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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises

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20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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The Chisinau democratic government is looking forward to Basescu's visit

The leaders of democratic parties forming the ruling coalition of Chisinau welcome the visit of the Romanian President Traian Basescu to the Republic of Moldova and have great expectations of this visit in terms of greater openness and pragmatic bilateral relations between Chisinau and Bucharest.
Lina Grau pentru Moldova Azi, 27 January 2010, 13:18

At the same time, the leader of Moldovan communists, Vladimir Voronin, states that the visit of Traian Basescu to Chisinau is inopportune and "undesirable" in this period.

The head of the Liberal Party's parliamentary faction, Ion Hadarca, insists that the chill in bilateral relations with Bucharest was produced by the former communist government of Chisinau, "who craved for the international isolation of the Republic of Moldova and its flying into the bear's arms". According to Hadarca, the Basescu's visit is long-waited, first of all, because he comes with a new message in reanimation of the relations between the Republic of Moldova and Romania and can give a new impulse to them.

"The former communist government longed for hostile, inimical, and non-constructive relations with Bucharest. And now, it is necessary to restore this policy, which has a strategic importance for the Republic of Moldova", states Ion Hadarca.

According to the head of the LP's parliamentary faction, the fact that the Romanian President is accompanied by an important delegation of officials, businesspeople, representatives of local public administration proves the seriousness of the intentions of Bucharest to restore pragmatic and close relations with the Republic of Moldova. "The visit of the Minister of Exterior offers important opportunities, among others for appointing a new Romanian ambassador to Chisinau and opening two new consulates in Balti and Cahul", said Ion Hadarca, mentioning that Chisinau itself was in the process of making a final decision on appointing an ambassador to Bucharest.

In his turn, the Deputy Prime Minister Ion Negrei declared that the relations with Bucharest were very special for Chisinau, considering their historical and cultural closeness, and the expectations were also special for that reason. "Having so much in common, we have found ourselves in different boats - Romanian is in the EU, and the Republic of Moldova is outside, with the status of an independent state. It will be great if Romania becomes that motor orientating us to the UE, having the experience of adhesion and of a member state - it would be the most successful result of the visit of the Romanian President Traian Basescu to Chisinau and of the future relations between Romanian and the Republic of Moldova", stated Ion Negrei.


According to his statements the past tensions in bilateral relations were caused by non-democratic actions of the former communist government of Chisinau. On the other hand, Ion Negrei states that the issue of Romanian language in the Republic of Moldova, of its correct name and its introduction into constitutional documents is a priority for the government from Chisinau and it will be done „because the issue of the language is also the issue of the kind of country we want to live in - one were the truth prevails, or one which continues to live a lie". „Therefore, since the actual government of Chisinau is so open, the issue of the language should also be solved, from the point of view of the scientific truth - that means to have the right name of the language stipulated in the official documents", the Moldovan official states.
The leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Marian Lupu mentioned in a press statement that the visit of the President of Romania, Traian Basescu, to the Republic of Moldova is a proof of the fact that our bilateral relations are returning to normal.

"The tension, mutual accusations and insults which characterized the relations between Moldova and Romania in the previous period were not beneficial for either of the two countries.", the leader adds, mentioning also the fact that the citizens of the two states who faced the lines in front of the consulates, problems at the border and missed economic opportunities were most affected by such periods when the relations with Romania were not so good.

The evolutions in our bilateral relations from the last few months - the elimination of visas for Romanian citizens, execution and ratification of the European Convention on Small Cross- border Traffic, the decision to remove the barbed wire along the border between Moldova and Romania represent a good start for the initiation and strengthening of constructive, friendly, mutually beneficial relations.

On Wednesday and Thursday the Romanian President Traian Basescu makes an official visit to Chisinau, at the invitation of the interim president Mihai Ghimpu. Basescu is accompanied by an important delegation of ministers, officials, business people and representatives of local public administration and will meet all decision makers from Chisinau, planning to visit Cahul town from the South of Moldova as well, were Romania intends to open a new consulate.

 

 



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