MAE: Romania promotes normal policy of backing democracy worldwide

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hailed on Monday the International Day of Democracy, celebrated on Sept. 15, pointing out that 20 years since the events which generated Romania’s democratic transformation, the celebration of this day has a special significance here.

„Starting from its own experience of democratic reconstruction after almost half a century of dictatorship, Romania promotes a normal policy of backing up democracy in the world. Promotion and consolidation of democracy worldwide contribute to the strengthening of international stability and security, to the economic development and to the strengthening of cooperation between states”, MAE informs in a release.

Romania is one of the few participating and active countries in both international processes in the field of democracy promotion – the International Conference of New or Restored Democracies – ICNRD and the Community of Democracies – CD, according to the quoted source.

Romania organized and hosted in 1997 the third edition of ICNRD and held over 1997-2000 the presidency of the new or restored democracies. In the Community of Democracies Romania coordinated an international mission of democratic assistance to Georgia (2005) and a sub-regional conference in Bucharest (2003), on the theme „Partnership between governments, civil society and international organizations for democracy strengthening”.

As well, Romania held starting on Aug. 10, 2007 the president’s office of the Working group on regional and inter-regional cooperation for democratic governance of the Community of Democracies.

Romania initiated over 2000-2005, in the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Commission, a series of resolutions on democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

Starting 2007, Romania had voluntary contributions to the UN Fund for Democracy and to the UN Fund for Electoral Assistance. Romania’s official assistance for development is mainly directed to projects which can contribute to the backing of democratic reforms and of the rule of law in the beneficiary countries.

„There is a strong connection in society between democracy and human rights, between democracy and the rule of law, as well as a close link between democracy and international stability and security. Democracy has become a configuring factor both for international relations and for the international law.

As a result the states must act in conformity with the international law whenever democracy is in danger, in order to re-establish and consolidate legality and the international public order”, underlined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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