25 september


For several decades, nobody has written in Moldova about Moldovans as a nation, or about their culture or their present-day identity, Chisinau historian and writer Dr. Vasile Stati stated at the roundtable conference “Ethnic and Language Question in Moldova in the Light of the Association Agreement”, organized in church on Thursday by the American Institute in Ukraine (AIU).

Stati said that not long ago he had accomplished a new big work of his – a book, which he named “The History of Moldavia”.

“I was writing the book without being driven by whatever political or ideological landmarks. I placed all events that happened in the history of Moldavia last 500 years in a chronological order, and supplied necessary comments to them and explanations taken from the historic documents of that epoch. But when I tried to publish the ready book in a Chisinau publishing house, I heard a categorical refusal – because the book did not contain whatever pro-Romania rhetoric so fashionable these years”, said the historian.

Vasile Stati explained such situation as follows: Moldova’s ruling circles and the national intelligentsia position themselves to be Romanians and act in the interests of the neighbor state – Romania.

“Last 5 years, politico-ideological corruption has been reining the republic. All the mass media have been bought up – from petty yellow papers to major television channels. All of them keep broadcasting that Moldovans have no history of their own, no language or culture or traditions. I would like to remind again: for previous 700 years, there had existed only the Moldovan language and the Moldovan ethnos, and there had been not even a mention of Romanians until the second half of the 19th century”, stated the historian.

Vasile Stati referred to a quotation from the farewell interview given to a Chisinau newspaper by ex-Ambassador of the United States Pamela Smith before leaving the republic. She said literally the following: “For the first time in my life I have visited a country, where the power elite works in the interests of a neighbor state – Romania”.

Stati fingered at yet one more paradoxical fact: in the Moldovan Constitutional Court, six of seven judges have the Romanian citizenship.

“I am not indeed challenging any person’s right to have, on legal grounds, two, three or even five citizenships. But tell me, how many citizens of Mexico are Judges of the United States Constitutional Court?”, Vasile Stati asked one of the conference organizers, former US senator James Jatras, the Deputy Director of the American Institute in Ukraine.