Maia Sandu, the President of Moldova, has enacted a law that declares Romanian as the official language of Moldova, putting an end to years of dispute with those who argued that Moldovan and Romanian were distinct languages.
"Today, we have enacted a law that confirms a historical and indisputable truth: the state language of the Republic of Moldova is Romanian. My hope is that the Romanian language will unite all of us who live here and love this land. Over twenty-seven million people around the world, including us, speak Romanian, which is one of the official languages of the European Union. Whether it is our mother tongue or a language we have learned, thanks to the Romanian language, we do not need translators. We understand each other with a single word, and together, we affirm that a kind word can do wonders," declared Maia Sandu.
She admitted that those who insisted for decades that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova spoke the "Moldovan" language instead of Romanian were only seeking to divide the people.
"The reason for this is that a divided nation can be more easily subdued and controlled. Divided people cannot act as a united force to protect themselves. Those who attempted to divide us were not concerned about linguistics but rather sought to perpetuate a national conflict in Moldova. I firmly believe that the Romanian language should and can serve as a catalyst for the consolidation of our society, and therefore, it must be respected and learned by all of our citizens. It brings me great joy to encounter young people of different ethnicities who speak Romanian fluently. We can all contribute to this effort and, together, focus our energy on building a shared future in the European Union where all languages are respected and protected," concludes Maia Sandu.