President Basescu: Excellent conclusions of the EC on Georgia

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Romanian President Traian Basescu said on Monday, after an extraordinary meeting of the European Council devoted to the current situation in Georgia, that very good conclusions were reached, which proves the solidarity of the European Union.
According to the Romanian head of state, the conclusions were essential and the strongest signal coming from the EU.
 
Basescu said that the Georgian crisis is the most serious in the past 18 years in the relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation, and the conclusions of the European Council cover Romania's stance on the issue as well.
 
According to President Basescu, the conclusions indicate, among other things, a disproportionate reaction of Russia and firmly condemn Russia's decision to unilaterally recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
 
'The European Council requests that the solution for Ossetia and Abkhazia takes into account the principles governing the civilized world, that is the principles of independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of national borders. At the same time, it asks in its conclusions that the UN Security Council resolutions on this matter be also taken into account. There are approximately 30 resolutions for Georgia, all of which consolidate the idea of this country's territorial integrity, which vanished overnight,' said Basescu.
 
The conclusions also say that that all European States have the right freely to determinetheir foreign policy and their alliances, and in the time immediately ahead the EU should take measures to strengthen regional cooperation in the Black Sea, Basescu added.
 
According to the Romanian head of state, the conclusions ask for a full implementation of the cease-fire agreement mediated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy between the Russian Federation and Georgia.
 
Basescu mentioned that these conclusions say the European Union considers that it is more necessary than ever to support regional cooperation and step up its relations with its eastern neighbours, in particular through its neighbourhood policy, the development of the 'Black Sea Synergy' initiative and an 'Eastern Partnership.'
 
'The conclusions recognise the impact of the ongoing crisis on the entire region, and this is highly important, because the document submitted by Romania reveals just that and comes up with solutions,' said Basescu.
 
He mentioned that the European Council decide to appoint an EU representative for Georgia, and the final document of the meeting recognises that because of the crisis in Georgia relations between the EU and Russia have reached a crossroads.
 
Basescu also said a solution was adopted to postpone negotiations over a new EU-Russia partnership, until the Russian troops have withdrawn to the positions held prior to August 7, 2008.
 
At the same time, the Romanian head of state said the European Union's General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) should also look into alternatives for supplying energy to the EU.
 
President Basescu pointed out that at the extraordinary meeting, French President Sarkozy assured that Moldova will be a distinct point on the agenda of the European Summit of this October.
 
'This is an extraordinary thing. Our task is to continue dialogue with Moldova and see what its aspirations are at a debate in the European Council about Moldova,' said Basescu.
 
President Basescu on Monday attended an extraordinary European Council meeting in Brussels called by the EU French Presidency in office to discuss the crisis in Georgia.
 
Also attending the meeting on behalf of Romania were Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu.
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