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LIVING HISTORY. HOW BUCHAREST CONFERENCE ON OSCE WAS ORGANIZED by Professor dr. Anton Caragea

2010 has being an important year for Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as the only chance for a survival of this important organization, legacy of cold war, had being played out.

Professor dr. Anton Caragea – President of Bucharest Conference on OSCE-24 February 2010

The Kazakhstan Presidency of OSCE had come in a difficult time for the organization. OSCE has being one of the main results of the Final Declaration of Helsinki Conference, designed to create a forum for continuous dialogue between the communist powers and capitalist powers.

Opening of Bucharest Conference on OSCE-24 February 2010

The long period of the Cold War had seen important moments of tension between the two opposite power`s : USSR and United States, having as center the European continent: Berlin Blockade, Berlin Wall, 1956- Hungary Revolution, 1968- Czechoslovakia Revolution etc.

These continuous tensions, on the fringes of European continent and the issue of the frontiers drawn after the Second World War, needed a platform for dialogue and mutual understanding between the Cold War adversaries.

The CSCE ( The Council for Security and Cooperation in Europe ), as it was the former name of OSCE, had succeeded in this task of providing a rostrum for declarations, dialogue and détente between the irreconcilable adversaries of the cold war.

The period after the collapse of the communist system in Europe assured, after the extinction of Warsaw Treaty, a new period of glory for CSCE.

Re-named as OSCE, the organization provided a formula for democratic support tor former communist states and a dialogue and security forum, in a changing world, until the NATO decided to expand and include former communist satellite from Eastern Europe.

From this moment, the downfall of the organization had being sharply and rapid. The last of the summits, held in 1999 in Istanbul, failed to offer a new conceptual reconstruction of the OSCE and failed even to open the opportunity for a new high level summit of the organization.

The agreement for putting OSCE in a shadow corner was clearly marked , for NATO and United States the organization become superfluous and un-necessary. The security of the European countries become a task for the armed arm of the western world: NATO and the economic and human dimension was entrusted to European Union expansion.

For Russia, OSCE had become guilty of becoming an anti-chamber of the NATO expansion and was perceived as a fostering tool for promoting the dismantling of the former Soviet Union, under the name banner of promoting a so called democracy.

In 2010, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was confronted with the lack of vision, lack of concept and was victim of an extensive period without a high level meeting, from 1999.

The Kazakhstan Presidency was confronted with a negative perception. The promoters of a special kind of democracy where discussing the Kazakhstan track record in fulfilling a hypothetical democracy scale. Other countries, after a failed mandate at the presidency of OSCE, where not to eager to offer to a new comer a red carpet treatment.

Finally, the organization was confronted with a lack of resources and visionary leadership and controlled by a conservative state of mind: if we did not need a high level summit for 10 years why we will need one now? If we survive without a reform, why we need a reform today? This where the question`s whispered on the diplomatic corridors of power.

 In this important moment, Kazakhstan leadership decided to commit resources and interest in offering to OSCE the example of an efficient and active chairmanship, engaging the creativeness of European intellectual elite in an ample debate to renew the concept and vision of OSCE.

The appeal of president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, presented in Vienna to European elite was clear and un-equivocal: the reform of OSCE and enabling a new vision for the organization, could only result in a common effort of the progressive intellectual`s and leaders of Europe.

In this moment I have taken the decision to uphold the Kazakhstan Presidency to OSCE and to nurture an intellectual and academic response to the challenge presented by President Nazarbayev.

President Emil Constantinescu at Bucharest Conference on OSCE-24 February 2010

The initial discussion was concentrated with President of Romania (1996-2000), the fine and impressive intellectual Emil Constantinescu.

President Emil Constantinescu, with his ample European vision had embraced the idea of a coagulated Romanian and European response to OSCE reform challenge.

 Together we have shaped the vision of two main ideas that must be emphasized in a Bucharest conference on OSCE: the support for a high level meeting of OSCE and the highlighting of the main topics for a future reform of OSCE.

With this discussion, the European elite response to OSCE challenge, mounted by the president of Kazakhstan had started to gather essence.

 Soon afterwards President of Romania (1990-1996; 2000-2004) Ion Iliescu had accepted to attend and support a Bucharest conference on OSCE.

President Ion Iliescu at Bucharest Conference on OSCE-24 February 2010

With the presence of two presidents, that supervised the transformation of OSCE after the Cold War and had supported the last high level gathering of OSCE in Istanbul, the European reform project for OSCE had become a major conceptual work of ″renovatio″ (re-building).

