The fact that the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) did not hand over the archive of former Securitate in the first years after the 1989 Revolution was "a mistake" and made the transition to democracy "so difficult", SRI director Eduard Hellvig said.
The statement is made in the context in which the Romanian Intelligence Service is preparing to hand over to the National Council for the Study of Security Archives (CNSAS) what is left of the archive of former Securitate.
"Romania has failed in this regard, from my point of view. The fact that we did not hand over the archive of the former Securitate to an institution, after 1989, in the first years, made this transition to democracy so difficult in Romania. I assume what I am saying. I think it was a mistake, it was a mistake that I can understand pragmatically from a political point of view for those who made it, but for me, as a citizen in the street and fighting for rights and civil liberties and for democracy, I think it was a mistake. There are times when tough decisions are needed to separate the waters," the SRI chief said on the podcast of the Romanian Intelligence Service.
He added that in this case "there is no honest explanation that anyone can give today, in which to say why you did not hand over the archive". At the same time, he underlined that "it is not only the Romanian Intelligence Service that is the heir of the entire Securitate archive".
"This was an anathema and an extremely clever strategy to push the whole story of the archives towards the SRI. I have no problem handing over absolutely anything the SRI has, but I expect the Romanian society as a whole to find all the files of former Securitate at CNSAS. Why do I say this? Because only if we go through this process, will we understand Romania's recent past and we will know what to do to have a different kind of future," he said.
Hellvig argued that all archives from the former Securitate should be handed over to the CNSAS. AGERPRES (RO - author: Oana Ghita, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN - author: Bogdan Gabaroi, editor: Adina Panaitescu)