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Round of 5+2 talks ends with solidified agreements between Chișinău and Tiraspol on socio-economic issues

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On November 28th, another round of 5+2 negotiations ended in Vienna under the Austrian Chairmanship. At the end of negotiations, the political representatives of Moldova and the Tiraspol administration confirmed their commitment to finalize the solutions for recent four issues, but also reiterated the progress on previous issues stipulated by the Berlin Protocol. The conclusions of these talks were elaborated in the so-called Vienna Protocol.

“The Sides, together with international partners, further solidified the agreements on several social and economic issues signed in recent days.”, commended Ambassador Wolf Dietrich Heim, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process. According to Heim,

Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge over Nistru river, Source: gov.md

the 5+2 observers and mediators welcome the commitment to solve some issues by February 2018, especially in the case of the participation of Transnistria-registered vehicles in the international traffic. The other agreements regard the apostilization of educational documents issued in Transdniestria, the organization of interaction in the field of telecommunications, ensuring the functioning of the Moldova-administered Latin Script Schools and the use of farmlands in Dubasari region.

The opening of the Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge over Nistru river was particularly given as an example of intensified cooperation of the Republic of Moldova and the separatist authorities from the left bank.

In the opinion of the OSCE Ambassador to Moldova, Michael Scanlan, the success of the Vienna talks is just a product of dedicated work on the part of the Working Groups and the Chief Negotiators, but also the personal involvement of leaders of both sides in the dialogue.

While the press-release of the Moldovan Government mentions nothing but the talks on the above-mentioned issues, the so-called Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Transnistria reports that the chief negotiator, “foreign minister” Vitaly Ignatiev, informed about the negative consequences of the joint border checkpoints of Moldova and Ukraine. Whether it was a topic of talks, we may not know, but we can guess that one of the topics was the prospect status of Transnistria within the Republic of Moldova. The Ukrainian representative in the negotiations, Viktor Kryzhanivskyi, recently confirmed in an interview that the status talks are on the way.

5+2 negotiations regard the talks on the conflict resolution between the separatist authorities of the 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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Transnistrian Minister of Foreign Affairs: There were many delusions that the conflict between Moldova and Transnistria is very easy to resolve

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The head of the Transnistrian diplomatic mission told about what is slowing down the negotiation process.

The First Transnistrian TV channel took an interview from the Transnistrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vitaly Ignatiev, who claims that the Transnistrian side is trying to focus on concrete matters, on a specific agenda within the conflict negotiation process.

Ignatiev drew attention to the fact that the position of President Vadim Krasnoselsky, who previously declared that it makes no sense to meet with Moldovan counterparts without a specific agenda, is connected with this.

According to him, over the years of the negotiation formats on the Moldovan-Transnistrian settlement, various visions, plans or approaches that took place, there were many delusions that the conflict was very easy to resolve.

However, the Transnistrian diplomat refuses to recognize Transnistria as part of Moldova.

“We have absolutely legitimate international legal, historical grounds for recognizing the independence of Transnistria. We have a generation of Transnistrians who have not lived a single day in the Soviet Moldova. Any settlement should be based on the will of the people. We rely on the will of the population, which has already determined its fate within referendums,” the minister added.

He stated that Transnistria lives in accordance with its Constitution, and Moldova, in turn, lives within its legislative space.

“There is not a single signal about the eagerness of the Moldovan authorities to deal with these issues seriously, although there are a lot of statements about the issue. Sometimes these statements create an unnecessary background and interfere with the dialogue,” the diplomat concluded.

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Transnistrian president Krasnoselsky: Discussing issues with the Moldovan president is impractical at the moment.

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Recently, the president of Moldova, Igor Dodon has made an announcement that, in December, there is a scheduled meeting with the President of Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky.

The event will take place in Bender, writes the Transnistrian news portal novostiprm.com.

However, the according to the separatist press, Krasnoselsky made it clear that there will be no meeting “just for the sake of meeting”, affirming that there are enough unresolved issues and problems on the negotiation agenda.

“A clear agenda is necessary, and I don’t see it the moment. Those 5 + 2 questions format do not correspond to his competences. Furthermore, in principle, discussing these issues with Igor Dodon is impractical. The president of Moldova should have his own agenda,” declared the president of Transnistria.

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The House of Culture of a Transnistrian village has been renovated with European money

After a long time, the inhabitants of the village of Carmanova on the left bank of the Nistru celebrated the patronage of the House of Culture. It’s been built in 1970 and has never been repaired. In the nineties, the heating system was completely damaged. For the first time in 28 years, during the cold season, the holidays will be organized under appropriate conditions. The edifice was connected to the water supply, sewage and is equipped with a modern heating system.

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“The village of Carmanova was founded 200 years ago by Germans, mostly from Germany and France (Alsace), as well as families from Poland and Hungary. The first name of the locality is Neudorf. Renovation of the cultural house in this village is of particular importance to the European Union and the Member States: it is a symbol of the common history with this territory and its locals and proof that this common history continues daily, including through the effort to improve conditions for the local population,” said Fabien Schaeffer, project manager within the European Union Delegation in the Republic of Moldova.

“Due to the constant temperature, paintings, costumes, and other items are kept under proper conditions. We have ten creative teams. We work in kinusayga techniques, “sand art”, and more. Dance, singing, and concerts will take place in comfortable conditions,” declared Natalia Stoian, head of the House of Culture.

The European Union has allocated EUR 150,795 for the renovation of the building. Carmanova House of Culture is one of over 80 infrastructure objects renovated through the European Union-funded “Support to Confidence Building Measures” program implemented by UNDP Moldova – a program which contributes to the consolidation of trust between the inhabitants of both sides of the Dniester River through their involvement in joint projects.

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