Along the ambitious project, the presence of the economic community, in this reform debate had imposed as a necessity. OSCE needs a powerful economic impact, need an economic overhaul and also must become an economic center of attraction. Mr. Cezar Coraci had entrusted himself with the task of creating an OSCE economic agenda that would transform the organization in a motor for growth and development.

Concluding Bucharest Conference on OSCE-24 February 2010

The diplomatic community of Europe, under the leadership of Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Diplomatic Academy, had also created a draft for a human security dimension of OSCE.

A strong reform project, supported by all the speakers of Bucharest conference on OSCE included: the necessity of reforming the so called democracy promotion arm of OSCE, creating a true and honest democracy framework and offering a new peace and security concept for the Euro-Asian region.

Finally, with their impressive moral and political authority Presidents Emil Constantinescu and Ion Iliescu offered their support for a high level meeting of OSCE in Astana.

In the concluding coverage of the Bucharest conference on OSCE the main international press outlets considered that Astana High Level Conference of OSCE it is now a necessity.

The long trail of shadow and mistrust in Kazakhstan Presidency had being defeated and the intellectual and political support of European elite had clearly shined thru.

The President of Kazakhstan decision had played off; Europe had supported his ambitious vision, supported a High level conference in Astana, defeated the mistrust and misunderstanding and created an agenda for reform of OSCE. Kazakhstan president had obtained a full support in his plans to reform OSCE.

 I must also emphasize that Bucharest Conference on OSCE had started a special relation between Romania and Kazakhstan.

Romania had never forgotten that Kazakhstan had the ambition to reform OSCE, to promote an agenda of security at Euro-Asia level and had trusted the Romanian elite to coagulate a European response to Kazakhstan initiative for a new OSCE.

The ideas and the reform plans conceptualized in Bucharest conference on OSCE had become the main issues on the table of the High level meeting in Astana in 1-2 December 2010.

The voices of Romanian and European elite had crossed the space and become the main back bone of the reform of OSCE.

The lesson of the successful European-Asian cooperation of Bucharest Conference on OSCE from 24 February 2010 remain vivid today : OSCE could retained his efficiency, could become one more time a pillar of security and could rediscover his legacy of promoting human rights and authentic democracy.

 Romania had started a strategic relation in the benefit of European unity and stability and in forging ties with Asia via Kazakhstan.

This strategic and visionary relation continuous today and the journey for creating a new world of peace and security with the support of Romania and Kazakhstan is a never ending story.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, EDA

 

October 23, 2012 Posted by | Diplomacy, Economy, Foreign policy, History, Informations, International Relation, Leaders, Mass media, News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WORLD SPEAKS WITH A UNITED VOICE: WE SUPPORT PRESIDENT BASHAR AL ASSAD AND SYRIA

President Assad is saluted by world leaders as the representative  of Syrian unity  

MOSCOW, BUENOS AIRES, BUCHAREST, BRUSSELS,   BEIRUT, DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Russian Duma Deputy Speaker, voiced Russia’s dismay at bids of foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs.

In press statements aired yesterday by the Syrian Satellite TV, Zhirinovsky rejected foreign interference in the Syrian affairs as ‘unacceptable’ aiming to destabilize Syria.

Zhirinovsky reiterated Russia’s stand by Syria blasting western powers’ attempts to weaken the Arab World as to continue exploiting Arabs’ resources.

For his part, Leonid Ivashov, President of Geopolitical Affairs Academy in Moscow, pointed out that the targeting of Syria is to deny it the continuation of its development as an independent prosperous country.

Semen Bagdasarov, a Duma member, described the events taking place in Syria as a revenge by the USA and Israel against Syria, who defeated the US prejudiced schemes and plots in the Middle East.

In Buenos Aires, Argentine, Fia-Arab Organization, underscored full solidarity with Syria against the conspiracy targeting its security and stability.

In a statement, Fia-Arab Organization said that the foreign conspiracy, behind which the American Imperialism and Zionism stand, against Syria’s stability and security would also mean the destabilization of Lebanon, Palestine and other neighboring states.

In Lebanon, Kamal al-Khair, President of the National Center in North Lebanon, described the ongoing events in Syria as a ‘political vengeance’ and as a ‘political struggle’ because of the Syrian pan-Arab nationalist and resistance stances.

