CHISINAU, September 16 (ITAR-TASS) - The new Moldovan authorities have no
plans to unite with Romania, quit the Commonwealth of Independent States or join
NATO, the speaker of the republic's parliament and acting president Mihai Ghimpu
said in an interview with the Romanian television channel Pro TV.
"The dilemma whom to side with - NATO or the CIS - is not the main task of
the new ruling coalition "Alliance for European Integration," said Ghimpu.
"If our country, by some quirk of fate, found itself in the CIS, we cannot
cut off this fact ‘with scissors’," the speaker said.
The Moldovan leadership is making every effort to hold the CIS summit in
Chisinau at top level in October.
Speaking about integration in NATO, Ghimpu told reporters "NATO is not on the
first floor of the parliament building" and it is not expecting Moldova to join.
He made it clear, the alliance is not inviting Moldova, given its problem
with territorial integrity.
Ghimpu rejected the statements accusing him of the intention to unite Moldova
"One has to accept the idea that although we're brothers, these are two
separate countries, and it is up to the leadership of each to decide what it
should do for the good of the citizens.
"I'd wish my country to attain a better standard of living, in order to get
into the European Union alongside with Romania," he noted.
He underlined, the main task the new authorities are facing will be not
joining NATO or withdrawing from the CIS, but eliminating poverty.
"We should gradually bring our legislation in conformity with European
standards, in order to be able to join the European Union," Ghimpu added.
He said one of his first decrees as acting president will cancel the visa
regime with Romania, introduced by the previous government.
"This decision contradicts the parliamentary resolution under which visas are
opened for all EU citizens, and Romania is a EU member," Ghimpu said, adding
that he was confident, the ethnic groups in Moldova would be happy with the
decision to annul visas.