Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean on Wednesday had a meeting with OSCE's High Commissioner for National Minorities Astrid Thors, on a two-day visit she is paying to Romania, on an invitation from Corlatean. The visit is part of the frequent dialogue Romania carries out with OSCE's High Commissioner for National Minorities.
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Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean told Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner for National Minorities Astrid Thors that the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) would continue to actively monitor the situation of the Romanian ethnics in Ukraine, as well as the manner in which their rights are observed and promoted, MAE reports in a press release issued on Wednesday.
MAE points out that during the meeting the two officials had a comprehensive opinion exchange on the problems related to the protection and promotion of the rights of the persons belonging to the national minorities, with discussions having focused on the observance of the rights of the Romanian communities in the neighbour states.
Corlatean approached the issue of the Romanian minority in Ukraine, saying, in the context of the recent abrogation by the Ukrainian Parliament of the law on the principles of the state policy in the linguistic area, that it was important that Ukraine maintained the already earned protection level of the persons belonging to the Romanian minority in Ukraine, including in regards to linguistic rights.
The release underscores that the OSCE High Commissioner highlighted the similarity of the position of the Office she coordinates and MAE's position concerning the developments in Ukraine.
Corlatean voiced his hope that the new authorities of Kiev would attach importance to the level of protection of the rights of persons belonging to the national minorities in Ukraine, with the observance of the international commitments assumed as part of various international conventions in the area of fundamental rights protection.
Referring to the issue of the Romanian ethnics of Serbia, Corlatean highlighted the importance of the unbiased observance of their rights and of ensuring access to church services in their mother tongue.
At the same time, the two officials talked about the situation of the schools with Latin writing of Transnistria, with Corlatean showing that the prospects for aggravation, highlighted by the unilateral actions of the de facto authorities of Tiraspol against the 8 schools, required fast, efficient and concrete reactions, including through the permanent involvement of OSCE's High Commissioner. AGERPRES