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UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, calls for revitalizing 5+2 mediation format for Transnistria in his 2018 start briefing

Secretary General António Guterres briefs an informal meeting of the General Assembly on his concerns for 2018. Source: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

16 January 2018- The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, called for removing the paralysis that has let European conflicts fester and freeze in his informal briefing to the UN Member States on his top concerns for 2018.

“I took office last year calling for us to make 2017 a year for peace. One year later, we must recognize that peace remains elusive”, said Guterres referring to the possible and frozen conflicts.

In his point on European conflicts, Secretary-General made clear that it is unjustifiable for conflicts in the region to persists, taking into account the resources and capacities available in Europe. Guterres emphasized the necessity of fighting dangerous nationalism, as well as revitalize the mediation platforms. In Transnistria’s case, he mentioned the 5+2 format:

Resolving these situations requires pushing back the dangerous tide of nationalism, and revitalizing the relevant mediation initiatives – including the Normandy Format and Trilateral Contact Group on Eastern Ukraine, the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh, the Geneva International Discussions related to Georgia and the “5+2” process on Transnistria.

Moldova’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration saluted the Guterres’s call on resolving the current conflicts in the world, including Europe:

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration salutes, in particular, the call addressed to the European leaders by the Secretary-General, António Guterres, to more firmly act in the direction of settling “frozen conflicts” by revitalizing existent negotiation mechanisms, including the 5+2 format”, reads a press-release of Moldova’s MAEIE.

5+2 negotiations regard the talks on the conflict resolution between the separatist authorities of the so-called “Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic” and the constitutional authorities of the Republic of Moldova, together with the OSCE, Russia, and Ukraine as mediators, and the EU and the US as observers.

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Russia urged by ECHR to pay 53.000 EUR for the mother of a young man killed in a paramilitary unit in Transnistria

On September 18, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling finding that the Russian Federation had violated art. 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to life after a young man was forcedly assassinated and killed in an illegal paramilitary unit in the Transnistrian region.

Young people who refuse to serve the illegal regime of the so-called “Transnistrian Army” are hunted down and persecuted by the administration of the region, and the Moldovan authorities are indifferent to this problem, which has been repeated for more than 25 years.

According to a Promo-LEX Report, young people who avoid enlisting in the so-called “Transnistrian army” are fined up to 1,700 EUR or get up to 2 years in prison. In the history of Moldova, there is no sentence of condemnation for the forced enlistment of young people in the Transnistrian region.

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Photograph: Anton Polyakov

NB: The armed forces in the Transnistrian region have about 5.000 people (the national army of Moldova has a staff of about 6.000 people), distributed in 4 infantry brigades (Ribnita, Dubasari, Tiraspol and Bender); a special brigade; Battalion of tanks, equipped with 20 fighting machines; 18 missile launch systems of the “Grad” type and less than a 100 pieces of artillery.

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500 military students, including minors, trained by Transnistrian soldiers in the Security Zone

During the hearing of the Moldovan Joint Control Commission (September 13) on the Situation in the Security Zone, the Moldovan delegation called for explanations regarding the military actions organized on 7-9 September by the military structures of Tiraspol near the Mereneşti locality, in the southern sector of the Security Zone.

About 500 military students, including minors: Cadets and Suvorovists who, under the guidance of the Transnistrian soldiers, attended a training course with the use of military equipment. Such incidents occurred simultaneously at the bridges over the river Nistru Gura Bâcului – Baciuc and Rezina – Ribnita.

These are some of the many waves of abuse committed by Tiraspol, that violate the right to free movement in the Security Zone and prove the importance of ensuring security and free movement in the Security Zone by the peacekeeping contingent jointly with Police and the so-called Russian “militia”.

Discussions on the subject will be continued at the next JCC meeting scheduled for 20 September 2018.

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Dodon refuses to admit that “Crimea belongs to Ukraine”

After being invited to the “Puterea a patra (tr. Fourth Power)” show on N4 television, Dodon refused to firmly answer the moderator’s questions regarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“In the 27 years of independence of the Republic of Moldova, the leadership of our country recognized the territorial integrity of the neighboring state, and nothing has changed”, declared Dodon.

At the insistence of the moderator, who asked “Which country should Crimea belong to?”, Dodon refused to answer, saying only that “it has already been exposed”.

A similar situation happened in October 2016, during the RTR-Moldova electoral debates, where, asked the same question, Igor Dodon answered that “Crimea belongs to the Russian Federation”, after which refused to unveil the subject.

Reminder: In late August, at a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian diplomatic corps, President Poroshenko said he accepts a talk only if Igor Dodon supports the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state.

Source: Deschide.MD

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