The current Minister of National Defence, Gabriel Leş said for MEDIAFAX that the institution he is leading will prepare a memorandum to formally request the Government to take over the Heroes Cemetery from Valea Uzului, the decision being taken following an analysis of the necropolis situation.
“Following the analysis of the concrete situation of the Cemetery of the Heroes Fallen in the two World Wars at Valea Uzului, the Ministry of National Defence started the process of substantiating the legal procedures for taking over this war necropolis. Thus, the Ministry of National Defence will prepare a Memorandum asking the Romanian Government to take over this cemetery in order to preserve the status of an international cemetery of this war necropolis, given that here are buried soldiers of different nationalities, namely Hungarians, Romanians, Germans, Russians, Serbs, Austrians and Italians”, said Defence Minister Gabriel Leş for MEDIAFAX.
According to the minister, the process of taking over the Cemetery from the Valley of Usage involves consulting all the parties involved.
“The MApN structures that will take over the responsibilities of the administration of the international cemetery will ensure respect for the unbounded right of each country to commemorate the heroes fallen into battle and who are buried here. Also, the Ministry of National Defence has the capacity to ensure the activities of protection and maintenance of the tombs and the rehabilitation of the commemorative works existing within this international cemetery, in full respect of the applicable international law and of the bilateral agreements of the Romanian state concluded in this field with the countries that have heroes resting in the cemetery of Valea Uzului “, Gabriel Leş also pointed out.
According to the sources, the procedure for taking over the Cemetery by the MApN could be completed within a maximum of 30 days if there is consensus from all points of view.
The remarks come after Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă called for the observance of Romania’s state symbols and public order and calls for accountability regarding the actions in the Valea Uzului, proposing that it should be taken over by the Ministry of National Defence in view of the fact that in this necropolis are inhabited soldiers of different nationalities.