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ROMANIAN ECONOMY IN 2012. ROMANIA IN DEEPENING CRISIS.

Monday 6 of February 2012 at the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation headquarters was held the first conference of 2012: The evolution of Romanian economy in 2012.  The crisis will continue!

 The conference has joined economical experts from Romania and European Union, economical supervisors and personalities of political, economical and academic life of Romania.

Another example of Romanian economic success : street beggars

 2009 and 2011 – first years of economic crisis.

 The conference started with an evaluation of economic crisis impact in the period of the first years: 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In the first year of the crisis in Romania -2009- the economic crisis has affected the vital areas of economic life: the collapse has started with construction industry and construction material factories, collapse continued by the real estate market shrinking. Others affected sectors where: insurance, banking and stock exchange and in all the financial sector was strongly shaken down. The consumer confidence has fallen sharply and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has being reduced with 10% in 2010 and 8% in 2011.

 The decrease in our economy has being so devastating that we are below the 2000 level. Unfortunately the economic collapse of 2010 and 2011 has laid the foundation for a crisis without equivalent in Romanian history that will affect the country in 2012 and 2013.

 2011- The year of economic earthquake.

 2011 will be remembered without a doubt as the year of economic turmoil in Romania, had appreciated in one voice all the experts present at the gathering. First of all the 2011has being the year in which the Romanian economy had collected all the hard hits from all the economic collapse of the last years. The financial system has being especially hard hit and this had made the fragile Romanian economy to reach the breaking point. The inflation had resurfaced and the experts appreciate that a 10% percent yearly inflation is unavoidable.

The resurgence of inflation had put a dramatic pressure on population economy and had made any recovery unthinkable for the next 2-4 years. The collapse in economic system, the internal and external investments had being reduced to minimum, the credit on internal market has being practically suspended and all this had provoke for 2012 an economic decrease of more than 15% of GDP or even 18% of GDP after others opinions. A factor not to be neglected in amplification of the crisis is the governmental incompetence that by increasing the taxes, legislative chaos and a deliberate politics of destroying the middle class investors in the favor of big companies all did nothing ells than to aggravate the economic crisis.

 2012 – between crisis and slowing down economy.

 The 2012 will be a decisive year to slow down the economic collapse or to direct the economy in a new catastrophic decline. It must be very clear, all economic experts underlined, that the present economic decline will last for a decade at European level, so all those opinions that declared that Romania will start a new economic growth before the next 10 years; either don’t know what they are saying either is bluntly laying.

All the European statistics are speaking about the lost decade of Europe between 2010 and 2020 , term referring to the blocking of economic development at continental level and the frozen of present situation for a decade.

Those that are declaring that Romania will surpass in the period of economic crisis the France or Great Britain economy , are telling stories that are unbelievable , declared laughing Mihail Racaceanu – chief economist. What is important is to succeed that we have in 2012 a decrease in economy of less than 10% and in the interval between 2012 and 2015 to stop the decline and in 2020 to come back to pre-crisis year of 2007 and in 2050 at the pre-revolutionary level of 1989.

 In 2050 the Romanian economy will reach the level of 1989 as a historic economic reference year.

 This assessment was a strong one, keeping in mind that the pre-crisis governmental statistic declared that in 2025 Romania will succeed in recuperating the gap and reach the level of industrial activity prior to 1989 Revolution.

This perspective is no longer feasible, a new perspective is appearing after the crisis and after the lost decade and a cumulative GDP decrease of more than 60% from 2007 economy level.

This economic recession will be hard to recuperate in the context of nongovernmental involvement, the general economic climate of recession and finally the worst factor of all: the burden of external debt.

 External debt will plunge Romania into financial meltdown.

 The factor that will suffocate Romanian economy in the next period will be, after 2015, the foreign debt crisis.

The Boc government has careless accepted more than 36 billion dollars credit and in total the private and state debt of Romania is reaching the unbelievable sum of 95 billion dollars, this only if the government will no longer accept new loans.

But this perspective is an unrealistically  one as President Traian Basescu has announced new external loans for 2012 , that will surely bring Romania to being incapable to pay the foreign debt. Despite the writing on the wall in all of cases like Greece, Spain and Ireland, Romania is accepting new loan from International Monetary Fund, loans that will not be invested in developing and modernizing the economy but in pay offs for next parliamentary and presidential elections’. This consumer invested loans at extortionate interest rates will suffocate completely an ailing and failed economy as Romanian economy is.

