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Update No: 130 - (26/03/08)
No to Kosovo
The biggest issue in Balkan politics right now is the proclaimed independence of
Kosovo. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia on February 17,
which was rejected by Serbia as illegal. The situation in Kosovo has remained
tense since its declaration.
Romania's decision of not recognizing the independence of Kosovo remains
unchanged, Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu said on March 20. Romania will not
change its stand, even though Serbia's closest neighbours, Bulgaria, Croatia and
Hungary, have officially recognized Kosovo as an independent state. Romanian
President Traian Basescu and other Bucharest officials have repeatedly said
Romania will not recognize the independence declared unilaterally by the
Pristina-based ethnic Albanian authorities.
Romania has its own secessionist provinces in Transylvania, grabbed from Hungary
after the First World War and populated mostly by Magyars.
"Romania has clearly said that, in the absence of a UN resolution and in
the absence of the observance of the international law, especially of the
concept of territorial integrity and inviolability of borders, it cannot
acknowledge Kosovo's independence. It is not easy for us to be in this position,
but it is one of national interest," Basescu had said in December at the
winter European council in Brussels.
"Romania is against a solution that is not accepted bilaterally both by
Belgrade and Pristina," Cioroianu said soon after Kosovo's declaration of
independence. "We have showed support, in principle, to a bilaterally
accepted solution," he said.
NATO summit imminent
Actually there is an even more significant event in Romanian politics right now
– the hosting of the next NATO summit.
This takes place over April 2-4. It is an almost inconceivable occasion. Who
twenty years ago would have thought that Bucharest would host a meeting of NATO?
Romania, a NATO member since 2004, has 500 soldiers in NATO missions in
Afghanistan and 80 soldiers in Kosovo. There are also about 400 soldiers in
President Traian Basescu said that Romania supports having Albania, Macedonia
and Croatia join NATO. Basescu made the comment after meeting NATO'S secretary
general months before the summit in Bucharest. "Romania unreservedly
supports (NATO) enlargement with Croatia, Macedonia and Albania," Basescu
said. "Beyond enlargement, the summit wants to bring Serbia, Bosnia and
Montenegro closer to the alliance."
Basescu was echoing comments made by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop
Scheffer, who said the 27 allies would decide in the near future whether to
invite Croatia, Albania and Macedonia to join NATO at the summit in Bucharest.
De Hoop Scheffer also said that the alliance is considering closer ties with
Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia and Bosnia. The NATO secretary general was in Bucharest
for one day to oversee preparations for the April 2-4 summit. US President
George W. Bush and the government leaders of other NATO members will attend the
summit, which will be the largest in the alliance's history.