Presidents Tito of Yugoslavia and Nicolae Ceausescu of Rumania met Tuesday (16 May) to inaugurate a giant hydro-electric power project and navigation system on the Iron Gates stretch of the Danube.
Presidents Tito of Yugoslavia and Nicolae Ceausescu of Rumania met Tuesday (16 May) to inaugurate a giant hydro-electric power project and navigation system on the Iron Gates stretch of the Danube. The joint project took eight years to build and will provide up to 11,500 million kilowatt of power a year and ease the Hazard of the fierce currents at the Iron Gates Gorge. Electrically-operated locks at each end of the dam will ease shipping across the once-turbulent stretch of water.
The dam project is viewed by Presidents Tito and Ceausescu as a symbol of Yugoslav-Rumanian relationships, and as a model of "internationalism and cooperation between states".
After the formal ceremonies at the dam site, and a tour of the project, both presidents attended a rally on the Rumanian side of the Danube. They addressed themselves to the situation in the Middle East. Mr. Ceausescu said Rumania was anxious to contribute to finding a peaceful settlement. Mr. Tito, on the other hand, expressed grave concern over the situation, which he thought could deteriorate into another conflict because of "Israeli intransigence."
The dam is the fifth largest in the world. In addition to the joint financing by Yugoslavia and Rumania, the Soviet Union, who use the Danube for shipping to the Black Sea, supplied technical assistance for the project.
President Yito will be celebrating his 80th birthday on May 25.
SYNOPSIS: This dam spans the Danube River at Iron Gates Gorge between Yugoslavia and Rumania. It took eight years to build. This dam will not only supply electric power for Yugoslavia and Rumania, but also tame some of the fiercest turbulence on the Danube.
On Tuesday, Presidents Tito of Yugoslavia and Ceausescu of Rumania went to the dam site for the formal inauguration ceremonies. The dam project is viewed by both presidents as a symbol of their countries' relations.
The two leaders arrived at the dam site to take part in the official ceremonies marking the opening of the project, and for a tour of the facilities. They were shown the hydroelectric facilities that will be able to satisfy both their countries' need for electric power for several years to come.
Following the formal ceremonies et the dam site both presidents attended a rally on the Rumanian side of the Danube.
President Ceausescu spoke first. He addressed his remarks to the situation in the Middle East. He said Rumania was anxious to contribute to finding a new means of settlement there. He indicated that the same type of cooperation shown in the building of the Iron Gate Dam could be established throughout the world.
President Tito was next to speak to the assembled crowd and officials. He also addressed himself to the Middle East situation but with less optimism than Mr. Ceausescu. He expressed grave concern that the situation would deteriorate because Israel would make no concessions. Following the dam inauguration the two leaders were scheduled to hold meetings to discuss world affairs and bilateral problems.