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Former Commander of the National Army: An uncontrolled explosion of ammunition in Transnistria may be equivalent to the Hiroshima explosion

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About 20,000 tons of expired ammunition in the ammunition depot at Cobasna, a city under Tiraspol jurisdiction, is a very big danger not only for the Republic of Moldova but also for the entire area. This opinion belongs to General and former Commander of the National Army, Vitalie Stoian, TVR Moldova reports.

“Studies show that an uncontrolled explosion at this warehouse may be equivalent to the Hiroshima explosion in 1945, which killed about 170,000 people (…) Nowadays, the Russian Federation is taking care of this deposit. Could be that a small part is taken care of by the military forces in the Transnistrian region. We have no access and therefore no knowledge of it. We could only estimate,” Vitalie Stoian explained at the Punctul Pe Azi show, where he discussed Russia’s lack of interest in withdrawing troops from the left bank of the Dniester.

According to Vitalie Stoian, in order for Moldova to have access to this ammunition, there must be a resolution from the Russian Federation and the Transnistrian region.

“Transparency needs to be ensured, access to international organizations must be ensured to verify the situation of this munitions. We know at the moment that this ammunition can not be transported, at least this was the argument of the Russian Federation. We have to disassemble and neutralize all of it,” says Vitalie Stoian.

Reminder: From 2000 to 2003, part of the ammunition, including armored equipment, was transported from Transnistria.

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Miroslav Lajčák: “The OSCE and Slovakia are ready to provide the necessary support within the Transnistrian settlement process”

“We need a regulation based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, within internationally recognized borders, including a special status for the Transnistrian region.”

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The statement was made today in Chisinau by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Slovakia, Miroslav Lajčák, after his meeting with Foreign and European Integration Minister Tudor Ulianovschi.

In this context, Minister Miroslav Lajčák welcomed the efforts and contribution of the Government of the Republic of Moldova to achieve real results that are beneficial to the citizens.

“I am glad to see that we are seeing a real and tangible process – the bridge is open, the children attend schools with the Latin script, the farmers process their land in Dubasari, the cars circulate with the neutral registration plates. We need to use this “momentum” and grow it continuously,” declared the Bratislava official.

In this context, the Slovak Foreign Minister stressed that “OSCE and Slovakia, as the country holding the presidency, are ready to give all the necessary support.”

“I presented the priorities of the Slovak presidency at the end of last year in Vienna, and today I am in Chisinau. This shows how important Moldova and the Transnistrian settlement process in particular really is to us. We want to focus on the political aspect, but also to help people affected by conflicts. “

Referring to the parliamentary elections in February 2019, Miroslav Lajcak reiterated their importance for the Republic of Moldova, noting that the mission of OSCE observers is already active in our country.

For his part, Minister Tudor Ulianovschi expressed confidence that this year, with joint efforts, there will be efficient cooperation, based on mutual respect, in order to increase the dialogue in the framework of political negotiations and advancement in the Transnistrian settlement process.

During the dialogue, the head of Moldovan diplomacy reiterated the increased interest of the Chisinau authorities regarding the organization by the Slovak Presidency of new rounds of negotiations in the “5 + 2” format.

The official stressed that the Republic of Moldova relies on Slovakia’s support in its efforts to resume talks on the withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory on the OSCE platform and to transform the current peacekeeping operation from the security zone into a civilian international mandate.

Moreover, Minister Tudor Ulianovschi also referred to the need to carry out an international inspection of the Cobasna ammunition depot, which, in the shadow of political discussions, is becoming a growing socio-humanitarian danger for both the Republic of Moldova and the neighboring states.

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Disputes raised at the first meeting of the Joint Control Commission in 2019

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The Unified Control Commission focused its discussions at this year’s first session on the Moldovan delegation’s proposals to develop a Security Zone monitoring mechanism in line with the commitments made under the protocol signed in January 2017.

The refusal of the representatives of Tiraspol to accept this approach has generated fierce disputes between the participants.

The arguments presented by the Moldovan delegation, supported by the representatives of Ukraine, would remove the previously signaled deficiencies and would ensure that the incidents in the Security Zone are not admitted.

The proposal of the Moldovan delegation to train the OSCE Mission to develop such a monitoring mechanism was also rejected.

At the same time, the work of military observers and their reports was addressed, in particular, refusals to sign some reports that do not objectively reflect violations committed in the Security Zone.

The Moldovan delegation reiterated that such situations are caused by the lack of a separate regulation of the Joint Military Command.

As arguments were presented cases in which some military applications deployed in the Security Zone and publicized, including on official sites, are not found in the reports of the military observers (a fact which determined the military representatives of the Republic of Moldova not to target such projects of incomplete acts).

The Chisinau delegation also referred to the long term, during which the parties can not reach a consensus on some important topics.

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A deputy is being prosecuted for $3,500 theft in Transnistria

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Transnistrian Supreme Soviet Deputy Vasili Vlasov is being prosecuted for the embezzlement of public money in particularly high proportions while he was the director of “Tirasteploenergo”. It is about 57,000 of Transnistrian rubles (about 3,500 dollars) that he would have received illegally.

According to the INFOTAG agency, the region’s prosecutor, Anatoliy Guretsky, has asked the Supreme Soviet to agree to the detention, and arrest the former deputy.

Guretsky said that during the investigation, Vlasov actively tried to influence the criminal file by preventing the obtaining of testimonies from other persons.

Vlasov did not come to the Supreme Soviet meeting “because of health problems,” but addressed colleagues with a letter. He states that in the criminal case he was invited by the Committee of Inquiry as a witness and stresses that testimonies have been filed by the official who has the status of the accused.

Examining the prosecutor’s request, the parliamentary commission for mandates, regulation, and ethics of the deputy refused to detain him, but accepted “conducting investigative measures against him” instead.

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