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Romanian Version

Valentin Ion-Dorin Lipatti
Ambassador, Essayist and Translator

Born: on March 26, 1923, in Bucharest, in the same family which gave the world the great pianist
Dinu Lipatti. Son of Theodor Lipatti, diplomat and Ana (b.Racoviceanu)

Married, no children


  • 1945 - Graduate of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Bucharest, whre he was the student of Basil Munteanu and Tudor Vianu

Professional Activity

  • 1947-1948 - Professor, High School "Sf.Sava", Bucharest
  • 1948-1964 - Lecturer, Associate Professor, University of Bucharest
  • 1959-1964 - Director of the Technical Secretariat of Romania's National Commission for UNESCO
  • 1965-1971 - Ambassador to UNESCO, Paris. Continuing the line of his great predecessors, academicians Tudor Vianu and Andrei Otetea, he was elected member of UNESCO Executive Council
  • 1972-1973 - Director of the Cultural Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1972-1977 - Head of the Romanian delegation to the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Helsinki and Geneva
  • 1973-1977 - Director of the Directorate for Relations with Europe in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1978-1980 - Director of the Cultural Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1978-1984 - Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1984 - Retired
  • 1998 - Dies in Bucharest

Contributions to the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Ambassador Lipatti led the Romanian Delegation on the whole duration of the negotiations meant to forge out the Final Act of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe, started on the 22nd of November 1972, in Helsinki-Dipoli, held in Helsinki and Geneva and ended also in Helsinki, where the signing ceremony of the Final Act took place, on the First of August 1975.

He asserted himself as one of  the best negotiators, an accomplished analyst of the conceptual opinions and a convinced adept of arguing method in seeking and defining solutions. In full swing of the cold war, he persuaded his partners of negotiations that a document that would sanction the principles of cooperation and security in Europe could not ignore the equal rights of all states, small or medium-sized, and the full respect for the history, culture and civilization of all peoples. He was the most dynamic spirit in the debates meant to initiate and adopt the principles, norms and common values of the international relations at European level and his merits to this regard were recognized by his partners even during the negotiations. He had a high sense of a responsibility  assumed on the ground of personal beliefs never subject to circumstances.

"The Decalogue of Helsinki" bears the imprint of ambassador Lipatti, especially as regards the establishment of the principles of non-recourse at force, the peaceful settlement of disputes, sovereign equality of states and others. The establishment of the rule of consensus in adopting decisions, as well as of the entire range of working procedure laid down at the foundation of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe, later the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, is the work of ambassador Valentin Lipatti.

Published Works

  • His writings include numerous works, in both the linguistic and literary domains, as well as in the political and memoirist fields.
  • Asserted himself as an excellent translator into French of Ion Luca Caragiale's masterpieces, as well as an author of manuals and journalism, approaching especially the diplomatic and cultural life, the negotiations within the framework of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Selective List

  • A History of Italian Literature, lithographed course, Bucharest, 1945 (in Romanian)
  • Montesquieu, illuminist thinker, Bucharest, 1955 (in Romanian)
  • French Values. Studies and articles, I-II, Bucharest, 1959-1968 (in Romanian)
  • The National Issue in Romania, Data and Facts. In collaboration with J.Demeter and E.Eisenburger, Bucharest, 1972 (in Romanian)
  • Le dix-huitième siècle français, Bucharest, 1976
  • Modigliani, Album. Bucharest, 1984 (in Romanian)
  • The Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Political Publishing House, Bucharest, 1975 (in Romanian) (Valentin Lipatti, Ion Diaconu, Nita Constantin, Ioan Sbarna) (in Romanian)
  • The Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe: notes about a negotiation and its follow-up. Political Publishing House, Bucharest, 1985 (author) (in Romanian)
  • Balkans yesterday and today. Romanian Contributions to the multilateral Cooperation in the Balkans. Bucharest, 1988 (in Romanian)
  • In Europe's trenches. Memoirs of a negotiator. Military Publishing House, Bucharest, 1993 (author) (in Romanian)


  • Molière - Georges Dandin or the cheated husband, introductive study, Bucharest, 1951 (in Romanian)
  • Victor Hugo - About literature. Presentations and notes, Bucharest, 1957 (in Romanian)
  • Liviu Rebreanu - La Révolte (The Uprising), French version, Bucharest, 1957 (Second Edition: 1958)
  • Jean Anouilh - Ciocarlia (Skylark), Bucharest, 1958 (from French)
  • H.de Balzac - Iluzii pierdute (Lost Illusions), Introductory Study, Bucharest 1959
  • C.Prisnea - Bacchus en Roumanie (Bacchus in Romania), French Version, Bucharest, 1962
  • Paul Vialar - Vremea impostorilor (A Time for Impostors, Introductory Study), Bucharest, 1964
  • Beaumarchais - Barbierul din Sevilla (A Barber in Seville). Nunta lui Figaro (Figaro's Wedding), Bucharest, 1967

Valentin Lipatti distinguished himself by a high stature specific to the elite, with a refined culture and erudition, a direct and affectionate communication, with a profound friendship. Those who worked with him or were in his proximity had the chance to know a tumultuous personality, that served his country till the last minutes of his life. We owe to ambassador Lipatti this great lesson of professionalism and patriotism.

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