CultMin Ivascu -100 years since union of Basarabia with Romania: Dreams can become reality

Culture and National Identity Minister George Ivascu delivered on Tuesday, one century since the union of Basarabia with Romania, a message of hope for a common European future to all Romanians, on both sides of the Pruth River, underscoring that dreams can become reality.

"On the occasion of celebrating the centennial of the union of Basarabia with Romania, I convey, as minister of culture and national identity, to all Romanians, on both sides of the Pruth, the hope in a common European future and the certainty, proven by our ancestors, that dreams can become reality. It's enough, for starters, just to believe in them," Ivascu stated in a message sent to AGRPRES by the Culture and National Identity Ministry.

The Culture Minister evoked the decision from 100 years ago of the Country Council of Basarabia, which "absolutely confirmed an unquestionable historical reality: the population of Eastern Moldova belongs to the Romanian nation."

"Precisely one hundred years ago, at 16:15 local time, the sitting No.63 of the Country Council of Basarabia was officially opened, convened on 27 March 1918, headed by Ion Inculet, with Pantelimon Halippa as vice-president and under the secretariat of Ion Buzdugan. On the agenda featured one point: the union of Basarabia with Romania. The decision of the supreme representative body of Basarabia absolutely confirmed an unquestionable historical reality: the belonging of Eastern Moldova population to the Romanian nation. Moreover, since the solemn opening in November 1917 of the Country Council, the Romanian tricolor flag was hoisted on its palace and the choir of the Archbishopric Cathedral in Chisinau sang the national anthem 'Awaken, Romanian' and "On our flag is written union," George Ivascu said.

He brings to mind that the union of Basarabia with Romania occurred "in extremely harsh conditions," but added that "even in the toughest historical circumstances, dreams can come true, and we must never give up believing in them."

"Even if the union of Basarabia with Romania took place in this climate of national celebration, however, the historic conditions of 100 years ago were extremely harsh, in any case, they were infinitely more harsh than the ones today, when Romania has strong Euro-Atlantic security and development guarantees. Let us not forget that the union of Basarabia with Romania happened in the context in which our country was partially taken and surrounded from all sides by enemies that directly threatened the existence of the state. This is why, the accomplishment of the Romanian nation, on both sides of the Pruth River, was all the more meritorious on 27 March 1918 and it must represent, for the future, a model to follow. Therefore, even in the most difficult historic circumstances, dreams can come true and we must never give up believing in them. I conclude with Prime Minister Marghiloman's message, which he addressed to the deputies of the Country Council: Long live a single and inseparable Romania!," reads the message of Culture Minister George Ivascu. AGERPRES (RO - author: Daniel Popescu, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN - author: Rodica State, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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