Moldovan President and Transnistrian leader may meet again next wednesday

Vladimir Voronin announced on Thursday at his meeting with the representatives of the diplomatic missions participants in the 5+2 negotiation process on Transnistria.
INFOTAG, 19 March 2009, 19:06


A new meeting of the Moldovan President and Transnistria leader Igor Smirnov has been scheduled for March 25, Vladimir Voronin announced on Thursday at his meeting with the representatives of the diplomatic missions of the European Union, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the United States and Ukraine - participants in the 5+2 negotiation process on Transnistria.

The President informed the diplomats on the results of his March 18 meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and of the trilateral meeting held with participation of Transnistrian leader Igor Smirnov later the same day.

He said the March 25 meeting will analyze the activities of the 8 expert groups set up last year to work out confidence-building measures between Chisinau and Tiraspol in the socio-economic, humanitarian and other spheres, and will discuss new plans to be set in this direction.

According to the presidential press service, Vladimir Voronin highlighted "the sincere and constructive spirit of the conversation with Dmitry Medvedev on the Transnistrian settlement topic, which predetermined the results of the Moldo-Russian consultations held later [on the same day] with participation of the Transnistrian administration leader".

The Moldovan President said, "Dmitry Medvedev confirmed Russia's readiness to promote invigoration of the 5+2 talks, and that was reflected in the Joint Declaration, signed in Moscow, concerning Transnistria problem settlement".

He also stressed the Declaration reflected "the expediency of transforming the peacekeeping operation in Transnistria into a peace-guaranteeing operation under the OSCE aegis".

Voronin also said that, according to the document, the parties have agreed on creating conditions for a soonest-possible resumption of work in this format possibly in the first half of 2009.

In his turn, Transnistrian leader Igor Smirnov stated to journalists that he had signed a Joint Declaration that "guarantees the Russia's peacekeeper mission for the entire period of settling our relations with Moldova". Smirnov determined the objective of the negotiation process for Transnistria as "normalization of relations with Moldova on an equal-right basis".

Smirnov also said that in Moscow he had handed in to Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin "a draft Agreement on Guarantees. Its essence is simple: the agreements already signed and to be signed yet must be fulfilled. Transnistria and Moldova give the guarantors the right to continue fulfilling the agreements reached throughout the negotiation process, even if one of the sides subsequently renounces its signature".