Abdul al-Rahim Mourad, President of the Unity Party in Lebanon, asserted that Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad would foil the foreign conspiracy being batched against it.

General Jamil Al-Sayed, former General Director of Lebanese Security, asserted that Syria’s possession of many pivotal cards at the regional level have angered many Arab and international powers, asserting that Syria would defeat the conspiracies and plots hatched against it.

Bucharest, (SANA)-The European Council on International Relations and the International Relations and Economic Cooperation Institute expressed support and solidarity with Syria against the incitement campaign targeting it, which includes all forms of lies, fact-twisting and manipulation of the events which took place in Syria.

This came in a message conveyed by President of the European Council on International Relations and Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation Anton Caragea to the Syrian Embassy in Bucharest.

The message included a statement issued at the conclusion of an extraordinary meeting held jointly by the Council and the Institute board of directors on April 27-28, which sends a strong message of support to the Syrian people and its national unity.

In their capacity as representatives of the intellectual Romanian society, the participants voiced full support to the Syrian leadership and people and backing for Syria’s unity, as they condemned vandalism acts in some Syrian provinces, describing the interference of the Syrian security forces as legitimate and legal.

The statement lambasted media which stirs chaos, vandalism and killing in Syria, stressing that the Syrian leadership is committed to the process of reforms and that President Bashar al-Assad enjoys trust and represents the Syrian people’s unity.

The statement concluded by reiterating standing by Syria and rejecting interference in its internal affairs, affirming that ”Romania’s support to Syria amounts to its support to its own people.”

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EMIL CONSTANTINESCU- Păcatul originar, sacrificiul fondator-Revoluţia decembrie ‘89

O CARTE FUNDAMENTALA PENTRU ROMANIA

EMIL CONSTANTINESCU- Păcatul originar, sacrificiul fondator-Revoluţia decembrie ‘89

Revoluţia din decembrie ’89: Păcatul originar, sacrificiul fondator este prima carte dintr-o serie de şapte volume dedicate ultimelor două decenii din istoria României. Titlurile provizorii ale celorlalte volume sunt: Mineriadele: Faţa violentă a postcomunismului 1990 – 1999; Democraţia: De la naştere la majorat 1990 – 2007; Ţara ca o pradă: Calea românească spre capitalism 1990 – 2007; Preţul schimbării: Administraţia Constantinescu 1996 – 2000; De la ţara-problemă la model regional: Politica externă 1996 – 2000; Adevărul despre minciună: Manipularea opiniei publice 1989 – 2009.

 Sunt necesare aceste cărţi astăzi într-o Românie membră a Uniunii Europene şi a NATO, care a înregistrat zece ani de creştere economică şi se confruntă astăzi cu efectele crizei financiare mondiale? Nu e momentul să întoarcem paginile însângerate ale Revoluţiei din decembrie ’89 şi pe cele controversate ale tranziţiei post-comuniste pentru a ne ocupa de un prezent şi mai ales de un viitor care se anunţă neliniştitor? Sunt de acord şi chiar mă preocupă conturarea unei viziuni, a unei strategii pe termen lung pentru progresul României, dar cred că înainte de a întoarce paginile istoriei recente trebuie să le citim cu atenţie. Pentru că vremurile grele cer o solidaritate socială şi naţională care nu poate fi clădită pe minciună. Realitatea existenţei instituţiilor democratice nu poate ascunde lipsa de încredere în cei care le reprezintă. Performanţele economice nu pot ascunde corupţia. Stabilitatea politică nu poate ascunde lipsa unor ideologii bazate pe idealuri politice care separă partidele de grupurile de interese. Stabilitatea socială nu poate ascunde lipsa de demnitate a celor care acceptă să fie cumpăraţi sau mituiţi la un preţ derizoriu. Şi nici realitatea unei profunde crize morale generate de confuzia valorilor şi de o lipsă a respectului de sine. Toate acestea îşi au originea, după părerea mea, în lipsa de curaj întru asumarea unui trecut pe care nu-l putem schimba, dar pe care, dacă îl înţelegem, îl putem folosi pentru a-i evita erorile şi a construi un viitor mai bun.

