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DEPT FOR EUR/NCE AARON JENSEN; STATE ALSO FOR ISN/WMDT AND TIM KATSAPIS
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PTER, KNNP, MCAP, PINR, PINS, PARM, PREL, RO SUBJECT: ROMANIA SUBSCRIBES TO STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO COMBAT NUCLEAR TERRORISM
REF: A. STATE 21535
B. ELLIS-BENTHIEN/JENSEN 03/30/07 EMAIL
As noted ref b, the GOR responded positively, and now has endorsed formally the Global Initiative's Statement of Principles. On April 6, the embassy received the following note verbale and statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania:
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Bucharest, 5 April 2007
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States of America and has the pleasure to inform that, in reference to the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, Romania is honored to subscribe to the Statement of Principles of the Initiative.
This engagement aims at enhancing the excellent cooperation that already exists between our countries in the field. The Statement of Romania in support of the principles of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism is attached.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United States of America the assurances of its highest consideration.
Statement of Romania on the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
Romania fully supports the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism launched in St. Petersburg, on July 15, 2006.
With the launch of this initiative, the United States and the Russian Federation have taken an essential step towards developing a global network of like-minded partners to prevent terrorists from acquiring and using a nuclear weapon.
Romania, as a state party to the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its 2005 Amendment, United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1540, is committed to the Statement of Principles of the Initiative to develop partnership capacity to combat nuclear terrorism on a determined and systematic basis.
In this context, we also attach particular importance to the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the fields of nuclear safety and security based on its ongoing activiies and technical expertise.
In 2004 Romania endrsed the PSI interdiction principles, actively prticipating in numerous practical applications. he counter-proliferation policies complement the taditional multilateral diplomacy, contributing t the diversification of cooperation, through proactive mechanisms. Romania views counter-proliferation policy through the lenses of its geographical position - at the cross-roads of European energy corridors, as a border member state of NATO and the EU, in the proximity of the Black Sea and in the neighborhood of regions with high-level risk of illicit trafficking. This essentially boosts the added value of the lessons learned and the increased operational capacity through PSI exercises.
In this light, Romania actively pursued the process of regional application of PSI principles in the Black Sea region and we are ready to support, based on the same approach, the Principles of the Global Initiative.
Romania believes that countries who share the common goals of the Global Initiative and are actively committed to combating nuclear terrorism should endorse the Statement of Principles to reinforce the joint efforts to increase international cooperation in combating this threat. By joining the Global Initiative, partner nations will have the opportunity to participate in joint exercises that support the development of their own capabilities, and under certain circumstances, call on the assistance of partner nations for emergency response, consequence management, and criminal justice functions.
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