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New tensions in the Security Zone – Moldova’s delegation rings the alarm

The Moldovan delegation from the Joint Control Commission (JCC) is alarmed by the “violations found in the Security Zone committed by the border guards of Tiraspol.”

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“At the JCC meeting on 30 May, the abusive installation of a Transnistrian border guard post (named “Kurgan Slavy”) was discussed in the perimeter of the town of Pohrebea, instead of the so-called “militia”. The issues raised by the Transnistrian side are irrelevant.

The representatives of the Moldovan Delegation say that there have been no changes in infrastructure or increases in efficiency. According to them, the unilateral installation of this new border guard line is flagrantly contradictory to the provisions of the protocol of the Joint Control Commission meeting on February 16, 2012, which decided to exclude the “border guard” station. The control would be placed under the responsibility of the police and “militia” structures.

In that case, following the refusal of the interlocutors to place the subject on the agenda, a consensual decision was made to request military observers to inspect the reference location, with emphasis on compliance with the provisions of that protocol.

“Our delegation qualifies the recent changes in the alleged force structures on Transnistria, namely the transfer of additional competencies to posts to the border guards. This is party of the Transnistrian administration’s efforts to create a “border” in the Security Zone. These intentions are unacceptable and contradict the basic agreements and protocols signed during the peacekeeping mission,” Moldovan representatives added.

During the meeting, the Joint Military Command Report on the Situation in the Security Zone was approved for May 22-28.

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Maia Sandu urges Tiraspol to lift the travel ban for officials of the Republic of Moldova

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Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with representatives of the mediators and observers in the “3+2” negotiation format. The discussions focused on the evaluation of the current stage of the Transnistrian settlement process.

Maia Sandu requested assistance from the “3+2” representatives in determining the Transnistrian party to eliminate in the near future the ban on traveling to the left bank for all citizens of the Republic of Moldova.

According to a government communiqué, the prime minister stressed that the “5+2” negotiation format for the Transnistrian settlement should become a platform to help fight corruption and smuggling.

“We have also discussed this in Kiev and I am glad that we have the same position in relation to this issue. The fight against corruption and smuggling in the Transnistrian region must be a priority. We will ensure that both state institutions and government officials will no longer be involved in corruption and smuggling schemes with Tiraspol, as it had happened in the past. As long as the Transnistrian region will be a major source of illegal enrichment for some people, there will be no real progress in identifying a political solution.”

In this context, Maia Sandu mentioned the need to prolong the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM).

The head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Claus Neukirch, reiterated that securing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, with a special status for the Transnistrian region, is the key factor in the mission’s work, but also the main goal of the “5+2” format.

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New cases of hindering free movement in the Security Zone

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The problem of the Tiraspol structures in the Security Zone being abused by additional stationary stations of so-called border guards and mobile patrols of the “border guards and customs officers,” was heatedly discussed at the last meeting of the Joint Control Commission.

This time, our delegation’s attempts to put the issue on the new illegal border post of Transnistrian border guards in the perimeter of Pohrebea were not supported by the interlocutors, a press release from the Reintegration Policy Bureau announced.

According to the source, the delegation of the Russian Federation and the Transnistrian region insist on the exit of the military observers only to find confirm its existence, without underlining that its establishment constitutes a violation of the Commission’s decisions.

This time, the Moldovan delegation refers to the selective application of the provisions of the Commission Protocols and the biased treatment of the cases of abuse committed by the Transnistrian side.

Moreover, during the conference, those heard were the members of the working groups, especially those on the issues in the Security Zone. With reference to the Transnistrian border post “Zagornoe-Copanca”, which was established instead of the pacification, it was discovered that the representatives of the Transnistrian party and of the Russian Federation in the Joint Military Command invoked some superficial reasons and did not perform the task of transmitting the requested materials, found in the archive of military component management.

As a consequence, the OSCE Mission Representative warned about the creation of a blockage and called for the direct involvement of delegation leaders to boost the work of those responsible for delaying the provision of the requested documentation.

At the same time, following a series of cases of intimidation and detention of the inhabitants of Chircăieşti village by the border guards and Transnistrian customs patrols, on the segment between Chircăieşti and Chiţcani localities and near the Botna river, the Moldovan delegation evoked the provocative practices of the structures subordinated to Tiraspol, which violates citizens’ right to free movement.

In an address to representatives of the Russian Federation, the OSCE Mission, and Ukraine, the Moldovan delegation requested assistance in maintaining the situation in the Security Zone in accordance with the provisions of the Moldovan-Russian Agreement of 21 July 1992 and the decisions adopted at the level of the Joint Control Commission.

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Dmitry Kozak states that Plahotniuc gave him an envelope with ideas of Moldova’s federalization

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Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and the special representative of the Russian President for Economic and Trade Relations with Moldova, argued that Vladimir Plahotniuc handed him an envelope containing an A4 sheet with proposals for changing the political course of the Republic of Moldova. The proposal includes the goal of reorientation towards Moscow and settlement of the Transnistrian problem through federalization of the republic, writes “Kommersant”.

At the June 3 meeting between Kozak and the oligarch/leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Plahotniuc handed over an envelope with four proposals on the conditions for a coalition with Socialist Party of Moldova.

According to the document, the proposals of the Democratic Party of Moldova for stabilizing the country’s external path in order to create an alliance with PSRM would be the following:

  1. Prohibit the joining of any military blocs (NATO and others);
  2. Ensure the status of neutrality in order to counteract the unionist movement (the idea of ​​union with Romania);
  3. Change of Moldova’s political orientation in favor of federalization, aimed at solving the Transnistrian conflict;
  4. Reorientation of Moldova’s foreign policy towards the restoration and development of good neighborly relations with Russia (historically, economically, politically and culturally).

In the interview, Kozak insists that the formation of the parliamentary coalition and a new government in Chisinau is not the choice of Moscow, but an internal problem of the Republic of Moldova.

According to his allegations, the recommended action the Russian Deputy Prime Minister gave to the Socialists and the President of the Republic of Moldova (Igor Dodon), was “not to take into account any secret proposals of Vladimir Plahotniuc or of any other parties.”

Reminder: In a press release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Russian Federation, Moscow claimed that it welcomes the formation of the ruling coalition and the Government of the Republic of Moldova.

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