05BUCHAREST1581 / 2005-07-15 13:13:00
Embassy Bucharest
                C O N F I D E N T I A L BUCHAREST 001581 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE DEPT FOR EUR/NCE - WILLIAM SILKWORTH 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/15/2015 
TAGS: OPDC, PARM, PBTS, PHUM, PREL, PGOV, MD, RO, EUN, OSCE 
SUBJECT: ROMANIAN COMMENTS ON MOLDOVA AND MULTILATERAL 
CONFERENCE ON TRANSNISTRIA CONFLICT 
 
REF: A. STATE 120606 
     B. STATE 125824 
     C. STEWART-TAPLIN E-MAIL 7/14/05 
 
Classified By: POLITICAL SECTION CHIEF ROBERT S. GILCHRIST FOR REASONS 
1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
1. (C) During the course of an initial call by Charge at the 
MFA on July 17, Director General for Global Affairs Stelian 
Stoian specifically raised "very strong" GOR disappointment 
that it had not been consulted by the U.S. prior to the U.S. 
approach to EU member capitals, Moscow, Kiev, and Chisinau on 
the proposed Multilateral Conference on the Transnistria 
Conflict (refs).  Stoian said Romania had received from 
another unnamed government the points the U.S. had raised. 
He added that Romania had proven itself as a "constant and 
reliable partner" on Moldova/Transnistria and that our two 
governments are "essentially on the same page" on the issue. 
 
2. (C) Charge expressed appreciation for the important role 
Romania can play in Moldova and expressed continued 
commitment to maintaining a strong and productive dialogue on 
the issue.  Per ref C instructions, Charge raised with Stoian 
the U.S. position on the conference and the message we 
delivered to Chisinau.  He underscored our belief that such a 
conference could potentially serve as an impetus for 
reinvigorating the dialogue on Transnistria and that the U.S. 
and EU should have a role in the conference, a view that 
Stoian said Romania solidly shared.  Charge told Stoian that 
the U.S. told Chisinau that the U.S. would support including 
the Romanians in the conference.  Stoian thanked the Charge 
for informing Romania that the U.S. had raised this 
"important element" with Chisinau. 
 
3. (C) When queried about Romania's relationship with the EU 
on Moldova, Stoian lamented that individual EU member states 
treat the issue with varying degrees of interest.  He also 
regretted that the EU still does not have a permanent 
presence in Chisinau.  Stoian took note of the fact that 
since the signing of Romania's EU accession treaty in April, 
Romania now has observer status in all EU proceedings 
including on foreign policy.  In that capacity, Romania has 
already worked to try to elevate Moldova as an issue on the 
EU foreign policy agenda and he said the EU commission and 
individual members have increasingly consulted Romania on the 
issue.  When asked whether the EU or member states had pushed 
back on Romania to take a lower profile on Moldova, he said 
"absolutely not."  Again, Stoian underscored the importance 
of Moldova to Romania and stressed the importance of close 
consultation, particularly before new initiatives such as the 
proposed conference.  "Our national interests are involved," 
he stressed.  "No one can deny that." 
 
4. (U)  Amembassy Bucharest's reporting telegrams are 
available on the Bucharest SIPRNET Website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/bucharest. 
TAPLIN 

            
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