Romanian politicians have criticized the mumbling uttered by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain about Claudiu Crulic, the Romanian who died in Poland. Cristian Diaconescu, a spokesman for the Social-Democrat Party in Romania, points to the ministry's inactivity, claiming foreign minister Adrian Cioroianu must resign.
Rep.: Why do you think foreign minister Adrian Cioroianu should resign?
C.D.: A European citizen from Romania died in a prison in Europe. We can't imagine how things would have been, had it been the other way around, had a European citizen died in a Romanian prison. Consular offices have got clear norms to obey in such cases and the responsibility is the foreign minister's as well.
Rep.: What were they supposed to do, in fact?
C.D.: They were supposed to apply the law. It is norms they had to apply. In the case of a citizen who can't protect himself abroad, the consular office had to take action until the respective citizen could handle his interests all by himself. This is about permanent assistance.
Rep.: How can you comment on the ministry's silence and late response in the case?
C.D.: It is what any Romanian institution does when caught red-handed. They are totally careless. They don't care about the number of Romanians in Greek prisons, for instance
Rep.: Is it like last year, when 2 Romanians were arrested in Iraq by the US authorities and the scandal ended up with the resignation of the Romanian minister of foreign affairs.
C.D.: It is much worse than last year. A man died. We are wasting time anyway, since no one will resign. They don't care.