Unemployment: with a rate of registered unemployment of more than 10% of the active population and with another 15% percent of the population already left out of the governmental unemployment aide Romania tops all the EU member countries with a real unemployment figure of more than 25% of the population. This figure must be put in perspective with more that 50% of the population below the poverty line and the full picture of the economic meltdown and social tragedy could be analyzed. Romania economy is in crises and no plans for a future development had not being adopted.

 

2012: The economic crisis is worsening.

 The conclusions of the most important economic experts of Romania where clear: the crisis is not over by far, but has entered in a more difficult faze that will affect financial and banking system and economic fundaments. The economic crisis will continue until 2015 at the earliest and a coming back cycle that will last until 2020. This decade will be without a doubt the lost decade of Romania but if the necessary measures are not rapidly taken to re-establish control on economic decline than we risk that Romania economy will not come back not even in 2020.

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WHY IS TRINIDAD TOBAGO THE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION ? by Honorable Kamla Pershad Bissessar –Prime Minister of Government of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

The award of World’s Best Tourist Destination will significantly assist in branding destination Trinidad and Tobago globally. We must change the perception of our country in the overseas markets. We must celebrate our country and work hard to sell our country abroad. It is anticipated that this award will open us to untapped European markets that are perhaps weary of the traditional leisure destinations and desire a more exciting vacation experience.

Honorable Kamla Pershad Bissessar –Prime Minister of Government of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago 

Date: Wednesday October 19, 2011

Venue: Regency Hall-  Hyatt Regency Trinidad

Time: 12.30pm

I am indeed truly humbled and deeply honoured to be standing here today to accept, on behalf of the People of Trinidad and Tobago, the World’s Best Tourism Destination Award for 2012 from the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade. A non-governmental organisation, this body has a wide ranging membership of tourism representatives within the European Union.

We were also declared the World’s Favourite Cultural Destination in 2012 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade.

It is my understanding that this award was unanimously given to Trinidad and Tobago primarily for our history of impressive cultural festivals, environmental conservation and biodiversity protection amongst other factors.

It is not an award that is traditionally given to well-established tourism destinations but it is the highest honour awarded to non-European Union countries that have embraced sustainable tourism as a tool for cultural and social development and that respect and preserve their cultural and natural heritage.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade for having us join other distinguished winners of this award such as the United Arab Emirates, Syria and South Koreea.

But moreover, I thank the Council for recognising what most of us fail to acknowledge and value. And this is … Trinidad and Tobago is brim-full with tourism potential.

We are not the traditional sun, sea and surf destination. What differentiates us from the rest of our Caribbean neighbours is our diverse and rich natural, cultural and built heritage.

This People’s Partnership Government is seriously committed and dedicated to the development of the tourism industry in Trinidad and Tobago. Tourism is an incredibly important pillar in our national economic diversification effort.

We are not paying “lip service” to the industry as some may have done in the past. For too long tourism has been looked down on as a second class service sector.

We recognise that tourism is a business and fiercely competitive. Tourism requires skills, talent, enterprise and more importantly the support of government.

The award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2012 is important for several reasons.

Firstly, it facilitates the formation of closer linkages with Europe for tourism, trade and investment possibilities. The European continent, as in its colonial past, is a formidable trading partner especially with the fall of communism and the rise of new economic powers.

Europe is, and will certainly continue to be, a cornerstone for our international business.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The economic and social advancement of this beautiful twin island Republic of ours depends to a large extent on how well we develop and harness our resources. And one such untapped resource is that of tourism.

The award of World’s Best Tourist Destination will significantly assist in branding destination Trinidad and Tobago globally. We must change the perception of our country in the overseas markets. We must celebrate our country and work hard to sell our country abroad.

It is anticipated that this award will open us to untapped European markets that are perhaps weary of the traditional leisure destinations and desire a more exciting vacation experience.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

An important opportunity that this award presents is a platform to advance the commitments of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

As many of you may or may not be aware, in 2008 Trinidad and Tobago, along with its neighbours in the rest of the region, embarked upon a reciprocal trade agreement with one of our largest trading partners – the European Union (EU). The signing of the EPA signalled a shift in our trade and economic development.

We are now required to open our markets to Eastern Union manufacturers and service providers; but the EPA also provides market access for our country’s export of services to the European Union.

