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President Basescu says Romania not to recognize Kosovo independence

de V.O.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 18 februarie 2008, 19:23 English | Top News

Traian Basescu pleaca la summit-ul Mediteranei
Foto: Rompres
Romanian President Traian Basescu said following talks with parliamentary party leaders on Monday that Romania would not recognize the independence of Kosovo. He said Romania has kept a constant position on the issue. According to Basescu, Romania would withdraw its diplomatic mission to Pristina, the capital of the self-proclaimed Kosovo republic. As far as what will happen to the Romanian gendarmes who ar part of the UN mission to Kosovo, they will remain in the territory, according to Basescu.

He also said that Romanian authorities remained silent on the issue so far because it was so agreed with the other EU member states.

Romanian President Traian Basescu on Monday invited all parliamentary party leaders for talks on Kosovo's declaration of independence. Basescu said at at the beginning of the meeting that the unilateral declaration of independence in Kosovo was an act seen by Romania as "illegal". The meeting was attended by PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

The talks were attended by the leaders of all parliamentary parties, including those of national minorities. They come as a Hungarian Democrats (UDMR) leader has urged Romanian officials to acknowledge the new proclaimed state in the Balkans. In response, opposition party leaders have summoned the government to dismiss all Hungarian Democrats representatives holding public offices in the government.

Later on Monday, the two chambers of the Romanian Parliament are due to meet to discuss the issue. PM Tariceanu has yet to make an official stand on Kosovo.

Corneliu Vadim Tudor, leader of the far-right Greater Romania Party (PRM), urged the prime minister to immediately remove from the government the "illegal, separatist and terrorist organization UDMR", considering it was pushing for "territorial segregation".

The small but influential Conservative Party said that the independence of Kosovo was a dangerous precedent and showed Romania has been having good relations with Serbia for years and that Romania wanted to maintain stability and security in the area.

The deputy president of the governing Liberal party (PNL) Crin Antonescu said for his part that his party was considering issues calmly and reasonably and that "there is and cannot be any comparison or precedent that would affect Romania in one way or another. We must not forget Romania is a EU and NATO member state and that was a fundamental premise that allows us to be more calm".

But the president of the opposition Democratic-Liberal party (PD-L) Emil Boc said the "duplicity of UDMR" must come to an end as the ethnic Hungarian party could not simultaneously support the position of Romania as a governmental party and support the independence of Kosovo.












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