Statements of President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, at the joint press conference with President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Miroslav Lajčák

13:00 | 19 June 2018 |

President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, on Tuesday, 19 June, at the Cotroceni Palace, held a joint press statement together with President of the UN General Assembly, Mr .Miroslav Lajčák.

The translated transcript of the statements is the following:

President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis:

Good afternoon!

I would like to convey special thanks to President of the UN General Assembly, Mr Miroslav Lajčák, for having answered positively to my invitation to visit Romania, which I addressed to him last year, when we had a very good meeting at the UN headquarters in New York. We had very good discussions on that occasion. Then, Mr President had just taken over his mandate, with goals that I have considered very good. I encouraged him at that time to proceed resolvedly, which he did, I will come back to this point, and we have had very good talks today, too.

During the meeting, I have voiced Romania’s firm commitment to support the global order based on norms and principles and I have stressed that respecting the international law norms have been and will be a constant we are willing to build our policy on. 

The United Nations Organisation was set up ensuing a great global catastrophe with the aim to create a framework able to maintain peace and it remains the most representative and legitimate global forum and Romania was and is going on being a strong supporter of the activity of the UN. In an environment where traditional values, which we have adopted as well, are being questioned, I have reiterated our firm support for multilateral approaches. 

To common challenges we can respond only with collective solutions, and the UN, especially its General Assembly, provides the widest consultation and dialogue platform to find these solutions.

I have further talked with Mr President of the General Assembly about Romania’s six-month Presidency of the European Union Council, beginning on 1st January, when we will advocate and endorse a very close partnership between the European Union and the UN.  

With regard to other items of our talks today, I consider it good to stress that we have discussed about regional evolutions and Mr. President is a very expert judge of our region and I am very pleased that together we have managed to identify a common feature that may gain importance.  We are both convinced that the transatlantic relationship is extremely important, is part of the core of our values.

We have also discussed about security issues, the Black Sea, initiatives addressing both to security and to developing the Black Sea region. We have discussed issues related to development in general, and I wish to reiterate here the importance of the so-called Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, an agenda drawn up by the UN and practically adopted in 2015, which is very important for the development of our region. 

Mr. President was extremely interested in drafting a document, which is nearly finalised, namely the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular migration.  We have signals that negotiations will be concluded soon and will be successful. For this and for the way Mr. President Lajčák committed himself in developing the UN, I have congratulated him and I consider it important that a very well profiled politician in our region has turned into being not only President of the General Assembly, but that President distinctively marking this Presidency, which, even if it hasn’t been concluded yet, we can affirm it was a successful one

Question and answer session:

Journalist: Good afternoon! The Government is going to conclude the analysis deciding whether Romania moves its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (…) Mr. President Klaus Iohannis, would such a decision affect negotiations regarding Romania’s gaining a seat of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council? Are you aware of the state of play of this evaluation, have you talked with the representatives of the Government? Thank you!

President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis: I will be very sincere. Such a decision would immediately ruin any chance of Romania to be voted as non-permanent member of the Security Council not only now, but for the future, as well.  The second question, I am aware that within the Government an evaluation process has been initiated, the decision is not up to the Government, as you may remember, yet in case they wish to undertake an evaluation, they are allowed to. Hence I have not received any information on the state of play of this evaluation. Thank you!