The Economic Partnership Agreement also speaks to specific disciplines on tourism services because of its importance to the social and economic development of the European Union and the Caribbean. These rules are complemented by a commitment to legally binding open market conditions for each other. For instance, the Europe Union has made commitments for travel agencies, tour operators, tourist guides services.

Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, have made commitments in relation to hotels and restaurants, marina services and spa services.

The EPA also includes measures that would make it easier for European Union investors to invest in the Trinidad and Tobago. This award, then, will provide a platform to attract increased investment and to promote growth and development in the tourism sector. The Economic Partnership Agreement is, therefore, rendered more relevant, more strategic and more focused on deliverables.

Honorable Prime Minister Kamla Pershad Bissessar receives WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD  for 2012.

The World’s Best Tourism Destination award will, moreover, engender a measure of national pride amongst our citizenry and raise the level of public confidence in Trinidad and Tobago as a tourist destination.

We should be proud of our country and its tourism potential. We have so much to be proud of, so much to share with each other, and so much to show off to the rest of the world. Let us not doubt or question our intrinsic value.

In closing, ladies and gentlemen, I must take a moment to publicly acknowledge the hard work and sacrifices of our tourism community … the stakeholders in our midst. The last few years have been quite challenging for all in the tourism industry.

But rest assured that the tourism industry will get the backing it needs.

But we cannot do it alone. We have all to work together. The private sector in the lead but with government acting as a facilitator; supporting every step of the way.

I want to urge you to continue working with commitment, energy and enthusiasm for the betterment of the tourism industry.

I thank you. God’s richest blessings on us all.

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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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A RESOUNDING DIPLOMATIC SUCCESS: ROMANIAN DELEGATION VISIT IN TURKMENISTAN

A resounding diplomatic success: Romanian delegation visit in Turkmenistan .

 Professor Anton Caragea greated in Turkmen capital: Ashgabat

Between 10 and 15 of December 2010 a Romanian delegation from the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania, was paying an official visit in the Republic of Turkmenistan at the invitation of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The Romanian delegation attended the International Congress marking the 15-th anniversary of proclamation of Turkmenistan neutrality. On this occasion professor Dr. Anton Caragea, director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania and Romanian Ambassador Radu Horumba where received by Turkmenistan President that emphasized his desire for a closer relationship with Romania . During the talks was re-issued the invitation for Turkmen President to pay an official in Romania in 2011.

Also on the side lines of the Conference prof.Dr.Anton Caragea has discussion with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey ,Ahmed Davutoglu  , Sergei Lebedev , Executive Chairman of Community of Independent States , Elmar Mamedyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan , Vladimir Norov , Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and other personalities from Republic of Moldova , Belarus , OSCE, ECO and CIS etc.  On this occasion the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan addressed an official invitation for Professor Anton Caragea to carry an official visit in Uzbekistan in 2011.      

Romanian delegation visits Turkmen Parliament ( Madjilis )   

The Romanian delegation was received by Turkmen Parliament Presidency and hold talks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy of Turkmenistan. The parties had agreed on intensifying the bilateral relation, the political relation being considered as excellent and was emphasized the need to foster economical cooperation dimension on bilateral relations. Also was decided to make efforts in balancing the economical trade deficit between Romania and Turkmenistan by increasing imports of Romanian goods by Turkmenistan.

Discussion at the Minsitry of Economy of Turkmenistan

The Romanian delegation also visited important cultural and economical institution from Turkmenistan as: Turkmen Academy, Ashgabat University, Archeological excavation site of Nyssa, Carpet National Museum, National Museum of History, and energy sector of Turkmenistan. On this occasion the Turkmen National Television filmed and broadcasted a documentary about the international activity of Professor Anton Caragea and the significance of his visit in Turkmenistan.

The visit of Romanian delegation in Turkmenistan was a resounding diplomatic success in fostering bilateral relations and in increasing the quality of Romania-Turkmenistan relationship bringing a plus of visibility and prestige to Romanian diplomatic activity in Central Asia region.         

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VIZITA DELEGATIEI ROMANE IN TURKMENISTAN: UN SUCCES DIPLOMATIC DE RASUNET

Vizita delegatiei romane in Turkmenistan.

In perioada 10-15 decembrie 2010 o delegatie romana a Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica din Romania, condusa de prof. dr. Anton Caragea, a efectuat o vizita oficiala in Republica Turkmenistan, la invitatia Presedintelui Republicii Turkmenistan , Excelenta sa Presedintele Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Primirea profesorului Anton Caragea in Ashgabat.

