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Bucharest, Aug 27 /Agerpres/ - National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday sent a message on Republic of Moldova's Independence Day, in which he maintains that this country has been and it still is Euro-Atlantic Romania's major theme.
'The Republic of Moldova celebrates today, August 27, the Independence Day. Romania was the first state to have recognised this country's independence on September 3, 1991. The course of the 23 years has been anything but easy for the Republic of Moldova. It confronted not only successive communist ruling, but also a separatist war, resulted in the control loss on 10 per cent of its territory,' Iohannis says in the message remitted to AGERPRES.
He shows that, in spite of the past difficulties, after the Revolution of the youth of April 2009 in Chisinau and the resumption of power of the democratic and pro-European forces, it can currently be noted that the Republic of Moldova managed to fully capitalise on its status as Eastern Partnership member, having obtained the annulment of visas for its citizens and the signing, together with Ukraine and Georgia, of the Association Agreement with the European Union, the free trade component, included.
Iohannis underscores that the Republic of Moldova remains a major theme for Romania.
'In all these 23 years, Romania has naturally been always supporting the Republic of Moldova and its citizens on this uninterrupted path to freedom, dignity, prosperity and democracy. The Republic of Moldova has been and remains Euro-Atlantic Romania's major theme. The common elements of language, history, civilisation and culture make from Romania's relation with its neighbour across the Prut River a single episode in Europe. Regardless of the political orientation of the power in Bucharest, Romania has a duty with the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, derived exactly from this special relation,' the Liberal says.
He believes that, in the current regional geopolitical context marked by instability, it is Romania's duty to contribute to guaranteeing the European prospect of the Republic of Moldova.
'The European path of the Republic of Moldova is still long, without any formal guarantees of accession to the EU, that is why Bucharest's efforts must be complete. It is any president of Romania's duty to prioritise this problem and turn it into an objective of political and social consensus,' the PNL leader also says.
Iohannis points out that the support granted to the Republic of Moldova does not only resume to the institutional one.
'It is about a cooperation strengthening on all areas, of the economic relations, the cultural, ecclesiastical and political dialogue not only on a state level, but also between local communities. Moreover, we must support the projects that contribute to increasing the energy independence of the Republic of Moldova, for this state to become independent all the way,' he shows.
The PNL Chairman is certain that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova will confirm again the European path through their vote this autumn, they will authorise the keeping in power of an alliance in favour of European integration that will make the democratic reforms initiated be irreversible and consecrate the European affiliation of the Republic of Moldova.
'I guarantee the citizens of the Republic of Moldova that they have in the National Liberal Party a supporter in this entire strenuous process of European integration and in maintaining the relation between the two countries at the intensity and level the citizens of the two states, by free will, want to bring it. I believe in the European project of the Republic of Moldova and in the fact that we can have a common future in the European Union!,' Klaus Iohannis concludes. AGERPRES
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