Reactions to CSAT approval of U.S. invitation to Romania to participate in missile shield

5 februarie 2010

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President of the Senate Defense Committee, Liberal Teodor Melescanu, said on Thursday that the invitation U.S. President Barack Obama extended Romania to participate in the development of the missile shield is the result of the vision the new U.S. Administration has brought into this field, as well as of technological progress.

As for the reasons why Romania was invited to participate in the development of the shield, Melescanu reminded that Bucharest has lately pronounced itself for the need to implement such a system.
Senate Speaker and chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mircea Geoana said on Thursday that the invitation Romania received from the United States to participate in the development of the American missile system is one of the most important national security decisions Romania has had to consider in recent years.

The PSD leader said that President Traian Basescu informed him over phone during the meeting of his party’s National Council about the plans of the Supreme Council for National Defense (CSAT) to approach this issue.
UDMR Senator and secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on the control of the Intelligence Service activity Attila Verestoy said that the CSAT decision to approve the U.S. proposal on Romania’s participation in U.S. missile system is a “correct, expected and welcome.’

Verestoy explained that not only rights, but obligations as well arise from NATO membership. “This is binding. You cannot just take advantage of security opportunities without sharing the obligations as well. This approach is real and awaited for progress not only for Romania, but also for our NATO partners,’ the UDMR Senator.
Secretary General of the Conservative Party (PC) Codrut Seres considers that the invitation extended to Romania to participate in the development of U.S. missile system complements the security policy in the region.

He mentioned that once it joins the project, Romania should expect to sometimes be exposed to vectors it usually keeps away from, in other words, that it should to be aware of both the positive implications of its involvement as well as of the entailed risks.
The country’s Supreme Defense Council (CSAT) approved on Thursday the U.S. proposal on Romania’s participation in the U.S. missile system, after White House leader Barack Obama addressed Romania the invitation to participate in developing this system, President Traian Basescu announced in the declaration delivered at the end of the CSAT extraordinary meeting.

 

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