Hundreds, mostly young Moldovans spent a week walking approximately 430 kilometres from the Moldovan capital Chisinau to the Romanian capital Bucharest to speed up the reunification of the two countries.
During the march, also called the Stephen the Great March after the fifteenth century Moldavian prince, the participants shouted pro-unity slogans and held Romanian and Moldovan flags.
Hundreds of young Moldovans were welcomed by several hundreds of Romanian people in the city centre of Bucharest to proceed to the Cotroceni Palace, the headquarters and residence of the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, to seek support for the unification project.
The Grand National Assembly Moldova made an appeal for unification on July 5. In the appeal, Chisinau spoke of Moldova’s historical ties with Romania.
“Considering that the adoption on August, 27, 1991 of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Moldova towards the USSR and the recognition by Romania of the independence of the Republic of Moldova was a necessary step in the historical context from the end of last century, for the liquidation of the consequences of national dismemberment from 1940 and the approach of the communities from those two states,” Chisinau declared.
Unionist will encounter difficulties as Romania focuses on internal problems which includes those involving the current prime minister.
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has recently been charged with corruption, tax evasion, money laundering and conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. He denies any wrongdoing.
Moldovan unionists believe that reuniting with EU-member Romania could solve Moldova’s economic and social problems.
The rally was organised by a social platform called Actiunea 2012 (Action 2012), which is run by Romanian and Moldovan NGOs.
The idea of the unification project originated in the late 1980s and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Moldovans and Romanians were more vocal in their support for unification.
Moldovans and Romanians mostly speak the same language and historically occupied the same region called Bessarabia.
Unionists commemorated the 203rd anniversary of the invasion of Bessarabia by Tsarist Russia in May. The 1806-1812 Russo-Turkish War ended with Imperial Russia annexing Bessarabia from the Ottoman Empire and the signing of a peace treaty in Bucharest on May 16, 1812.