Peace is Prevailing
by Tatomir Ion-Marius
15 January 2007
The event: The inauguration of the bridge which ties Ukraine with
Romania, between Solotvino and Sighetu Marmatiei. Both presidents
participated - Viktor Juschenko of Ukraine and Traian
Basescu of Romania.
In the early morning, at 8.30 a.m., I was present at the bridge,
where several forces of police and gendarmerie were assuring order
and security. I had many acquaintances among the press and local
I was wearing a button on which was written: May Peace Prevail on
Those who wished to cross the bridge and to go until the point of border
control at Solotvino were invited to decide quickly if they wanted to
cross, because it would later be impossible until the end of the
I crossed, together with the press, TV, and other people representing
diverse areas of public life. We passed through the metal detectors and
I was on Ukrainian land! There, before the point of control of
Solotvino, a quiet great crowd was waiting for the presidents.
I was asked by some representatives of the Ukrainian press how to
write correctly the name of the Romanian president and I helped them.
I saw some very beautiful lady journalists there. I met the president
of the Union of the Ukrainians from Romania, exchanged a few words
with him and shook hands. I met a bishop and asked for his blessing.
I made the acquaintance of two TV cameramen. I received from someone
two flags, one Romanian and one Ukrainian. I was raising and waving
Finally, the presidents arrived. We listened respectfully, first to
the Romanian and then the Ukrainian anthems. The presidents and
other officials made speeches. At the end of the speeches, the
presidents went through the crowd onto the bridge to cut the official
cord. I was at their back, with the people assuring the security of
the two presidents.
I was filmed by some TV stations, and saw myself on PRO TV (reknowned
Romanian TV channel which shows nationally), holding in my hands
the two flags. Other people said they saw me on Prima TV, too
(another national Romanian TV channel).
After they cut the official cord, I was fortunate to shake hands with
both presidents, Viktor Jushchenko and Traian Basescu, then they went
with their official column to the City Hall.
After the inauguration of the bridge, I went back to my workplace. It
was an historic event, and I was glad I participated.
Long live the Romanian-Ukrainian friendship!
May Peace Prevail in Ukraine!
May Peace Prevail in Romania!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!