A new name has been circulating to take over the seat of Foreign minister after the resignation of minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu on Monday. It is Theodor Paleologu, Romania’s Ambassador to Denmark, whom sources within the Liberal Party leadership called the closest to an “ideal minister” as a young, well known person with an untainted past.

The sam sources say that for the moment the only thing preventing his nomination is his own refusal to be named as head of the Ministry. A career diplomat, the son of reputed Romanian writer Alexandru Paleologu is said to have rejected the offer. But Liberals say they might convince him to change his mind next week.

Paleologu, 33, is married and a father of one.

Other names circulated for the seat are Liberal politicians or Foreign Ministry officials Adrian Cioroianu, Cristian David, Teodor Melescanu and Mihai Lupoi.

Minister Ungureanu was forced to resign for failing to inform PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu on the situation of two Romanian workers who had been retained under suspicion of espionage in Iraq last autumn. The two were released last week and returned to Romania yesterday.