Romanian newspapers on Monday read about the international reaction to a recent statement made by Foreign Affairs Minister Adrian Cioroianu, that Rroma criminals of Romanian citizenship should be sent to disciplinary camps in the Egyptian desert. One newspaper reads about the Romanian imported goods, most appreciated by Egyptians.
And another newspaper reads about Republic of Moldova president Vladimir Voronin and his radical views about Romania.
Vladimir Voronin, President of the Republic of Moldova talks for Evenimentul Zilei about his dissatisfaction about Romania’s interference with the Moldovan society. Voronin discloses his views about Romania’s policies regarding his country.
He argues that Romanians pay Moldavian journalists to influence the societal trend. Moreover, Voronin accuses that journalists are not the only ones to be loyal to others, but there are also politicians or scholars that “fell into the hands of Romanian officials”.
Voronin says that Romania’s attitude towards Moldova is nationalist and hinders Moldova’s own future development.
Even if scholars in Moldova argue that the Moldovan language is actually Romanian, Voronin declares that in a referendum, the majority of the population declared itself Moldovan, not Romanian.
As he abides the will of the people, Voronin plans to lead his country into the European structures. He says that Romania’s officials aid Republic of Moldova and act as his ambassadors.
However, Romanian officials recently declared that even if they supported Moldova, they would not accept recognition of the Moldovan language at a European level. On this issue, Voronin argues that this problem does not matter for Moldova since it is the European officials' opinion that counts.
Elsewhere in the news today, Cotidianul reads that Romania’s Foreign Minister, Adrian Cioroianu is highly criticized internationally and his resignation is called for after his recent statements that Rroma (Gypsy) criminals of Romanian origin should be sent to disciplinary camps in the Egyptian desert.
Cioroianu made the statements after one Rroma man with Romanian citizenship was accused of killing an Italian woman in Italy in late October. He later said he regretted the statement.
In an official letter, the Simon Wiesenthal Center urges Romania’s PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu to take a stand against the xenophobic statement of his minister. The letter, according to a representative of the Romanian opposition, Cristian Diaconescu, is also supported by EC President Jose Manuel Barroso and the President of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the most influential bodies of its kind, with some 800,000 members and holds offices in all major cities like Paris of New York. The NGO fights actively against anti-Semitism and in human rights protection.
From a different perspective, Adevarul reads that Egyptians enjoy Romanian made products, from cosmetics to agricultural machines. Some 300,000 Romanians living in Egypt conduct their own businesses in Egypt, a country just visited by Cioroianu when he made the controversial statement.
The newspaper, owned by a businessman well-known for his connections with the Liberal government Cioroianu is a member of, reads that Romania is trying to relaunch its economic and political relations with a country seen as Romania's "bridge" to the Middle East.