Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Building Romania
Daniela Nastase is helping build a civil society in Romania, 12 years after the defeat of one of Europe’s most brutal communist dictatorships.
As she works to promote educational programs for children and medical research for breast cancer, the wife of Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase has looked toward the United States as a model. Mrs. Nastase found an inspiration in first lady Laura Bush.
“I have learned a lot from Mrs. Bush about the art of serving social causes while taking care of your family,” Mrs. Nastase told Embassy Row, after her meeting with Mrs. Bush on a recent visit to Washington. Like Mrs. Bush, she also has two children.
The political wives also shared their thoughts about the effects of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
“What I have greatly admired was the first lady’s efforts to keep up the morale of the whole American family, especially the children, in the aftermath of the tragedy of September 11,” Mrs. Nastase said.
Mrs. Bush was touched by the outpouring of sympathy, especially from Romanian children, Mrs. Nastase said, referring to huge pro-American rallies on Sept. 14 in Bucharest.
“Flowers, candles, American symbols, children and a banner reading ‘Romanians are New Yorkers’ spoke for the emotion that united Romanians and the American people after a tragedy that affected us all,” Mrs. Nastase said.
Mrs. Nastase is director for social programs at the Foundation for Third Millennium Romania, which aims to rebuild a civil society under a new generation of Romanian leaders.
“Inspired by the American dream, this new generation shares values and objectives common with the American people and stands shoulder to shoulder with the American friends in these difficult times,” she said.

Liechtenstein responds
The financial tentacles of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network have reached as far as the tiny principality of Liechtenstein in the Alps.
The 60-square-mile country of 32,000 residents was a haven of bank secrecy and money laundering until a year ago, when Liechtenstein began cooperating with international efforts to crush the financial arm of terrorism.
Tomorrow, the country’s foreign minister, Ernst Walch, will tell reporters in Washington about his government’s crackdown on a financial network with suspected links to bin Laden.
Mr. Walch, in a 12:30 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club, will discuss the Nov. 7 police raid on offices of the Al Taqwa finance company in Vaduz, the country’s capital.
He will also discuss other efforts Liechtenstein has made to prevent its banks from being used by bin Laden and his supporters.

Threat cancels debate
The U.S. ambassador to Kuwait denounced attempts to silence “civil discussion” after a bomb threat forced him to cancel an address on terrorism he planned to deliver at Kuwait University.
“It is unfortunate that apparently there are some who would seek to use the threat of violence to disrupt civil discussion of important subjects,” Ambassador Richard Jones said in a statement.
The university received the bomb threat Sunday, shortly before Mr. Jones was scheduled to discuss the war on terrorism with students.
“Concerned about the possible threat to the security of the students and the university’s campus, Ambassador Jones regretfully canceled the event,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.
Kuwait, liberated from Iraqi occupation by U.S.-led forces in the 1991 Gulf war, has repeatedly expressed its strong support for the war on terrorism.

Israel ‘not surprised’
Israeli Ambassador David Ivry says his government is satisfied with President Bush’s U.N. speech, in which he became the first U.S. president to use the word “Palestine” to describe a future Palestinian state.
“We were not surprised by this speech, which met our expectations on numerous points, and we are satisfied,” Mr. Ivry said Sunday in an Israeli radio interview.
Mr. Bush on Saturday said, “We are working toward the day when two states Israel and Palestine live peacefully together with secure and recognized borders.”

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