This embodies the Romanian people's dream to live as one country
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Romanian Ambassador to Indonesia Dan Adrian Balanescu recalled his country's history of unity in commemoration of Romania's National Day or the Great Union Day that falls on December 1.

Balanescu saidd that December 1 is the day when Romanians celebrate Great Union Day.

In 1918, some 1,228 members of the Romanian National Assembly met in the city of Alba Iulia and adopted a resolution that united Romania with the provinces of Transylvania, Banat, Crisana, and Maramures.

"This embodies the Romanian people's dream to live as one country," he remarked in a special interview with ANTARA here on Wednesday.

Balanescu affirmed that the union was preceded by several historic events, such as the provinces of Bessarabia and Bukovina joining Romania in March and November in the same year.

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Moreover, he noted that the current situation that is still hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic is quite similar to the state of affairs of the National Assembly when Europe and Romania were facing a deadly Spanish Flu pandemic.

However, Balanescu affirmed that the Spanish Flu pandemic did not hinder the assembly members from meeting and adopting a Unity Resolution.

"Going back to the present, (there are some) physical warnings that depend on the pandemic. Just like in 2020, some events of politics, culture, and science (are held virtually), but physical events are likely without a crowd," he said.

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"This year's commemoration of Great Union will be a time to celebrate its importance and the national ideas of our predecessors," he added.

In 2018, Romania celebrated its 100th anniversary of Great Union Day. Romanian society commemorates the principles agreed upon by the Great National Assembly delegates, including respect for the rights of national minorities, freedom of religion, and democracy.

Romania and Indonesia have enjoyed diplomatic relations for 71 years since 1950.

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Translator: Aria C, Kenzu T
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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