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Newsline: The Romanian Embassy is among the few diplomatic missions still remaining open in Libya

The Romanian embassy is among the few diplomatic missions still open in Tripoli, where confrontations between rival Islamic militia finalised, according to the estimates, with almost 200 dead, in the two last weeks, the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero writes in its online issue. According to the diplomatic sources quoted in the Italian press, the only embassies still open in Tripoli are those of Romania, Italy, Malta and Hungary.



Newsline: Hungary dismayed as Romania bars new consulates

Romania has rejected Hungary’s application to open consular offices in Oradea (Hungarian name: Nagyvárad) and Targu Mures (Marosvásárhely). A spokeswoman for Hungary’s Foreign Ministry said the decision is “incomprehensible” because Romania has not given any substantive explanation and Hungary has never rejected a similar request by a foreign country. She said the decision went against European practices. Hungary has an embassy in Bucharest and consulates in Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda) and Cluj (Kolozsvár).


Newsline: Montenegro opens an embassy in Romania

Montenegro opened an embassy in Bucharest officially, in the presence of the minister of foreign affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, Igor Luksic and the Romanian minister of foreign affairs Titus Corlatean. Titus Corlatean and Igor Luksic had a meeting at the end of which the Romanian minister said that he was “very glad”that officially there will be an embassy of the Republic of Montenegro in Bucharest.


Newsline: British diplomat dead after hotel fall in Romania

British diplomats say a 46-year-old British man has died after falling from a hotel window in the northwest of the country. Romanian media reported that the death was a suicide and the man was depressed. A spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office, Simon Fraser, confirmed media reports that the man was a member of the diplomatic staff at the British embassy in Bucharest but did not name him or provide further details, citing privacy. Police spokeswoman for the region Dumitrita Rus said the man died at about noon yesterday after falling from the top floor of the hotel in the city of Baia Mare. Realitatea TV reported the man jumped from the seventh floor of the Mara Hotel in Baia Mare, some 450 kilometres northwest of Bucharest. It broadcast images of a body in a white sheet being put into a vehicle.


Newsline: Romanian TV fined for ‘Jew-burning’ song following condemnation from US embassy

Romania faced mounting outrage after a traditional choir performed a Christmas carol on public television that indirectly glorified the Holocaust and said Jews should be burned in a chimney. The song, shown on the country’s new TVR3 channel on December 6, drew strong condemnation from religious groups and the US embassy in Bucharest. The government has also distanced itself from the controversial broadcast. The century-old carol, performed by a folk group in the northwestern Cluj region, features lyrics that use the pejorative term ‘jidovi’ for Jews and includes a line that says Jews are good ‘only in the chimney, only in smoke’. Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean vehemently objected to the song. The US embassy called the broadcast ‘an unacceptable display of anti-Semitism that must be condemned in the strongest, most unequivocal terms’. Romania’s Broadcasting Council has imposed a fine of 50,000 RON ($A17,325) on the network that aired the program. Romania for a long time denied having participated in the mass killing and deportation of Jews during World War II. Between 280,000 and 380,000 Romanian and Ukrainian Jews died in Romania and the territories under its control during pro-Nazi marshal Ion Antonescu’s regime, according to an international historians’ commission headed by Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel.


Newsline: Singapore welcomes verdict on former Romanian diplomat case

Singapore welcomes the Bucharest court verdict on the hit-and-run case involving former Romanian diplomat Silviu Ionescu, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said. The court had sentenced Ionescu to 3 years in prison for hitting 3 pedestrians while driving in Singapore in 2009. MFA said: “Singapore welcomes the verdict delivered by the Bucharest Sector 3 Court, which sentenced former Romanian charge d’affaires in Singapore Dr Silviu Ionescu to three years in jail after a trial lasting two years and eight months. “Dr Ionescu was found guilty of the charges of manslaughter, negligent bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident.”


Newsline: Ex-Romanian diplomat jailed for fatal Singapore hit-and-run

A Romanian court handed a three-year prison sentence to a former Romanian diplomat for killing a man in a hit-and-run accident in Singapore. A Bucharest district court sentenced Silviu Ionescu, a former embassy attache in Singapore, after he was convicted of manslaughter and fleeing the site of the accident. Neither Ionescu nor his attorneys were present at the court. Ionescu later said he would appeal the ruling, calling the Romanian justice system unfair. Ionescu had testified that he had been set up by authorities in the Asian city-state but did not explain why anyone would want to do that. He was accused of hitting two pedestrians with his car early on Dec. 15, 2009, and then hitting and injuring a third person while driving away. One of the injured men died 10 days later. Ionescu returned to Romania immediately after the accident, citing diplomatic immunity. He said he had not been driving the embassy vehicle because it had been stolen earlier.