Emil Constantinescu in Ohrid , Macedonia

Macedonia National Information Agency reports about Mr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania speech:

Ohrid, February 20 (MIA) – There are moments in history, crucial for the future of a country when politicians should reach decisions that are of high state interest stated Romania’s former president Emil Constantinescu Friday at the sidelines of an international conference “Macedonia on the Road to EU and NATO, held in Ohrid.

He pointed out some of his personal experiences before reporters, saying they might benefit Macedonia in its efforts to join EU and NATO.

– Politicians should bear the responsibility and reach decisions that will settle existing problems. To prove that these claims are not only theoretical, I will point out the fact that on the first day of my presidential mandate I decided not to run for a second term only to have my hands not tied in terms of reaching decisions throughout my presidency, Constantinescu said.

He added that Romania in order to join the European family at first had to demonstrate readiness for reaching decisions that were not entirely in compliance with some of its historical interests.

– I personally signed the accord with Ukraine under which Romania was practically ceding the Bukovina province that historically belonged to Romania, stated Constantinescu.

Commenting the ongoing Skopje-Athens relations, the former Romanian president said there was a lack of political dialogue, which “results in a frozen dispute that is harmful for everyone, the Balkans and Europe”.

– The relations between Romania and Moldavia would be interesting for you. Romania is comprised of three provinces – Transylvania, Muntenia and Moldova. The forth part, which was known as Bessarabia in the past, nowadays is the Republic of Moldova. There is also a region called Moldova in Romania, but Romania didn’t block Moldova in its efforts to Euro-Atlantic integration, said Constantinescu referring to Greece’s remarks regarding the constitutional name of Macedonia.

In his opinion, the Balkans’ Euro-integrations was an inevitable process and one of the priorities of the European Union. He stated that Romania prior the Bucharest NATO Summit, during and after it had been constantly supporting Macedonia’s prompt integration to EU and NATO
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