3/11/2005 - AHF Meets Rumanian President Basescu and urges him to Support Restoration of Church Properties to Hungarian Minority - Rumanian President Traian Basescu kicked off a two-day visit to Washington Tuesday (8 March), at the invitation of his US counterpart George W. Bush. President Basescu’s visit included meetings with President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, IMF head Rodrigo Rato and World Bank president James Wolfensohn
The visit was aimed at strengthening the Strategic Partnership between Washington and Bucharest. It included talks on bilateral relations – political, military and economic -- and Black Sea regional issues.
President Basescu launched his term in office with a proposal to create a strategic "Bucharest-London-Washington axis", but while the media kept the flame of the idea burning, the Presidency cooled down about it in meetings with European leaders lately.
AHF 1st Vice President, Frank Koszorus, Jr. met President Basescu at
a reception on March 10th at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C.
In his remarks to President Basescu, Mr. Koszorus.acknowledged the president’s
articulated commitment to reforms. Mr. Koszorus expressed the need for
the fair and expeditious return of church properties to the Hungarian
community of Rumania -- an essential reform and an issue watched closely
by American Hungarians and the US Congress, which is expected to adopt
a resolution calling on Rumania to live up to its promises of returning
properties confiscated by the communists from the Catholic, Protestant,
Unitarian, and Jewish communities. Rumanian authorities have blocked or
have failed to act on thousands of claims filed under Rumanian law. They
also continue to move Rumanian Orthodox clergy into Hungarian communities
in an effort to change their demographic composition. - Bryan
Dawson-Szilagyi, AHF Information Office
. - Bryan Dawson-Szilagyi, AHF Information Office
George W. Bush praises Basescu as a "special friend" and "special leader." "Rumania is a 'special ally' because Rumania shares the same values we do: human rights, human dignity, rule of law, transparency in government, anti-corruption." AHF knows the situation is far from Bush's rosy picture, but hopes Mr. Bush's encouraging words bring change to Rumania. Click the Image to see the [LIVE INTERVIEW] on Fox News: "Rumania's President on Democracy and Freedom"
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