When leaving Elias Hospital yesterday, Romanian President Traian Basescu said he had written nothing on the sheet of paper he had handed in to minister Radu Stroe at the ceremony. The President added: "I didn't write anything. It was already written." He recommended journalists should ask the new minister about what was on that piece of paper. "If he tells you, all right", the President commented.
When Radu Stroe became a general secretary of the Romanian government last Wednesday, during the ceremony he got a sheet of paper with something written on it from President Basescu. Although the latter said it was no secret, Stroe would not tell what was on it. On Thursday the Liberal insinuated it was a dialogue he had had with the President of Romania in a Cotroceni meeting. He denied it had been a quarrel. Stroe commented: "On this paper there is nothing bad about him or me. There is nothing to hide, no secret, no problem. So let the President say it if he wants to." (A.H.)