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Iraq: Romanian Foreign Minister Says His Country Sets Example For Reconstruction

New York, 24 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Romanian Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana today said his country's transition to democracy provides a good example of what to expect in Iraq. Geoana made the comments at the Eurasia Summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. He said Romania's situation in the early 1990s was "the closest to what the Iraqi people are facing today."

After Romania's dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, was ousted in 1989, an elected constitutional assembly wrote a new constitution, which was then approved by referendum. Elections took place in 1991.

Polish Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, speaking at the same summit, said adopting a strict timeline for a new Iraqi government to take power would be "very artificial."