Jerusalem, June 16, 2003

Response to Romanian statement concerning the Holocaust – June 16, 2003
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Ambassador of Romania in Israel, Valeria Mariana Stoica, was summoned today to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, following a statement of the Romanian Government claiming that no Holocaust took place in Romania between the years 1940-1945.

During a meeting with the Foreign Ministry Deputy Director General for Central Europe and Eurasia, David Peleg, the Ambassador was informed that Israel takes a grave view of the Romanian statement, which is at odds with the historical truth, and detracts from the steps taken by Romanian Governments to confront the past.

Mr. Peleg added that the Government of Romania must find a way to correct this unfortunate statement, in order to return the bilateral ties to the right path.