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Vladimir Voronin: Moldova will not give up its language and Communist past

Republic of Moldova President Vladimir Voronin opposes the idea that his country could adopt the Romanian language or could give up its Communist past just for the sake of simplifying the European integration. His declaration is a reaction to the statements made by Romania’s representative at the Munich conference on global security issues.

Voronin said that in a 2004 referendum, 84% of the population wanted to keep the historic name of the Moldovan Republic. He emphasized that in one year, Moldova will celebrate 650 years of existence while Romanian only 170.

Even though he admitted that both languages are identical, he argued that each country has the right to name it as it considers best.

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