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Romania concurs with the position taken by the eleven states of G20 towards Syria


Romania embraces the position taken on the occasion of the meeting in St. Petersburg by the leaders of the eleven countries of the G20 towards the situation in Syria, Romanian President Traian Basescu made an announcement on Monday.

'Yesterday, Romania adopted a position on Syria and it is my obligation to bring it to the attention of the media and the people, given that it is about a political commitment that Romania made [...] Following consultations with other state institutions, we decided that Romania should rally to this Declaration (made on the sidelines of the meeting of the G20 group - editor's note) of the eleven states. And I would like to enumerate now the eleven signatories of the Declaration: Australia, Canada, France, Italy , Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, UK and U.S.', said Basescu, in a statement at the Cotroceni Palace.

The head of state said there was no need to convoke the Supreme Council for Country Defence (CSAT) to discuss on the matter, since it was already consulted with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 'the state security structures'.

He underscored that the signatories of the Declaration are making an appeal to a firm international answer, so that such events will never occur again.

'The signatories plead for a firm resolution of the UN Security Council, considering the responsibilities incumbent to this Council. I will explain it to you briefly: because of the fact that the members that had the right to vote failed to meet an understanding it couldn't be adopted a resolution, which is also specified in the Declaration, while Romania remains one of the countries believing without any doubt that such problems need to be solved by the Security Council and not by use of force of arms', said Basescu.

The Declaration adopted by the eleven states asks the UN experts to present as soon as possible the result of the investigation that was carried out into the attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21.

According to President Traian Basescu, an important aspect is represented by the fact that the Declaration recognizes that no military solution is fit for Syria and that there is need of a peaceful, political solution.

'Although this is not very clearly stipulated, the Declaration remains open to both variants. Even if the most part of the Declaration refers to UN, Geneva and political solutions, while the military solution is said not to be fit for Syria, still, the variant of an attack without boots on the ground was not completely eliminated [..] I don't want to repeat myself, but I have to remind you: the military solution, regardless how precise it is pretended to be, involves major risk. First of all, the risk of a reaction from Damascus, a military reaction; secondly, the risk of the conflict to escalade into a regional one, given that there are several military or militarized factions operating in Syria controlled politically', Basescu added.

In this context, he underscored that, in the case of Syria, the military conflict should be avoided.

The leaders and representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Spain, turkey, UK and the USA have signed a joint declaration at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, last week.

The representatives of the eleven states condemned the chemical attack that took place in the Damascus suburbs on August 21. According to them, the evidence indicate very clearly that the Syrian government was the one responsible for this attack.

'We make an appeal to a firm international answer to this severe violation of the rules governing our world and abuse of the conscience of the world, a clear message to make all of us sure that something like thing won't ever happen again Those who committed these crimes should be made responsible [...] We are supporting the steps taken so far by the United States and other countries in the sense of reimposing the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons', showed the document that was adopted by the eleven states.

At the same time, the document recognizes the fact that there exists no military solution for Syria, the signatories reaffirming their commitment to seek for a peaceful political solution by fully observing the Geneva Communique of 2012.


President Basescu on a military solution in Syria: Romania does not have the required military resources


President Traian Basescu on Monday said that Romania will be a political partner to its allies in the Syrian file, but if a military solution is chosen, Romania will not have the military resources to match the kind of operation envisaged.

'Romania will be a political partner to its allies, but it does not have military resources to match the kind of operation envisaged so that it may take part in it. You all know perfectly well that the solution of boots on the ground, in which case Romania could have participated, is excluded. The military solution, if and when chosen, would be used against defence infrastructures or the aviation resources of Syria, the artillery resources of Syria, Syria's tank units, arsenals, with one exception, the facilities storing chemical ammo, because striking them would trigger a chemical disaster and I'd rather we did not find ourselves in the situation in which the only chance left to the Syrian regime is the chemical ammo,' Basescu told journalists at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace asked about Romania's position in the case of a military solution in Syria.

He reiterated the fact that a military decision in this case should not be taken before the release of the UN expert report on Syria, and that Romania is unreservedly supporting a negotiated solution.