President Basescu: Some countries are recording negative developments in treating the Romanian minority

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Some countries are recording negative developments in relation to the treatment extended by national governments to the Romanian minority, President Traian Basescu told a reception on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace of the attendees of the ongoing annual summit of Romanian diplomats.

‘For too many years the Romanian diplomacy and the Romanian Government have failed to make the necessary efforts to help Romanians living in neighbors countries preserve their mother tongue, their culture and be taught in their mother tongue.

I am, please, asking you who have been assigned to countries around the national borders of Romania to treat the issue of minorities’ rights as a priority issue in the bilateral relationship,’ said Basescu.

He added that there are instances in which Romania’s neighbours professe European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations but they forget that one of the essential thing in fulfilling the political criteria is to respect minorities’ rights. He added that each country has to be assessed on a case-by¬case basis.

‘Anytime I meet my counterparts or politicians from such countries I get the documentations required from the Foreign Ministry, but I would like up-dated assessments, because some countries are recording negative developments in relation to the treatment extended by national governments to the Romanian minority, and we know what we mean when we say negative developments,’ the President said.

He added that Romanian nationals, be them temporarily outside the country or settled in communities abroad, are one of the main priorities of Romania.
‘Diplomatically and any time there is an opportunity, we signal out to our neighbours the situation of the Romanians around them.

So nothing has changed in the essence and nothing has in our bilateral relations with Ukraine, Serbia, Hungary and Bulgaria; they are all our neighbours and there should also be good neighbourly relations,’ said Basescu.

The President also hailed the decision of the Serbian Government to recognise the Romanian minority of the Serb province of Banat.

‘Certainly there are still discussions with our Serb friends over the Timok Valley, but Serbia has taken an important step forward, which we appreciate and treat as thus.
We cannot impose all our standards, which are highly generous, but the European standards have to be applied by all,’ Basescu concluded.

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