Romania's president addresses Danube issue

May 1, 2000

(BBC) - Romania's President Emil Constantinescu considers that countries in the area should unite their efforts to solve the issue ofthe Danube's deblocking. The head of the Romanian state said on Friday [28th April] , in his address to the seventh meeting of Central Europe's Heads of State in Hungarian city of Szekesfehervar, that EU and NATO integration would be faster if candidate countries united their efforts to create a "synchronized, coherent" space. The future's dangers are the "new forms of fragmentary isolationism of ethnic enclaves", Constantinescu said.

Romania's president considers that Europe is a common space of civilization which shares the same values, an affiliation proved also by the will of the states for the EU and NATO integration. The integration progresses driven "in the greatest extent" the rhythm of Romania's internal progress, Constantinescu added, saying that foreign investors had gone mainly to the countries whose integration had been more and more a certitude". At the end of his address, President Constantinescu said that no major problem existed between Central European states but on the contrary, common values and a common project of integration.

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