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Comitetul Româno-American pentru Basarabia se adresează Congresului american în vederea sprijinului pentru reunificarea R/ Moldova cu România

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08_the_romanianComitetul Româno-American pentru Basarabia s-a adrest printr-o scrisoare Congresului american în vederea sprijinului pe care SUA trebuie să îl acorde pentru reunificarea R. Moldova cu România, transmite Romanian Global News.

 

The Romanian - American Committee

for Bessarabia

Romania, Bessarabia and the Republic of Moldova

Statement prepared on behalf of the American citizens of Romanian descent.

Hon. Sen. Bob Corker, Chairman

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

423 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510-6225

Honorable Senator Bob Corker,

Honorable Members of the Committee,

We write you as responsible American citizens of Romanian origin proud of the new

relations between the United States and Romania. While most Romanians praise America and

greet the increased bilateral cooperation, there are yet a few touchy issues that must be

addressed for an even deeper friendship. One such issue is raised by the formerly Romanian

lands located east of the Prut River.

The lands between the rivers Prut and Nistru were part of the Romanian nation since

times immemorial. In the course of history, however, two provinces of this region, Bukovina inthe North and Bessarabia in the East, were annexed by Austria and respectively, Russia. Theend of the First World War remedied this injustice and, based on their Romanian majority, the two provinces reunited with Romania. While Austria renounced any further claims, the newly created USSR sought continuously to re-annex Bessarabia. Indeed, following the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact of 1939, the Soviet troops invaded Romania and annexed again not onlyBessarabia, but also northern Bukovina. All these historic events are explained in details in theU.S. Senate Resolution 148 of June 26,1991.

March 27 of this year marks the centennial of the modern reunification of Bessarabia

with Romania. It is, however, a sad anniversary. The truncated land called the Republic of

Moldova is manipulated by Putin and by his men in Chisinau. Consequently, the population ofthe land suffers political oppression and economic hardship. Romania, on the other hand, is

currently a member of the European Union, a solid member of NATO, and a staunch ally of theUnited States. In the new political climate and the new geo-political configuration of Europe, Romania is one of the main pivots of U.S. policy in Eastern Europe. In recent years, Romaniantroops have also fought and sacrificed together with the American troops in the Middle East.

It is worth reminding that Malborne Graham, an American diplomat, published an

article in 1944 titled "The Legal Status of the Bukovina and Bessarabia" (American Journal of

International Law, October 1944). He wrote that this disputed area of Eastern Europe

represented "the most critical territorial problem bequeathed to the present generation as a

direct legacy of the age-old Eastern Question." This territorial problem remained unsolved ever

since. In 1989, after the dismemberment of the USSR, Moldova declared its independence.

Allegedly, the new republic considered the idea of rejoining Romania, but for hidden reasons,

the former communists who took over the power in Bucharest after Ceausescu, had different

interests and they ignored the chance of reunification.

Honorable senators, we want to assure you that a united Romania will be a factor of

increased stability in East Europe and a real friend of the United States. And we appeal to you

to consider the idea of a reunified Romania.

In closing we wish to quote a few lines o the above-mentioned resolution SR 148:

... To express the sense of the Senate that the United States should support the right to selfdetermination of the people of the Republic of Moldavia and northern Bucovina... Now,

Therefore, be it Resolved, that it is the sense of the Senate that the United States Government

should.

(1) Support the right of self-determination of the people of Soviet-occupied Moldavia and

northern Bucovina and issue a statement to that effect; and

(2) Support future efforts by the Government of Moldavia to negotiate peacefully, if they so

wish, the reunification of Romania with Moldavia and Northern Bucovina as established in the

Paris Peace Treaty of 1920, the prevailing norms of international law, and in conformity with

Principle 1 of the Helsinki Final Act

Semnează:

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Dima, President

Lia Roberts, Executive Vice President

Neculai Popa, Public Relations Vice President

Valentin V. Tepordei, Communications Vice President

Nicholas Buda, Vice President for Youth Issues

Alexandra Tomescu, Vice President for Canada