Presidency statement on the intended executions in Iraq – the first news on the Romanian version of europa.eu

A few days ago I wrote here that the Romanian version of europa.eu will soon be available. Romanian joined the EU on the 1st of January 2007 but on the first days of 2007, the Romanian citizens could not access the European portal in their own language.

Today is the big day and I’m the first Romanian to blog about this – everything is so fresh that you can still feel the paint: http://europa.eu/index_ro.htm 🙂
The page was published a few minutes ago and please note that the website is still under heavy construction – I wonder how come the programmers missed the deadline with a few days 🙂

The first news:

Presidency statement on the intended executions in Iraq

“The Iraqi Government intends to execute Barzan Ibrahim Al-Tikriti, formerly head of one of the intelligence services, and Awad Hamed Al-Bandar, formerly president of the Revolutionary Court. The Presidency recalls the longstanding position of the EU with regard to the death penalty. The EU opposes capital punishment under all circumstances.

Both, Mr Al-Tikriti and Mr Al-Bandar, were high-ranking representatives of Saddam Hussein´s regime, which had brutally oppressed its own population for decades. Thousands of innocent people were killed and tortured, many disappeared.

Iraqis deserve a better future. To this end, it will be crucial to bring together all parts of Iraqi society irrespective of ethnicity or religious affiliation. Ensuring accountability for the crimes committed during the former regime can assist in furthering national reconciliation and dialogue in Iraq. The Presidency recalls that in order to achieve this important aim the prosecution of those crimes must adhere to the requirements of a fair process. “

I strongly support this statement.