Delegatia romana a participat la lucrarile Congresului International ce marca a 15-a aniversare a proclamarii neutralitatii Turkmenistanului. Cu aceasta ocazie prof.dr.Anton Caragea, directorul Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica si Ambasadorul Romaniei Radu Horumba au fost primiti de Presedintele Turkmenistanului ce a reiterat dorinta sa de cooperare cu Romania . Cu aceasta ocazie a fost reluata invitatia adresata Presedintelui Turkmen de a vizita Romania in 2011.   Pe marginea congresului prof.dr.Anton Caragea a avut discutii cu Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Turciei, Ahmed Davutoglu , Sergei Lebedev , Presedintele Comitetului Executiv al Comunitatii Statelor Independente, Elmar Mamedyarov, Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Azerbaidjanului , Vladimir Norov , Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Uzbekistanului si cu alte personalitati din Republica Moldova, Belarus, OSCE , ECO si CIS.Cu aceasta ocazie Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Uzbekistanului i-a adresat o invitatie oficiala prof. Anton Caragea pentru a vizita  Uzbekistanul in 2011.  

Primirea delegatiei romane la Parlamentul Turkmen

Delegatia romana a fost primita de Presedintia Parlamentului Turkmen  si a avut discutii la Ministerul Afacerilor Externe si la Ministerul Economiei din Turkmenistan. Partile au convenit asupra largirii relatiei bilaterale , relatiile politice fiind catalogate drept excelente si s-a decis adancirea celor economice si echilibrarea balantei de plati intre cele doua tari prin cresterea importurilor de produse romanesti in Turkmenistan.

 

Discutii la Ministerul Economiei din Turkmenistan 

Delegatia romana a vizitat de asemenea institutii importante din Turkmenistan : Academia de Stiinte, Universitatea din Ashgabat , Santierul arheologic din Nysa , Muzeul Covoarelor, Muzeul National de Istorie , Sistemul Energetic Turkmen etc. Cu aceasta ocazie televiziunea turkmena a prezentat si un documentar despre activitatea internationala  a profesorului Anton Caragea si despre semnificatia vizitei delegatiei sale in Turkmenistan.   

Vizita delegatiei romane a reprezentat un succes decisiv in dezvoltarea dialogului bilateral si in adancirea relatiilor Romania-Turkmenistan aducand un plus de prestigiu si vizibilitate actiunilor Romaniei de strangere a relatiilor cu tarile Asiei Centrale.

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EUROPEAN CULTURE WEEK KICKS OFF

EUROPEAN CULTURE WEEK KICKS OFF

European Council on International Relations will host between 22-26 March 2010  the traditional cultural event for European values : EUROPEAN CULTURE WEEK .

The traditional events will be, as usually a rallying point for Europe educational and cultural experts. This week important issues will be discuss varying from educational curricula, universities status in the world, new currents in culture and educations and an overview of European culture situation under the economic crisis pressure.

A large panel of educational advisers, governmental officials and representatives of the most important European universities and culture experts will debate all this important topics in order to offer to Europe the opportunity to contribute to the values and educational debates in the world. European Council on International Relations is the organizers and sponsor of this event in order to insure a complete independence of the works and professional invited from any governmental intrusion. This year the EUROPEAN CULTURE WEEK will be focusing on ways to make culture and education a priority for Europe as the economic crisis is taking the main agenda while the most important assets of Europe: history, culture and educational and cultural productions are overlooked.

This year also in order to emphasize the importance of culture in Europe diplomacy the European Council on International Relations will host and on 9-11 April 2010 a special educational session focusing in educational and culture values all over the world.

So remain close to fallow the European Council on International Relations efforts in promoting culture and education as effective diplomacy tools in order to create a better world.   

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ROMANIANS ENTHUSIASTICALLY PARTICIPATE IN ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK

Romanians enthusiastically participate in Israeli apartheid week

All across Romania the civil society and important personalities and democrats and peace activist are marking the important event of : Israel Apartheid Week .

