PM Tariceanu, Minister of Defense, Teodor Melescanu, and the Minister of External Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu, took the decision to send 120 Romanian soldiers in Ciad without having the approval from the Parliament and from the Supreme Council for the Country’s Defense
CIAD | Three dignitaries take silent decisions for Romania
PM Tariceanu, Minister of Defense, Teodor Melescanu, and the Minister of External Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu, took the decision to send 120 Romanian soldiers in Ciad without having the approval from the Parliament and from the Supreme Council for the Country’s Defense (SCCD).
During the SCCD Meeting on the 18th of December 2007, PM Tariceanu presented a notice regarding the proposals of army missions outside Romania for 2008 (facsimile 1). Based on this document, the Romanian President informed the Romanian Parliament for the missions for 2008 to receive the approvals (facsimile 2). For the chapter regarding the EU missions in Africa, like the one in Ciad, the PM and the Minister of Defense have written in the document approved by the SCCD the number 2, which means Romania is to send 2 observers. We wonder how we got to 120 soldiers. Who put this great responsibility on Romania’s shoulders? The answer is quite simple: the Prime Minister, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, the Minister of Defense, Teodor Melescanu, and the Minister of External Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu. On the 30th of January 2008, they sent a note to SCCD in order to justify their stupid action. If there isn’t a budget plan at the Defense as well as in the Parliament, the troop sending is illegal. One of the two minister said to the EU that Romania would send 120 soldiers to CIAD, without having the approval from the Parliament and from the Supreme Council for the Country’s Defense (SCCD). This is an extremely serious problem, which should lead to the resignation of the one who made the monumental mistake and the abuse of getting Romania to war without the legal approval!
What does Romania have to do with CIAD and what do the Romanian soldiers look there, in case we have an answer for the first question? Jurnalul National will show you the chronology of a new internal dispute with the Romanian soldiers as victims this time. The soldiers will become cannon fodder in the African hell. Besides the flags that are almost identical, a European mission unites the two countries at present. The mission is based on a mandate of the UN Security Council: EUFOR Ciad-RCA. 3,700 soldiers from 14 countries of the European Union will be sent for the Ciad operation for one year together with other 22 countries that are present at the Operational General Headquarters. Romania, Austria, Finland, Spain, Greece, Italy, Holland, Portugal and Slovenia are the countries that promised to send troops there, but the final decision is to be taken by the SCCD of every country, including Romania.
In October, the Minister of Defense, Teodor Melescanu, announced that, because this is the first year for Romania as EU member, it is important for us to take part in a EU mission, but we are yet to find out how many soldiers we’ll send there”. Afterwards, in November, he confirmed the fact that Romania was to send military troops to Ciad. On the 1st of December 2007, Mediafax announced that the French Minister of External Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, who had a meeting with his Romanian counterpart, Adrian Cioroianu, had asked for the Romanian support for the international mission in Ciad. He had asked for military and material support and the request was about to be analyzed by the Administration in Bucharest. During last week’s Government session, PM Tariceanu announced the approval of a notice regarding the participation of 120 Romanian soldiers in the EUFOR mission in Ciad-RCA as part of the French troops. The notice had been sent to SCCD. The Minister of External Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu, stated last week in Brussels that, as far as the Romanian participation in the Ciad mission is concerned, Traian Basescu was to sign the Memorandum for Romania’s participation with an infantry squadron. “I believe that the discussions between the Romanian and French Presidents at the beginning of the following week will be a further step in this file”, Cioroianu added. On Monday, after the meeting with the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, President Traian Basescu stated that Romania would take part in the EU force under the terms established by the UN Security Council and the EU. France will lead the operations.
Yesterday, PM Tariceanu stated “this is not a Government decision, but a memorandum that the SCCD is to approve it”. He added the issue wasn’t mentioned in the discussion with the French President. The statements come after official sources had told Mediafax that Traian Basescu “had been taken by surprise by the totally unprofessional approach” of ministers Melescanu and Cioroianu, who agreed to send troops to CIAD without the approval of the SCCD. The Minister of Defense, Teodor Melescanu, stated the President had received the notice made by the two ministries two weeks ago. He added the issue had been discussed upon in the SCCD session, but a decision is yet to be taken.
The Senate Defense Commission decided to call the Minister of Defense, Teodor Melescanu, about the troop sending to Ciad. The President of the Commission, Cristian Diaconescu, says the Parliament members want to see whether the Constitutional terms have been respected as well as the ones of the Law no. 42 in 2004. “In the case in which military troops are sent into war zones by a resolution of the Security Council, like the case of Ciad, the President has to inform the Parliament about this and the Supreme Council’s approval is needed as well”, Diaconescu explains.
The decision of the Constitutional Court in Romania that says the law on which the functioning of the National Council for the Study of the Security Archives (NCSSA) was based broke the fundamental law of the country resulted in virulent reactions from several areas of the Romanian society. Some members of the Constitutional Court have been attacked and there have been suggestions that there was a connection between the verdict that annulled the old NCSSA and the Council’s investigations regarding the magistrates that collaborated or not with the former Security as a Political Police. The situation has been observed by the media in other countries as well and this convinced the Constitutional Court to translate the decision in English and French. The English version of the decision no 16 on the 10th of January 2008 has been uploaded on the Court’s website and can be read integrally.
• Translated by Sorin Bălan