Friday, March 7, 2008

EU Backs Romania In Danube Dispute

BalkanInsight.com

07 March 2008
Bucharest _ The European Commission will ask Ukraine to reconsider its decision to continue a major project on the River Danube, Romania’s Environment Minister said Thursday.

Ukraine decided January to continue with the project in the Bistroe Channel without any previous agreement with neighbouring Romania, the minister, Attila Korodi said.

He said the European Commission will send an official letter to Ukraine asking for an explanation and urge them to stop the project.

Korodi pointed out the Ukrainian project on a deep-water channel for traffic in the Danube will affect the environment in an important nature reserve in the Danube Delta, which is mainly on Romanian territory.

The Romanian Government will not cooperate with Ukraine in future environmental projects, Korodi warned, saying this will also affect relations between the European Union and Kiev.

In November, the Ukrainian President, Viktor Yushchenko, said during a visit to Romania, that his country will continue the Bistroe project since it is on Ukrainian territory.

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