Universities in over 40 cities across the world have begun to observe Israeli Apartheid Week in condemnation of the Zionist regime’s suppression of the Palestinians.
During Israeli Apartheid Week, the universities will hold protests and host related speeches, cultural performances, and movie screenings.
The people who first proposed holding Israeli Apartheid Week in 2005 say it has become a very important international event for expressing solidarity with the Palestinians, supporting the opponents of Israeli apartheid across the globe, and reinforcing the call for sanctions to be imposed on Israel.
Haaretz reported that Jerusalem Al-Quds-based economic researcher Shir Hever is scheduled to give a series of lectures at the University of Amsterdam entitled “Could the Economic Policies of Israel be Considered a Form of Apartheid?”

The daily added that Glasgow University is to host a speech by Jeff Halper, a professor of anthropology based in Israel, who is the co-founder and coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He is slated to give a speech on the boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) campaign.In addition, director Shai Carmeli-Pollak will be screening his 2006 documentary “Bil’in Habibti” — which is about the Israel Defense Forces’ violence — at Boston area universities, Haaretz reported.

Romania is included in the democratic countries that effectivly sustain the palestinian struggle for freedm and democracy and is proudly to host the Anti-Israeli Apartheid Week celebration in support of liberty. 

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OSCE 2010 . A DECISIVE YEAR. BUCHAREST CONFERENCE

On 24 February 2010 Bucharest will host one of the most important political and diplomatic debates of the last years at the Conference on OSCE. 2010 a decisive year for Europe. Kazakhstan Presidency. 

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ( OSCE)  established itself as a forum for dialogue and cooperation between West and East in the time of Cold War has find itself in a limbo after the end of the communism end of European continent separation. Now OSCE is trying to reconstruct the identity and reoccupied an important role in Europe. This internal debate concentrated on the future of Europe is initiated by the key speech of H.E. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev  ,  in Vienna at the assumption of Kazakhstan for OSCE Chairmanship.

President Nazarbaev declared as one of the most important point of Kazakhstan Presidency: “Improving the effectiveness of international organizations in meeting new global challenges has come to the fore. That is the precise task of the OSCE, which is a unique platform for dialogue bringing together 56 States located on three continents.
The decisive question for the OSCE in the future will be whether it can convert itself into a structure that recognizes the diversity of the world in the 21st century, or whether it will continue to be an organization segmented into blocs, where the West remains aloof from the space “east of Vienna”?”    The conference on OSCE in Bucharest will try to respond to this agenda uniting a team of foreign policy experts and heavy weight European political leaders in the research of solutions and ideas to promote a new OSCE more visible, more realistically and more involved in Europe and Asia political, economic and security landscape.

 Among the key note speaker are former president of Romania, Emil Constantinescu a convinced European and north-atlantics enthusiast that promoted in Romania a pro-western agenda in the years of his presidency, former president Ion Iliescu, a specialist in globalization issues and ecologist and professor Anton Caragea, director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation , the foreign policy institute in Romania. Now Bucharest Conference will start an academic debate date that may in the future transform OSCE in a new vibrant organization. The Bucharest Conference is just the beginning of a transformation year that many consider a decisive year for OSCE under Kazakhstan Presidency in the awaiting of 1th of august the will now became the official day of OSCE.

The Bucharest Conference is a response to President Nazarbaev appeal for a European involvement in OSCE rebirth.  Intellectual and academic response of Europe will be written at Bucharest Conference.

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KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENCY OF OSCE: A CLEAR SUCCESS.

Address of H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to the participants of the OSCE Permanent Counsel “Kazakhstan is firmly committed to the fundamental principles and values of OSCE”

 

Address of H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to the participants of the OSCE Permanent Counsel, on the occasion of assuming by Kazakhstan the OSCE Chairmanship (Vienna, 14 January 2010) Since independence, Kazakhstan is making a real contribution to strengthening regional and global security, and will continue to be firmly committed to the fundamental principles and values of the OSCE. Said President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in his address to the inaugural meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

 Historic decision of Kazakhstan was the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, a voluntary abandonment of the fourth largest in the world’s nuclear missile arsenal and the complete destruction of its infrastructure. In 2009 at the initiative of Kazakhstan was adopted by the UN General Assembly resolution declaring August 29 – International Day of Action against nuclear testing. “Kazakhstan is fully aware of its role as a responsible player in regional and global economic processes. Exporting to the world market significant volumes of hydrocarbons, our country is making a significant contribution to ensuring global energy security, including Europe. As a major exporter of grain and other food items, Kazakhstan is actively promoting the implementation of the UN Millennium Goals in addressing hunger and addressing food security in the world “, – noted the President.

