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UPDATE: Romanian President Traian Basescu's new head of protocol Valeriu Arteni, a communist-era diplomat, dismissed after half a day in office

de A.C.
Joi, 24 aprilie 2008, 14:16 English | Politics

Romania President Traian Basescu named a new head of presidential protocol - Valeriu Arteni, a former ambassador to South Korea. In the communist 1970's, Arteni was Romania's Ambassador to Vietnam and Pakistan. Romanian media informs that Arteni was co-opted by the structures of communist-era secret police, the Securitate, while in college and pursued his university studies at Hanoi University.

UPDATE: Only hours after naming him head of presidential protocol, Traian Basescu decided to dismiss Arteni from his new office.

In an interview, Arteni had confessed that he left in a cultural exchange program and that he truly believed in the noble ideals of that time. 

Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) general Octavian Harseu declared in a 2006 interview that in 1972 he recommended Arteni to be sent to Hanoi for his studies. After finishing his studies, Arteni was hired as a diplomat in the Romanian embassy there and soon afterwards, he became ambassador.

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