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Tiraspol seems to accept Chișinău’s conditions for Transnistrian vehicles to enter international traffic

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The separatist authorities of the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic (PMR) seem to be conceding to Chișinău in the issue of access to the international traffic. At least, this can be deducted from the recent statement of the Tiraspol administration after the meeting of the local leader Vadim Krasnoselsky with the local “foreign minister”, Vitaly Igantiev.

The latter reportedly informed Krasnoselsky about the progress made by the joint expert groups on automobile transportation.

In particular, he informed about sending a letter to all actors of the 5+2 dialogue on the compromises acceptable for Tiraspol in order to have access to the international traffic:

“Yesterday, Transnistria sent an official letter to all the participants of the 5+2 format with a position paper containing all those compromise steps that we are willing to take in regard to the participation of the Transnistrian auto transportation in the international traffic. We think that this problem can be solved in the close future with the necessary political will from the behalf of Chișinău and their readiness for taking compromise decisions”, accordingly said Ignatiev.

In his turn, Krasnoselsky appreciated the current development around the issue and underlined that it is in Transnistria’s interest to use neutral number plates and registration cards:

“The citizens must register the automobiles, receive the respective documents and number plates according to their residence”, indicated PMR’s president.

Two weeks before, representatives of the Tiraspol administration insisted on allowing registration of vehicles with foreign passports and on registration certificates issued by regional “structures”. Reminding of the provisions of the 1968 Vienna Convention that issuing authority is responsible for the vehicles in the international traffic, the Moldovan experts refused the counterproposal, but reiterated their openness to a neutral model of number plates and accepted the possibility of them being made in Tiraspol.

It is worth mentioning that Transnistria has its own car number plates that are not accepted in the international traffic because of the unrecognized status of the region. The Transnistria-registered cars can be driven on the right bank of Nistru if they have Moldovan insurance license. Ignatiev himself had to confront the problems of having a Transnistria-registered car: in June 2017, the Moldovan police confiscated his diplomatic number plates from his car and told to go back from right to left bank of Nistru.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy. Inquiries at [email protected]

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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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Tiraspol is opposing to the establishment of an effective monitoring mechanism in the Security Zone

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The Moldovan delegation’s attempts to determine the parties to execute the current protocol that provides for an effective monitoring mechanism for the Security Zone was also reiterated at the Joint Control Commission (JCC) meeting on 27 December.

According to a communiqué from the Moldovan Delegation, the focus on the subject and the insistence of our delegation, the persistence of violations by the militarized structures of Tiraspol, and the shortcomings found in the current identification procedure as well as the documentation of violations derive from the many incidents recorded in recent years in the Security Zone.

The arguments presented, according to which the parties already assumed the obligation to create such a mechanism and that it would allow future incidents to be avoided and would contribute to maintaining order in the Security Zone, were not accepted.

On the contrary, on the agenda of the meeting, the Transnistrian delegation tried to promote the issue of not allowing the modification of the existing mechanisms for controlling the situation in the Security Zone.

In the process, the head of the Transnistrian delegation was warned against the use of the JCC platform for launching political statements and misinforming public opinion as co-chair of the Commission, launching in the public space information and appraisals that do not correspond to reality.

In this case, on December 25, in an interview with a publication, he said that Chisinau would destabilize the situation in the Security Zone and would create a negative context in the conflict settlement process.

The gesture is regrettable given that it has previously noted in the Commission meetings that constructive approaches and tendencies have been dealt with in the Commission’s competence.

Following tense talks, the meeting ended without reaching a common denominator on the agenda.

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