Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Romania deplores Moldovan expulsion

BUCHAREST, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu deplored on Wednesday the Moldovan decisions to expel two Romanian diplomats.

"I regret the fact that, unlike the attitude of the Romanian authorities, which is one of cooperation and support of Moldova's European aspirations, the Moldovan authorities take such decisions," said Tariceanu, referring to the fact that two diplomats with the Romanian Embassy in Chisinau were declared persona non grata.

He underscored he asked the Foreign Ministry to analyze the situation, to decide what measures should be taken in such cases.

Two diplomats working with the Romanian Embassy in Chisinau have been declared persona non grata in the Republic of Moldova, on grounds of "incompatibility between their activity and their diplomatic status."

According to a press release of the Moldovan Foreign Ministry, quoted by local news agencies, Romania's Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova Filip Teodorescu was summoned on Wednesday to the ministry, to be informed that two diplomats of the Romanian diplomatic mission have been declared persona non grata and must leave Moldova in 24 hours.

The release does not specify the names of the expelled diplomats and the Romanian Embassy in Chisinau has not revealed their names either.

The Moldovan Foreign Ministry announced that Moldova's Ambassador to Romania Lidia Gutu was asked to return to Chisinau for consultations.

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