Ilie Văduva

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Ilie Văduva
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
In office
November 11, 1985 – August 26, 1986
PresidentNicolae Ceaușescu
Preceded byȘtefan Andrei
Succeeded byIoan Totu
Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation
In office
August 26, 1986 – May 21, 1988
PresidentNicolae Ceaușescu
Presidential Counselor
In office
December 1988 – December 22, 1989
PresidentNicolae Ceaușescu
Personal details
Born(1934-07-21)July 21, 1934
Aninoasa, Gorj County, Romania
DiedNovember 13, 1998(1998-11-13) (aged 64)
Bucharest, Romania

Ilie Văduva (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈli.e ˈvəduva]; July 21, 1934 – November 13, 1998[1]) was a Romanian communist politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania from 1985 until 1986, Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation from August 26, 1986 until May 1988 and Presidential Counselor from December 1988 until December 1989.[2] He was one of those arrested after the 1989 overthrow of the Nicolae Ceaușescu regime.

Life and political career[edit]

Văduva was born in 1934.[3] He was an alternate member of the Central Committee of Romanian Communist Party since 1979 and became a full member in 1984.[4] Văduva, who advised on economic issues and had no knowledge of international relations, was regarded as the protégé of the First Lady of Romania, Elena Ceaușescu. In 1985, Elena Ceaușescu selected him for the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs, replacing a more experienced and successful minister, Ștefan Andrei, previously appointed by Romanian leader and Elena's husband Nicolae Ceaușescu.[5][6] Văduva served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 11, 1985 until August 26, 1986, mainly promoting Elena Ceaușescu's international profile. While a minister, he was also caught in the midst of heated Romania – United States relations with increasing pressure from the United States on the Ceaușescu regime for abuse of human rights.[7][8] He was removed for his ineffectiveness in international affairs of Romania and appointed Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation in 1986.[9] He held this post until May 21, 1988, when he was sacked by the Romanian leadership for his role in storing the toxic waste in the Black Sea port of Sulina, causing an environmental scandal and outrage. However, a few months later, in December 1988, he was again given a high-ranking position serving as the Presidential Counselor.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ştrii_de_Externe
  2. ^ List of members of the Romanian Communist Party (in Romanian)
  3. ^ "Key ministries. Key Ministries". Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  4. ^ a b "Open Society Archives. Romanian SR/1. Elena Ceausescu's Prospects of Political Succession". 1989-02-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  5. ^ Quinlan, Paul D. (1988). The United States and Romania: American-Romanian relations in the twentieth century. United States: American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences. ISBN 0-912131-07-1. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  6. ^ "Open Society Archives. RAD/Maier. EAST ENHANCED PERSONALITY CULT FOR ELENA CEAUSESCU". 1986-01-08. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  7. ^ Kirk, Roger; Kirk, Roger E.; Răceanu, Mircea (1994). Romania versus the United States: diplomacy of the absurd, 1985-1989. United States: Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. p. 48. ISBN 0-312-12059-1. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
  8. ^ Terry Atlas (1985-12-16). "Shultz Warns Romania On Rightss Violations". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  9. ^ "GUVERNUL CONSTANTIN DASCALESCU II". Retrieved 2010-08-10.