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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises

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20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Moldovan Foreign minister says Transnistrian conflict would not be settled due to lack of political will

The Transnistrian settlement efforts are failing because some process participants would not come to have a real political will and because the conflict has a predominantly geopolitical character, Moldovan Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Stratan stated at the OSCE Helsinki Ministerial Council Meeting that ended last Friday night.
INFOTAG, 8 December 2008, 18:14

Chisinau, December 8 ( INFOTAG ). The Transnistrian settlement efforts are failing because some process participants would not come to have a real political will and because the conflict has a predominantly geopolitical character, Moldovan Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Stratan stated at the OSCE Helsinki Ministerial Council Meeting that ended last Friday night.

He said the OSCE must prove its viability and ability to promote peaceful settlement of conflicts with the observance of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and the inviolability of their internationally recognized borders.

Stratan said that unlike other conflicts in the former Soviet Union area, the Transnistria conflict is less complicated, so it may be settled easier. This conflict has no ethnic or religious controversies that usually complicate the settlement process. But nevertheless the problem is remaining unsolved

In his words, last two years Moldova has been demonstrating a consistent approach to conflict-related problems.

"We presume that the military contingent, brought into the conflict zone under the 1992 Moldo-Russian ceasefire agreement, has long ago fulfilled the tasks set to it. In this context, we would like to confirm our proposal to replace the ongoing operation in the region with a multinational civilian mission with an international mandate. Moldova's desire to get demilitarized will have a favorable impact on the consolidation of trust and security in the region and, henceforth, on the conflict settlement process", said Andrei Stratan.

He stressed the Government of Moldova will be further backing Transnistrian economic entities, including through the programs of assistance and trade privileges provided by the European Union.

"We fully share the colleagues' concern about the critical situation around the Adapted Agreement on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) - a document we regard as a cornerstone of the European security. The Russian troops and ammunition must be withdrawn from Moldova fully and transparently in conformity with the commitments taken at the 1999 OSCE Istanbul Summit", said the Moldovan foreign minister.



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