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Romanian NGOs ask Foreign minister's resignation over ''disciplinary camp'' statement

Luni, 5 noiembrie 2007, 0:00

Romanian Foreign Minister Cioroianu
Photo: Rompres

Nine Romanian non-governmental organizations sent an open letter to Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Monday demanding the resignation of the Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu.

The reaction of the civil society organizations comes after Cioroianu said in a TV show that those committing crimes in Italy should be sent in disciplinary camps in Egypt.

Foreign minister Cioroianu said on Monday that the statement was not relevant for his opinion and that he made it as a "human" reaction to recent events in Italy.

The killing of an Italian woman by an Romanian immigrant sparked a wave of anti-Romanian rhetoric in Italy starting last week.

The NGOs find the behavior of the minister inappropriate and in breach of borth the Romanian and European law.

Among the signing NGOs are the Press Monitoring Agency, Public Policy Institute and ACCEPT Association.

In a press release remitted to the letter asks for the minister’s resignation in respect to the national and European laws.

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