The situation in the world makes it difficult exam, which Kazakhstan will stand as the country chairing the OSCE. “Erosion of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, humanitarian and ecological disasters, famine, poverty, epidemics, reduction of energy resources, conflict along ethnic and sectarian grounds – this is not a complete list of challenges of modern human civilization, a struggle that requires a maximum effort from by such reputable multilateral institutions such as the OSCE “, – he said.

Kazakhstan President stressed that the most urgent problems, the need for solutions which are now facing the OSCE, have always been at the heart of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy. “In accordance with the OSCE traditions, we announce a motto of the acting chairmanship, which symbolizes identification of the chair-country. The motto of the Kazakh chairmanship will be four ‘T’ – Trust, Tradition, Transparency and Tolerance”, the President said. He noted that the first ‘T’ means mutual trust. The second one is adherence to the OSCE principles and values. The third one – maximum openness and transparency in international relations, free of ‘double standards’ and ‘dividing lines’. The forth ‘T’- reflection of global trends on strengthening intercultural and intercivilization dialog, which obtains more significance in the modern world. President Nazarbayev has proposed to declare August 1 – the date of signing of the Helsinki Final Act – the Day of the OSCE, as well as to convene the OSCE Summit in 2010 in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act, the 20th anniversary of the Charter of Paris and the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

In his speech, OSCE Chairman, Secretary of State – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kanat Saudabayev declared priorities of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship. He stated that Kazakhstan, as chairman of the OSCE, will seek to bring closer the positions of the participating organizations to the west and east from Vienna on the basis of principles of impartiality and balance, to enhance its role in improving security and enhancing cooperation in the area from Vancouver to Vladivostok. Astana will seek to focus on achieving the optimum balance of all three “baskets” of the OSCE. Such an approach would help to see problems in the complex, effectively confront not only the external manifestations of modern challenges and threats, but also to work with their sources of origin. In particular, in politico-military dimension Kazakhstan will continue “the Corfu process” and will try to give new impetus to the OSCE efforts to stabilize the situation in areas of protracted conflicts and their resolution, development of international transport corridors, promoting tolerance and understanding. Astana intends to work actively with all partners to strengthen the OSCE Vienna Document 1999 and issues of post-war rehabilitation of Afghanistan. In selecting priorities in the economic and environmental dimension, Kazakhstan has proposed themes on promotion of good governance at border crossings and development of safe and efficient ground transportation. According to Astana, it is necessary to continue work on migration and energy security in accordance with the ministerial decisions in Athens.

The human dimension remains a key theme in the agenda of the Chairmanship, and Kazakhstan will continue to support activities of the ODIHR, the High Commissioner on National Minorities, Representative on Freedom of the media. The holding in Astana on 29-30 June this year, the OSCE High Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-discrimination would make a worthy contribution to further enhance the interaction between different cultures and civilizations, the practical implementation of earlier decisions. This year 15 OSCE member countries will hold presidential and parliamentary elections. Therefore Kazakhstan urged the ODIHR and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to coordinate their work and do everything possible to the process of monitoring the elections were to ensure objectivity and constructivism.

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Moldavia: between revolution and geopolitics.

Moldavia: between revolution and geopolitics.

In the last days the capital of Republic of Moldavia was the scene of several violent manifestations remembering the velvet revolutions of 1989 against communist dictatorship in Eastern Europe.  Whatever will be the outcome of these popular actions we must remember the geopolitical destiny of Republic of Moldavia, destiny that this popular outcry tries to change.

Republic of Moldavia: Stalin`s child.               

 If it is today to find in Europe a product of Stalin`s vision still surviving this will surely be Republic of Moldavia. Created in 1924 on the left bank of the river Nistru this republic was in Stalin opinion a window for the URSS to keep open the option of  the long march to Istanbul. Ti this aimed the so called Moldavian republic was at that time only an autonomous republic placed under the control of the Soviet Republic of Ukraine and the center for the greatest soviet army, Ukraine south who was destined to conquer Romania, Bulgaria and to open the road for the Soviet Army to Istanbul, the city of the tsars as the Russians know it. In 1944 when the soviet army was wining the Second World War Stalin decided to restructure the so called autonomous republic and to make it a Soviet Republic with capital in Kishinev  and offered as territory the ancient Romanian province of Bessarabia.

The geopolitical idea of the new Republic of Moldavia was unchanged: in Moldavia in the cold war years was stationed the greatest soviet army: 14-th army from Tiraspol with the same military objectives: conquering Turkey and the Middle East. Also in republic of Moldavia was the greatest military supervision center, telecommunication interceptor and the greatest factory for short range rocket and military equipment.

