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Republic of Moldova establishes diplomatic relations with the Republic of Benin

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24 January 2018- Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Benin established diplomatic relations.

The ceremony of signing the protocol on the diplomatic relations took place at the Representation Office of the Republic of Moldova at the United Nations in New York, with the presence of the Moldovan Ambassador Victor Moraru and the Benin Ambassador, Jean-Claude de Rego.

Ambassador de Rego and Ambassador Moraru

The two officials reportedly exchanged opinions on the possibilities for improving the bilateral relations, the existent potential of cooperation in the social and economic domains, as well as on the Moldo-Beninese interaction within the UN.

The representatives submitted a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to inform the UN Member States about the newly established diplomatic relations.

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An outline of the ‘Open Dialog’ scandal. PAS and DTPP in the gunsight of the Moldovan Parliament

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Yesterday, November 12th the second meeting of the parliamentary commission on the investigation concerning the Open Dialog Foundation took place. Initially, the representative of PAS (Party of Action and Solidarity) declared in a press release that Maia Sandu will go in the Parliament hearing in order to “make things clear and to end the lies spread in the so-called enquiry regarding the PAS funding sources.”

Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase, the leaders of the electoral bloc “ACUM”, were waiting at the parliament entrance ready to enter along with the journalists, when they were announced that the commission would meet in a closed session and they are invited to the hearing one by one. Sandu and Nastase refused to participate, declaring it a farce. “There are no reasons for having the meeting in a closed session. We are not government workers. We don’t have any obligations to keep state secrets and they can’t discuss them with us”, mentioned Sandu. They organised a press conference right at the entrance of the Parliament. “There are two main goals of these closed meetings: first, discrediting PAS and DTPP (Dignity and Truth Platform Party), and the second, trying to remove our parties from the electoral campaign”, mentions Sandu during the press conference.

As official sources state, the main objective of the enquiry commission was to collect and analyse information, as well as to formulate recommendations, without any legal competences. Still, the president of the parliamentary commission – Igor Vremea, declared after the second hearing, that the leaders of PAS and DTPP were “obliged” by law to come at the second session, as the main scope was to hear their opinion on the information provided for the commission.

Background information

On October 4th, the Moldovan Parliament formed, at the initiative of DPM, an enquiry commission for elucidating the allegations of the Open Dialog Foundation and its founder’s – Ludmila Kozlowska, interference in the domestic affairs of the Republic of Moldova, as well as funding PAS and DTPP political parties.

The first official hearing was organised on November 2nd. It also was a meeting in closed session. From the very beginning, Maia Sandu asked to be summoned to a public hearing and refused to make statements to the committee in a closed session. According to the PAS leader, the closed sessions are “neither for revealing the truth by the Parliament, nor to inform people about what happened”. In response to that, Andrian Candu, the speaker of the Moldovan Parliament, declared that the Sandu’s request is an attempt to block the hearings, as she is aware that the analysed information is confidential.

Regarding the allegations that were made, Maia Sandu claimed that the only thing that was funded by the Open Dialog Foundation was a visit for an event in Brussels, having the European Parliament and the Open Dialog Foundation as the event’s organizers. Other than that, PAS never received any financial support from the Open Dialog Foundation.

Moreover, Ludmila Kozlovska denied in an interview for Jurnal TV that the Open Dialog Foundation has ever financed the opposition parties of Republic of Moldova. “It is a complete fabrication” she declared, “and it’s absurd that they consider me and my organisation a threat for Republic of Moldova”. She sees the act of organising a parliamentary commission as a desperate measure taken by DPM (Democratic Party of Moldova).

Open Dialog Foundation

The Open Dialog Foundation is involved at the moment in dealing with several cases of political prisoners from Russia, Republic of Moldova and Kazakhstan. After an analysis of the situation in Republic of Moldova, reports were sent to European Union institutions, and efforts were made on behalf of this institution for freezing the financial support from EU to Moldova. “In turn, Vladimir Plahotniuc started to denigrate the Open Dialog Foundation, this is how people had the opportunity to hear more often about it”, states Kozlovska.

What’s also important to be mentioned is that, according to the Newsmaker fact-check, the press release of the Parliament of Republic of Moldova contains several fake or misinterpreted information about Ludmila Kozlovska. For example, the press release text states that she was expatriated from Poland for being suspected of cooperation with Russian special forces. In reality, her entering in Belgium was banned on August 13, 2018 because Poland included her in the SIS (Schengen Information System) blacklist without stating any reason for that. About the so-called cooperation with the Russian special forces, wrote Marcin Rey, a polish blogger, and his article was mentioned as an “expert” source in the Moldovan Parliament press release.  Another fake information that was included in the press release and in the media, is that the Ukrainian Security Service blamed Ludmila Kozlovska in “betrayal of her homeland”, while she only appears as a witness in a court case.

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Moldova will have to pay a compensation of millions of dollars to a US investor

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This year, the government will have to pay the sum of $537,802, which will be the first 30% compensation of over 1,792 million dollars (about 30.5 million lei) to the American businessman Zbigniew Piotr Grot, according to mold-street.com.

This concerns the execution of the arbitral award adopted on June 28, by the ICSID in the case of Zbigniew Piotr Grot, Grot Cimarron LLC, Laguardia USA LLC and ICS Laguardia SRL against the Republic of Moldova.

The remaining $1.25 million, representing 70% of the ICSID’s total, will be paid out of the state budget projected for 2019.

Moldova has violated international treaties

The US investor’s attempts to resolve the case in the courts of the Republic of Moldova have failed, the ICSID claiming about $3 million in damages was addressed.

At its meeting on June 28, the Court ruled that the Republic of Moldova violated the rights of the American investor and did not respect the provisions of the Agreement on the Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments signed with the United States.

Reminder: The US State Department, whose representatives met with Moldovan diplomats last year, is also interested in the case.

“While analyzing the latest developments, especially the position of the RM and the non-actions of the Ministry of Justice of the RM, the US side suspects Moldova’s violation of the provisions of the multilateral and regional treaties on investments to which the US is a party”, declared a report issued by the Ministry of Business Foreign.

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Angela Merkel accuses Russia of destabilizing the situation in the Republic of Moldova

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia of destabilizing the situation in several post-Soviet countries, including the Republic of Moldova.

“Almost all former Soviet republics that are not part of NATO and the EU are confronted with internal conflicts generated by Russia,” IPN referring to dw.com.

Merkel spoke to German military deployed in Lithuania and referred to Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan. All of these countries are now concerned about the restoration of territorial integrity because Russia has either fragmented parts of their territories or broached internal conflicts, Merkel added.

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