Iulian CHIFU // Between Presidents: Klaus Iohannis gives Igor Dodon etiquette lessons
The President of Romania Klaus Johannis, refused to answer to the tirades launched by Igor Dodon, freshly voted president of Moldova, responding weighted and meaningfully to the questions of journalists. Besides, the President of Romania made a subtle instruction related to the protocol and good manners to the next President of the Republic of Moldova, which will come into office after the conclusion of legal issues related to electoral complaints and misconduct, claimed by the participants in the second round of presidential elections on 13 December on the left side of Prut.
"We did not discuss various interviews of various political personalities in Moldova. We refer to a very serious approach, very important and very necessary for clarification of the situation of projects and approaches from Romania to Moldova. For us, no matter who says, what says one or the other, Moldova is very important and we want to be a partner that helps Moldova," said the Romanian President when asked how will work the working group responsible for this action plane considering that Igor Dodon has already requested the ratification of the border treaty.
Journalist: — Will you respond to these statements?
Klaus Iohannis: — You know that there are diplomatic usages. Now, even if Mr. Dodon is not yet the President of Moldova and he will understand it, step by step, how you must act between Presidents...
The Romanian President shall notify implicitly, to Mr. Dodon, that the stature of the President does not allow just anything, but it limits the communication at the appropriate level of partners for discussion. A president does not responding to a party chief of a neighboring state, especially in public. Then even if he got to be President, Mr. Dodon must understand that to get answers and to have a dialogue, firstly his queries must be resolved with the Moldovan government. Afterwards there could be factors discussed by him, by the state administration, at technical and political levels inferior to those of another State. Given the fact of his constitutional tasks, of simple representation, wuthout executive atributions, Mr. Dodon has an extremely narrow and strict space of topics of discussion with his counterparts, including with the President of Romania, which has the executive responsibilities of Foreign, Security and Defense Policy.
Finally, in order to have a proper meeting, there should be a proper agenda, wrought at technical and political levels inferior, in order for the presidents to address to it and the context must be adequate. It will never be a meeting when the customs are not complied and the minimum rules of politeness related to bilateral talks and compliance with the other's position. Mr. Dodon lacks today the detachment from the problems of identity and historical, that must be left to the specialists, regardless of his personal options, and the respect for individual human rights, namely the right to vote and to be elected - namely to be an official even if you have and the second citizenship, respectively you are a Romanian citizen - and the right to freedom of speech, the right of assembly and public manifestation of the protest even if you are a unionist. Until these points are not made, points of principle, Mr. Igor Dodon cannot meet with the Romanian President because the meeting represents a political validation of him, it does not reflects only a good stage of bilateral relations.
President-elect, Igor Dodon, reacted to statements of Romanian President, Klaus Johannis, insisting on an open letter from this spring, launched as party leader. Again, the approach on facebook and in public space of the discussions of the President of Romania is unusual, and the polemical tone does not help at all, because the Romanian President will not engage in public disputes with his Moldovan counterpart.
Indirectly, Igor Dodon received the complete response to his wishes, in time. He just has to learn to read these answers. Even at the CSAT, the Romanian President, Klaus Johannis, says that: "Our goal is to help Moldova to become stronger, to have stronger institutions and to continue the pro-European course." So the question of strengthening and reforming the Moldovan state in the European sense is in order. This is the assumed goal of the Romanian state. In perspective, when it will be possible, the European integration of Moldova. So let's be ready for the moment when the opportunity presents itself. The remark marks, indirectly, and the real ratio between the donor and the receiver of the assistance, plasing Igor Dodon in his place and showing him, in fact, that reporting to a donor willing and without conditions should be made by complying with the strategic direction of the State whose president is also respecting the rules of the game between countries. If not, he will enter into irrelevance and will get public answers only at the journalistic and political/polemicist level, and he will not ever get to discuss something in Bucharest. The Prime Minister of Moldova will do it, however, when will be needed...