President Traian Basescu raises in European Council issue of conflict in Trans-Dniester

Agerpres correspondent Petronela Gruev reports: Romania's President approached in his speech delivered at the extraordinary meeting of the European Council devoted to the crisis in Georgia, the situation of the frozen conflict in Trans-Dniester, emphasising that the mechanism set up by the international mechanism in 1990 did nothing else but preserve the respective conflicts.
‘'Be it that it is about Trans-Dniester, Abkhazia, South Ossetia or Nagorno-Karabah, the mechanism established at the beginning of 1990 according to decisions of the United Nations Security Council preserved conflicts, giving time the autonomist leaders to set up state structures in these enclaves, putting the international community in a very difficult situation, because these enclaves have developed their own state institutions, from own elected president to government, army, police,'' said President Basescu in the news conference held upon the completion of the European Council works of the extraordinary summit in Brussels.
The head of the Rumanian state stressed that the solution endorsed by Romania is the discussion within the Security Council of the United Nations Security Council of all the frozen conflicts on the whole because in this way we can start from principles: the principle of territorial integrity, sovereignty, inviolability of borders, international law in line with the UN Chart.''
According to Traian Basescu, the incumbent situation was reached precisely because some have always tried to explain that these conflicts are different. ‘'Indeed, they have different origins, different motivations, but the background is always the same: it harms the territorial integrity, sovereignty of states, independence of states, violates their borders. We cannot find a principle, a norm of international law above these principles which laid the foundation for the peace in Europe,'' said the Romanian president.
The chances that all these frozen conflicts be discussed on the whole at the European Council meeting in Brussels are slim, said Traian Basescu stressing that at least Romania has its conscience clear because it came with a proposal.
In the case of Trans-Dniester also, the situation is similar with the one in the areas of frozen conflict, said Traian Basescu: there are inter-ethnical tensions, a separatist regime that set up its statehood just a spark away that could ignite a bilateral conflict and you never know who handles the spark,'' said Basescu.
The head of the Romanin state hails the decision of the president in office of the European Council Nicolas Sarkozy of including on the agenda of the next EU Summit due in October, the issue of the Republic of Moldova. Traian Basescu gave assurances that until then he would discuss with the authorities of Chisinau in order to find out what they wish to be heard in the council.
Also at the meeting of Monday in Brussels, the Romanian delegation shared a non-paper to all the heads of state and governments of the EU states, and the document will be sent to the other NATO member states which discuss about the impact of the crisis in Georgia on the other frozen conflicts in the regions.

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