Mi-am asumat scrierea acestor cărţi din mai multe motive. Pentru că, printr-un joc al destinului, am avut acces direct la documente esenţiale. Pentru că am avut ocazia să fiu în contact direct cu mari actori ai jocului politic european şi mondial. Pentru că, prin acelaşi joc al destinului, m-am aflat în miezul unor evenimente care au hotărât cursul istoriei ultimelor două decenii. Dar mai ales pentru că pot să spun fără ezitare lucrurile pe care le-am trăit şi pe care le-am aflat, să public informaţii corecte şi documente despre persoane în viaţă care ocupă poziţii cheie în politica, în administraţia şi în economia României. Pot face acest lucru pentru că nu pot fi şantajat cu nimic din trecutul meu. Şi nu pot fi cumpărat cu nici un fel de avantaje pentru prezent sau viitor. O pot face înfruntând pe cei care dirijează opinia publică, pentru că nu mă preocupă nici voturile, nici ratingurile la televiziune care dau notorietate şi apoi, prin confuzie, aduc popularitate şi încredere.

„Cunoaşteţi adevărul şi adevărul vă va face liberi“, ne-a învăţat Mântuitorul. Experienţa regimului totalitar ne-a dovedit că trebuie să fii cu adevărat liber în sinea ta, ca să poţi spune adevărul deschis, tuturor, ceea ce rămâne valabil şi acum când trăim în democraţie şi libertate constituţională.

Până unde trebuie spus adevărul? Până la capăt. Pentru că, aşa cum a scris cunoscutul dizident sovietic, Vassili Grossman, în cartea sa Viaţă şi destin: „Adevărul este unul singur. Nu există două adevăruri. E greu să trăieşti fără adevăr sau cu frânturi, cu o fărâmă de adevăr, cu un adevăr ciuntit, amputat. Numai o parte a adevărului nu reprezintă adevărul.“

De ce scriu abia acum despre aceste adevăruri? Pentru că acum a venit timpul. În 1989 – 1996 m-am aflat în stradă pentru a protesta împotriva comunismului şi a neocomunismului travestit în democraţie. Mi-am consacrat timpul, împreună cu cercurile intelectuale democractice, construirii unui program politic şi moral radical pentru România, ca o alternativă necesară la o reformă de tip gorbaciovist sau la un stat oligarhic, pseudo-democratic şi pseudo-capitalist. A fost o perioadă dură, care nu a lăsat timp reflecţiei, ci doar acţiunii.

În cei patru ani ai mandatului meu de preşedinte al României (1996-2000), m-am străduit să fiu un garant al respectării legilor, al separaţiei puterilor în stat şi al bunei funcţionări a instituţiilor publice şi m-am considerat îndatorat să iau numai acele decizii care corespundeau interesului naţional. Sub presiunea unor evenimente dramatice nu am găsit atunci răgazul de a cerceta în profunzime cauzele unor situaţii mai vechi sau recente, care puneau în pericol pacea, suveranitatea, stabilitatea politică, socială şi economică a ţării pentru că am fost obligat să mă concentrez pe găsirea unor soluţii care nu puteau întârzia. Am stăruit să creez condiţiile pentru ca jurişti, istorici, politologi, sociologi, jurnalişti să poată cerceta aceste cauze folosind cadrul democratic instaurat în cei patru ani în care am condus România. Cei mai mulţi s-au eschivat. Unii, mai puţini, au făcut-o cu demnitate profesională şi morală.

După terminarea mandatului, m-am străduit – e drept fără prea mare succes – să mă opun, în zona civică şi politică, manipulărilor intelectuale care au deformat realitatea ultimelor două decenii în funcţie de interesele unor grupuri şi persoane provenite din fosta Securitate, din nomenclatura PCR şi ale acoliţilor lor. S-a dovedit că am avut dreptate când am susţinut că nu am fost învins de Securitatea „din serviciile de informaţii sau din instituţiile statului“, ci – aşa cum arată textul declaraţiei mele din 1999 – de cei din afara administraţiei care, acaparând mijloace de comunicare şi folosind libertăţile democratice, au putut distorsiona faptele, înlocuind cu neruşinare adevărul prin minciună. Blocat ani la rând în afara zonei comunicării publice, am ales calea editării acestor cărţi, cu speranţa că ele îşi vor găsi cititorii de bună credinţă.

