Romania and Moldova start relations
Lazar Comanescu, the Romanian Foreign Affairs minister visited his Moldovan counterpart Andrei Stratan on Monday. A series of meetings held by Comanescu with top Republic of Moldova officials was aimed at marking a period of ice-breaking in the bilateral relations to “fortify political, economic and social relations” between the two countries.
Out of the meeting with Andrei Stratan, Lazar Comanescu also held talks with Moldovan Prime Minister Zinaida Grechany and President Vladimir Voronin.
As the media did not have access to official meetings, statements made by Comanescu and Stratan fail to provide a clear view of the progress in bilateral relations. Some considered the lack of access a sign that some issues such as border treaties are still taboo subjects.
The Moldovan Foreign minister said the agenda of talks spanned a large number of bilateral issues, but did specify any in particular. He assured that talks for “solving existing problems” continue.
Meanwhile, Moldovan officials suggested that they were ready to re-start talks on the establishment of new Romanian consulates in the Republic of Moldova. Foreign minister Stratan said that there was a possibility that talks on opening consulates in Balti and Cahul may be held again.
Comanescu’s visit in Chisinau is the first high-level visit of a Romanian official in the Republic of Moldova after Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu‘s visit in July 2007.