France, Helsinki, 5 Dec. / Trend corr. I.Gusatinskaya/ Moldovan Foreign Minister says lack of political will in several countries impedes settlement of the Trans-Dniester conflict.
Despite all efforts that have been made by international organizations during 17 years, the Trans-Dniester conflict has not yet been settled and Foreign Minister of Moldova Andrei Stratan says the reason is lack of political will in several countries. He made the statement at the OSCE Foreign Minister's Helsinki meeting on 5 Dec.
The Trans-Dniester conflict occurred after collapse of the USSR, when several Moldovan regions on the left bank of the Dniester River, scared with Kishinev radicals' statements about possible annexation of Moldova to Romania, announced establishment of a Trans-Dniester Republic of Moldova. Moldovan authorities rejected the decision and tried to deploy troops in the unrecognized republic, after which the conflict began.
Artificial lingering of settlement is unproductive, said Stratan. According to the Moldovan FM, conflict in Georgia aggravated unsettled conflicts in various regions. He believes the troops that were deployed after the armistice of 1992 have fulfilled their mission and must be replaced with international force in order to ensure stability in the region. Russian troops, armament and ammunition must be withdrawn transparently and without any terms.
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