Astăzi, liber de exigenţele unei poziţii oficiale, sunt dator să spun oamenilor, care îşi doresc adevărul, tot ceea ce ştiu. Adevărul despre România anilor 1989-2009 este o mărturie despre suferinţa şi umilinţele unor oameni zdrobiţi de evenimentele acestor ani, despre crimele, rapacitatea şi aroganţa celor care au profitat de ele, dar şi despre cei care au crezut într-un viitor necomunist şi european al României, au luptat pentru el şi au reuşit să-l impună chiar şi acelora care nu l-au dorit. Îmi dau seama că informaţiile şi, mai ales, probele obţinute desenează un tablou al unei realităţi pe care am trăit-o fără ca, de cele mai multe ori, să o înţelegem.

Nu am pretenţia că sunt deţinătorul unui adevăr politic, juridic sau istoric incontestabil, şi sunt gata să discut şi să accept orice documente, fapte sau mărturii care pot lumina mai bine sau chiar altfel realitatea. Educaţia mea ştiinţifică şi religioasă m-a ajutat să cercetez faptele în mod obiectiv, eliberat de ură sau intoleranţă. Recunosc însă o anume încrâncenare în ceea ce am scris venită din durerea unui om care a trăit în miezul evenimentelor şi se simte lovit de acceptarea cinică a crimelor, abuzurilor, corupţiei şi minciunii, sau de indiferenţa la fel de cinică cu care sunt încă privite de către o mare parte a societăţii româneşti.

Conspiraţia tăcerii şi a minciunii, care a sugrumat istoria adevărată a ultimelor decenii şi nu numai, are temeiuri mult mai adânci decât teama de pedeapsă a celor care au comis crime şi abuzuri, sau au profitat de ele. Ele nu se explică nici prin interesul material personal sau de grup al celor care au furat sau au beneficiat de jaful avuţiei naţionale. Sunt resorturi mult mai adânci, care vin din psihologia individuală, din mentalul colectiv. Ele merg de la acceptarea cu uşurinţă a unor falsuri evidente, care pot înjosi viaţa cuiva, până la contestarea unor dovezi clare, care pot înălţa demnitatea cuiva, de la plăcerea inventării minciunilor până la acceptarea perversă de a fi minţit frumos. În acest sens, restituirea adevărului istoric va fi o reparaţie adusă demnităţii naţionale reprezentate de o majoritate tăcută care trăieşte onest, cu conştiinţa respectului de sine.

Am scris aceste cărţi de pe poziţia victimelor minţite sau speriate, care nu-şi cunosc sau nu-şi pot apăra drepturile. Le-am scris de pe poziţia milioanelor de români cinstiţi care cred în adevăr, în dreptate şi în demnitate.

Cele şapte cărţi din seria Adevărul despre România sunt adresate în primul rând celor care nu mai doresc ca ei şi copiii lor să trăiască în minciună. Ele îi vizează însă şi pe cei care, dimpotrivă, au ales să trăiască în minciună, pentru ca nici ei să nu mai poată să spună: N-am ştiut. 

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Diplomacy, Eastern Europe, Economy, Foreign policy, History, Informations, International Relation, Leaders, Mass media, News, Politics, Romanian Revolution | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Professor Anton Caragea on future of Taiwan and Romania relationship

TAIWAN: AN OPPORTUNITY THAT MUST NOT BE WASTED!  interview by Daniel Negut

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appreciates Professor Anton Caragea, PhD, expert in international relations.

I see you full of optimism, Mr. Professor Caragea! What are your reasons?
Answer: The final part of 2008 has brought many unexpected reasons for optimism. This year preparations for parliamentary elections that will be held this month have shown that – after some tragic examples- the political class from Romania began to understand the importance of foreign policy factor in the life of Romania.
As a result of our efforts, the parties have already entered in a process to outline a National Pact for Romanian foreign policy. We hope that this pact, once agreed by all parties will not be an object of dispute, but – on the contrary – an object for unifying Romania’s efforts . We will no longer have a foreign policy based on interests or abilities of a minister or another, but a real foreign policy of Romania. Another reason for optimism I was given by the trip taken in the Far East, whose main point was the visit to Taiwan. I saw in the Far East an economic vitality, a political energy and a desire to make the XXI century, a century of Asia, that really impressed me. If Asian countries will continue to prepare their development with the same seriousness, we can be optimistic.
The future world economy, even shadowed by the current crisis will be a good one. Equally important is the signal that I received during my visit to Taiwan: Romania matters for Taiwan!
Could it be so?
A: Yes! Everybody is excited to cooperate with Bucharest. It seems that watched from the other side of the world, Romania looks more optimistic: a country with 22 million inhabitants, with a remarkable strategic position, with opening to the Danube and the Black Sea, with an important economic growth, supported by a class of managers energetic and eager to win! Thus, Romania appears from Taipei as a country of opportunities, treated with a lot of confidence…
From Taipei, for example, it is much easier to be proud that you are Romanian, than in Bucharest!
And what is – or should be – our Romanian authority’s response?
Of course this confidence, this willingness for investment and economic and political cooperation must be met with concrete actions from Bucharest government. Calendar of such concrete actions is very clear: to develop closer political relations with Taiwan, we should open as soon as possible a Diplomatic Office in Taipei and ask Taiwan to open a similar office in Bucharest.
Taiwan is ready to waive the visa system for Romania, if and Romania will be ready to facilitate visas for Taiwanese businessmen. For now, the situation is serious: Romanian business people should take visa from Athens or Budapest, which means additional difficulties and expenses absolutely meaningless. Similarly, Taiwanese businessmen, that have invested one billion U.S. dollars in the Romanian economy, need to go to Bangkok – In Thailand – or Tokyo, Japan, to obtain a Romanian visa! Disappointing and humiliating. This situation must cease immediately … Diplomatic relations, civilized relations on visa issues and consular relations should be established as soon as possible in order to facilitate economic ties!
Could this be a chance for Romania?

