BALKANS DANUBIAM EX-USSR MOLDOVA ROMANIA
* The future of Bucharest-Chisinau relations/reunification becomes a genuine topic of discussion
On Tuesday, Romania celebrated 100 years since the union of Bessarabia with Romania. To mark the occasion, the Romanian Parliament met in a solemn session, where speeches were given and a declaration was adopted.
The document reads that Parliament deems legitimate the wish of those citizens of the Republic of Moldova who support the union with Romania as a natural next step in the process of the development and affirmation of the Romanian nation. Romania and its citizens have always been ready to welcome such a wish, which would be the expression of the Moldovan citizen’s sovereign will.
After that the deputies of the Party of Socialists were indignant at meeting (29/03/2018) of the parliament with the scandalous decision of the Romanian parliament to unite with Moldova, which was adopted recently in Bucharest, including in the presence of some members of the Moldovan parliament.
“Then 68 deputies confirmed what 80% of Moldovans believe – that we are an independent state. Among these 68 also you, Mr. Candu, were and openly voted together with the whole faction for that declaration. Therefore, in the light of the incident, it is proposed to take a decision of the parliament that we confirm our vote and condemn what happened in the Senate of Romania,” he said.
“When children from the 9th grade come to the 1st or 2nd grades, so that students sign declarations about “unire” with the neighboring state, when 50 mayors who are members of the PDM sign declarations about the unire, you tell us that there is no danger,” the deputy added.
Separately, Vlad Batryncha appealed on behalf of the faction of the PSRM to Speaker Andrian Candu.
“As long as you attended that meeting, we suggest that you resign, because you have no moral right to represent the people of the Republic of Moldova. You yourself stated that 80% of Moldovans want to live in a sovereign state. By your presence there you proved that you do not represent the people of the Republic of Moldova, so we suggest you to voluntarily resign,” he said.
It is worth noting that the parliamentary majority did not support the initiative of the PSRM and did not include the initiative to take a decision on the confirmation of voting for the declaration on the inviolability of the sovereignty, independence and neutrality of Moldova in the agenda of the meeting. After that, the Socialists left the session in protest.
A province with a predominantly Romanian-speaking population that was part of the Tsarist Empire 106 years, Bessarabia became united with the mother country, Romania, in 1918. Years later, in 1940, the Soviet Union re-annexed it, under an ultimatum, and the present-day Republic of Moldova was created on part of that territory.
With the aim of stifling and denying the Romanian identity of the local population, the Soviet authorities invented a Moldovan language and identity, different from the Romanian one. Then, to mark its territory, in 1992, Moscow supported with troops the pro-Russian separatist ambitions in Transdienstr.
During every election held in Moldova, there is a fierce fight between the politicians who support the country’s European integration and those who would like to bring Moldova back under Russia’s sphere of influence. Therefore, things are by no means simple, and a reunification with Romania would take time, as Dan Dungaciu, the Director of the International Political Sciences and International Relations of the Romanian Academy said:
“If the citizens of the Republic of Moldova ever want to reunite with Romania, this will be done in keeping with the international legislation in force, with the provisions of the final agreements signed in Helsinki, which speak of border inviolability and also of the legitimacy of a decision that is the result of both parties’ common wish.
The situation in Chisinau is different, because official standpoints are, maybe not radically different, but in any case different.
The Moldovan officials’ message is clear: on the one hand, they are interested in the reintegration of the Republic of Moldova, which means the Transdniester region, because they want to avoid what happened in 1992 and, secondly, if a new relationship with Romania is ever to be considered, this must be done by means of a referendum. In other words, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova would have to decide that in a referendum.”
Until reunification becomes a genuine topic of discussion, Romanian officials agree that what is important right now is to strengthen the special relations between Romania and the Republic of Moldova and support the European and Euro-Atlantic efforts of that small east-European state, which is the poorest in Europe. As Moldovan society is divided and the Russian propaganda strong, Romania’s support is essential.
* The publication is not an editorial. It reflects solely the point of view and argumentation of the author. The publication is presented in the presentation. Start in the previous issue. The original is available at: crimemoldova.com
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