unionists' demands. The strike is expected to start simultaneously and it may include all workers in air, water and land transports. The METROREX trade unionists demand a new contract recognising professional diseases while those of the SNCFR (the Romanian Railways) demand indexations which the transport minister and the SNCFR executives claim as impossible. RADOR
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