We are going now through a period of crisis and we need foreign investment and economic support. Taiwan has a national reserve of over 290 billion dollars and believes that investment can be about 10 billion dollars in the next years in our economy, so we must look carefully at what is happening there. Now there is a real struggle for foreign investors and Romania can win on the direction of Taiwan and the Far East, this ‘fight’ by political and diplomatic cooperation. While black clouds gather over Eastern Europe, Romania has a chance to escape the crisis and have a solid partner in Taiwan in the Far East area.
We must understand that Taiwan is a political and economic opportunity for Romania, which should not be lost!
In theory, this is great! But what is the situation, in practical terms?
Basically, in the discussions held in Taipei with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrew L.Y .Hsia we came quickly to a common understanding that Romania and Taiwan may be the point of entry, for each other, in the European and Asian markets! This opportunity does not come too often and Taiwan gives us a generously offer.
The rest of the Far East is a new destination, but also extremely important for our diplomacy: from now on, Bucharest is opened to a new direction! On his visits in South Korea and Japan, the President of Romania, gave a clear signal: the Far East has ceased to be too distant for Romania. For now, economic and political relations will be developed within this space.
For example, Singapore has to be next to Taiwan, another outpost of our foreign policy. Key point economically developed and with powerful interests in Romania, we have in Singapore as well in Taiwan a destination for political and economic ties. Taiwan and Singapore must be the priority of Romania in the next decade in the Far East region.
I also enjoyed that, after two years of discussions regarding the need for Romania’s involvement in the Middle East, we have already done the first concrete step. In just two months after we asked that Syria be included in the tour of Romanian diplomacy, we are registering a new success: President Traian Băsescu understand our reasons to visit Damascus and made the visit. It’s a beautiful victory of Romania!
For now, we must continue to deepen relations in this area and to go to the Far East. ‘Ex Oriente lux – light comes from the East – said the chronicles of the middle Ages and now we rediscover the wisdom of this old word!
The major goals of our economic and political interests on the direction of the West have already been achieved, and now we must move on in achieving national interest in other quarters of the world.
Next decade we must focus on the Far East. We are living in a world of rapid transportation and, communication, mobility of capital and Romania should be a ‘hub’ for the investment of the Asian tiger and a privileged zone in Eastern Europe.
So, let’s be optimistic?
We have enormous advantages: 22 million inhabitants, the second country as area and population of the region, with political stability, openness to strategic avenues as Danube and the Black Sea, with developed economy, an increase in the average class numbers, participation in NATO and the European Union and do not forget that we are – in total

– 31 million Romanian, relating to Bucharest and waiting out economic and political leadership from here.
This is the second major challenge to us in the next decade: to become a cultural and economic unit of 31 million Romanians. Optimistic conclusion: privileged links with the Far East, with Taiwan – in particular – and a strategy for 31 million Romanian, not just for 22 million. Future sounds good! (interviu de Daniel Negut, preluat din revista Business Adviser, varianta print, nr. 33)

 

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Peace Agreement in Darfur

Peace agreement on Darfur- Sudan from Doha – Qatar/ Acordul de pace asupra conflictului din Darfur- Sudan, acord realizat la Doha in Qatar

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