Republic of Moldavia : Russia window to Balkans.  

When the Soviet Union collapsed the Russian Federation decided to maintained the control of this territory from various reasons: while Republic of Moldavia was under Russian control the hope to reconstruct the southern part of the  Soviet Empire was still alive.

 Republic of Moldavia could be a factor to threat Romania and to keep a window for Balkans and a placed to surround Ukraine and to stop any attempt of Kiev to brake the Russian encircle and to create a European and NATO destiny for Ukraine. Russia concentrated all his efforts in 1991 and 1992 to maintained Republic of Moldavia in his sphere of influence; he organized a rebellion with the support of 14-th Army in Transnistria, a small province of Republic of Moldavia at the Ukraine border. In Transnistria where located the military factory and the barracks of the 14-th Army that Russia was not eager to loose in the favor of the new state.

Finally after the Transnistria war in 1991-1992 and the Russian military direct intervention  a coup d’état was stage at Kishinev  and the democratic prime minister at that time , Mircea Druc was deposed and forced to fled to exile. From that time Russia supported puppets regime in the Republic of Moldova that signed the joining of Moldavia to Community of Independent State, signed treaty with Russia and created an economy dependent only on the Russian market and support.     All this time Russia did not accept to evacuate Transnistria and to support the integration of the rebel province into Moldavia ( the scenario of Abkhazia in Georgia ) and created in Transnistria a mafia state supported by the illegal arm supplies to all countries in war from Zaire to Rwanda and Saddam Hussein`s Iraq.

 Republic of Moldavia remained under Russian control even in 2004/2005 when the region was under the orange revolution time that tried to orient this space towards US and European Union. But the last two years 2007/2008 changed this landscape of compliance with Russian federation political views.

 

Republic of Moldavia: wind of change ?

Many factors had contributed to this: rapid deterioration of economic situation, decrees in wage and pension values, growing of unemployment and Russian reduction of subsidies. The final blow to Moldavian economy came in January when the Russia-Ukraine gas row practically produced the collapse of Moldavian budget. Not only economy has failed in Moldavia, but also for the first time in the last 20 years a real European implication in this area started to be created, E.U. missions, and investments created a feeling that finally Russia has a geopolitical counterpart and a new vision for Moldavia could be possible. Finally the Romanian economy rapid development created a magnet for Moldavia population who is Romanian as origin, language and history and started to hope that a Romanian support for a European Union enlargement with Moldavia could be possible. This new political landscape made the political power at Kishinev  even more hard-line: Russian relation where tightened, the border with Romania was shut and Romanian media banned from Moldavia. In this atmosphere of cold war the communist power at Kishinev  was sure that he will win the election.   

The fact that Republic of Moldavia is not meeting any democratic criteria is not a surprise to anyone. The National TV and Radio are under the state control, the opposition is not aloud participation of state media, the newspapers are controlled, and the economy is under state regulation and local mafia control. The April 5-th elections were held after two month of violent verbal assaults on the opposition from the government part, massive pressure on opposition media, banning of  opposition gathering and the long list of irregularity could go on forever. Finally in the election day 35% percent of the population of Moldavia decided to go on holiday and voted on supplementary list ( without paper control) which is strange generally in the world this number is no greater than 2% , but the population of Moldavia ,loves traveling on election day it seemed.                                                                                                                                No surprise, in this condition the Communist Party claimed victory with 50% percent of the electoral votes, even better that his on prediction. This was a mistake, the opposition was ready to accept a negation for power and a power sharing deal for a slow democratization but this result showed that Communist Party wanted to rule alone and no compromise was possible. This sparked the popular discontent and lead to massive demonstration in Moldavian capital: Kishinev.

No chance for Moldavia.

Unfortunately this popular action has little chance to change anything: US is having an appeasement approach towards Russia and Barrack Obama is not Bush in august war in Georgia. So no chance of a US support operation for a late orange revolution. European Union is also eager to strike economical deals and energy deals with Russia not to further antagonized the power of Russia. Finally Romania is crippled by economic problems, a president in a corruption scandal and seeking reelection in much contested election at the end of the year. In this political landscape the geopolitical destiny of Republic of Moldavia will remained the same, in the orbit of Russian action.                  

Professor Anton Caragea

 

 

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