Romania wants a negotiator role in the Syrian crisis

Romania wants a negotiator role in the Syrian crisis

Bucharest, October 15, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Irina Stoica

Romanian leaders offer to help settle the crisis in Syria. Before leaving for today’s European Council summit, President Klaus Iohannis recalled that Romania is one of the few states whose embassies in Damascus still have diplomatic personnel. Therefore, Bucharest can facilitate any negotiation with the Syrian authorities. Negotiation, Iohannis pointed out, is the only possible solution to the Syrian conflict and to stemming the wave of migrants who have put so much pressure on Europe. More than seven hundred thousand illegal immigrants have sought sanctuary in the EU this year during the worst refugee crisis since World War Two.

Romania has very good premises to act as a negotiator in the area, estimates Cristian Diaconescu, former minister of Foreign Affairs and presidential counselor: “Its capacity to influence things in Syria is way beyond most of the EU country. I would say that Romania is in the top 3. The country could immediately become operational in the name of other Western countries. Romania is able to support certain European or Euro-Atlantic projects where the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Hungary can’t even get access. It happened before and it can happen now.”