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Romanian-Croatian Consular Convention concluded 

21 May 1997
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The minority problem, that of the Istro-Romanian minority of Croatia and the Croatian one of Romania - was another issue debated by the two parts, which agreed to conclude a cultural convention for the protection of the minorities' rights and for the maintenance of their ethnic, religious and cultural identity. The Romanian part emphasised the importance of the Croatian minority's loyalty, the Romanian minority of Croatia being not very numerous. 

The Romanian and Croatian Foreign Ministers, Adrian Severin and Mate Granic, signed Monday in Zagreb the bilateral Consular Convention. The ceremony was preceded by discussions between the two delegations. The main issues discussed referred to stage and the outlook of the bilateral economic and political dialogue, the juridical frame, the situation in the ex-Yugoslav area, and the stage of the Dayton Agreement's application. 

Both parts emphasised the necessity of reconsidering the concrete programs of economic co-operation in order to encourage the bilateral commercial exchanges. in 1996 the volume of the Romanian-Croatian economic exchanges rose to $ 16,27 million, most of them representing Romanian exports in Croatia. 

The Romanian part expressed again its willing to contribute to the reconstruction of the ex-Yugoslav area. Romania proposed in this respect the achievement of objectives and buildings in co-operation, or through the Croatian firms. The concrete aspects of this co-operation are to be discussed at the third session of the Romanian-Croatian intergovernmental joint Commission, to be held in Zagreb during 18-19 of June. 

Another issue discussed was the Romanian-Croatian-Hungary trilateral which aims to fully develop the Danube's potential as a trans-European communication channel. The project aims to attract funds from SECE and the European Union, as well as some private capital flows especially from the United States. 

The minority problem, that of the Istro-Romanian minority of Croatia and the Croatian one of Romania - was another issue debated by the two parts, which agreed to conclude a cultural convention for the protection of the minorities' rights and for the maintenance of their ethnic, religious and cultural identity. The Romanian part emphasised the importance of the Croatian minority's loyalty, the Romanian minority of Croatia being not very numerous. 

After signing the Consular Convention, the two Foreign ministers said that Romania and Croatia will support each other in their efforts for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, both countries having similar strategies for joining NATO and the European Union, as the Romanian minister stated. 

Last updated: 21-5-1997 

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