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Romania: Former Monarch Plans To Visit Soon

LASI, Romania, Feb 13 (NCA) -- Romania's exiled King Michael plans to visit his homeland soon, and may come back to live there.

Elana Cazuc, assistant to the mayor of Iasi in northeast Romania, made public today a letter the city received from King Michael, who lives in exile in Switzerland. The letter came after the new government said it will restore Michael's citizenship, which was stripped by Communists in 1948.

Cazuc quoted a letter from Michael's residence in Versoix, Switzerland, as saying: "I will come home soon, and am pleased to make a visit to Iasi in the near future, a corner of Romania for our souls and memories."

Michael called the government's decision to restore his citizenship an act of justice.

Iasi, historically a seat of learning, was the temporary capital of Romania during World War I, when advancing Germans forced the evacuation of Bucharest. More recently, Michael's daughter Princess Margaret married actor Radu Duda, whose hometown is Iasi.