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Romanian officials motivate Romania's bid as non-permanent member in UN Security Council


Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Interior Minister Carmen Dan and Presidential Advisor Bodgan Aurescu highlighted on Tuesday Romania's assets, during the conference on launching the promotion campaign of Romania's bid for a non-permanent member seat in the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.

"With a network of over 150 embassies and consulates worldwide, I believe we have the capacity to act efficiently and rise to the hight of the obligations incumbent on us in exerting the mandate in the Security Council. Romania is fully prepared to take on these responsibilities and asks for the confidence of the other UN member states by granting the vote in the upcoming elections of June 2019. (...) I assure you that our mandate at the UN Security Council will be pragmatic and result-oriented," Melescanu pointed out.

He mentioned that, beyond the candidacy matter, it is important that in this period a debated be launched in respect to the UN relevance to the current security environment and the role of multilateral diplomacy. Melescanu brought to mind that the campaign for promoting Romania's candidacy to the Security Council was officially launched at the UN headquarters on June 2.

"I had a series of meetings with UN high officials, starting with the Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on the topical issues on the organization agenda, as well as with permanent representatives of various states to the UN and with the geopolitical regional groups, aimed at obtaining support for our candidacy. In the interval left until the elections, Romania must further promote an active conduct in the international organisations and in the multilateral debates, showing continuity in its expertise areas, as well as currentness of debated topics. Among these I would briefly bring to mind: the post-conflict stability and reconstruction, the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, education for peace, migration, sustainable development, eradication of poverty, climate changes," the Foreign Minister said.

Melescanu underscored that achieving this goal cannot be done but by "conjugating the efforts of all segments of the Romanian society," be them state institutions, political figures, the civil society, the academic environment or mass media.

"The mission Romania is planning on assuming under a new mandate of non-permanent member of the Security Council can be resumed in the words of great Romanian diplomat Nicolae Titulescu: 'Romania has always supported collective security, indivisible peace and solving all differences by peaceful means.' These were the coordinates Romania's foreign policy and foreign action have followed and continue to follow," he said.

Interior Minister Carmen Dan said that this candidacy of Romania represents "an ambitious, but fully attainable goal."

"I believe that Romania has proved it is a professional, fair and stable partner. (...) To obtain a new mandate within the UN Security Council, all public order and national security responsibly contribute. I am positive that the experience gathered during the other previous four mandates will significantly weigh in making the decision," she said.

Dan also pointed out that for 19 years, the Interior Ministry (MAI) has been successfully participated in peace-keeping missions under the UN, NATO, EU or OSCE aegis.

"Since 2016, from among all EU member states, Romania through MAI has each month ranked first in terms of number of participants in UN missions with police component. A number of 27 MAI employees hold visible and of great responsibility offices within the UN missions, and an officer with the Romanian Gendarmerie is the EUROGENDFOR headquarters commander. MAI also takes pride, for instance, in having the best police woman on an international level, a distinction awarded by a UN association," Carmen Dan pointed out.

Presidential Advisor Bogdan Aurescu stressed that the UN represents in the first place "a system of values," highlighting in this respect the importance of observing international law.

"The respect for international law has been and remains one of the essential constant factors of Romania's foreign policy, is part of the essential core of foreign policy. We find this constant element in all foreign policy chapters in the governance programmes of all Romania's Governments. (...) A former UN secretary general said that the UN wasn't created to take us to heaven, but to shelter us from hell. It is a truth that conveys the fact that, ultimately, the organization is, of course, a perfectible system, but without which today we would have been in a much worse place on this planet," he said.