Moldovan deputy reintegration minister, OSCE official discuss cooperation aspects
The prospects of cooperation with the Greek OSCE chairmanship and the 2009 priorities on the Transnistrian conflict settlement were approached during a meeting between Moldovan Deputy Reintegration Minister Ion Stavila and a special envoy of the OSCE chairman-in-office for unsettled conflicts, Charalmpos Christopoulos, the Reintegration Ministry's press service has said, MOLDPRESS reported.
Stavila unveiled a comprehensive report on the main lines set for 2009 on the Transnistrian conflict settlement, as well as on the actions due to be undertaken in this respect. Stavila underlined the importance to resume negotiations in the five-plus-two format, which is the only legal format, within which a special juridical status of the region which would observe the Moldovan sovereignty and territorial integrity is to be adopted.
Stavila reiterated the Moldovan authorities' willingness to continue strengthening confidence and supporting the population from the region in order to improve living conditions and to create a favourable climate for the negotiating process. Special attention was paid to the initiatives of demilitarisation of those two sides of the Dniestre river, which would effectively contribute to fostering the political settlement of the conflict.
For his part, the Greek diplomat made a review on the activity programme of the Greek OSCE chairmanship and said that one of its priorities is to support the efforts on the Transnistrian conflict settlement.
Christopoulos highly appreciated the Moldovan authorities' strategy on the Transnistrian conflict settlement, describing it as a constructive and well-thought one. The foreign official confirmed the political will to effectively achieve the proposed goals, including the implementation of initiatives aimed at reducing the military risks and strengthening peace and security in the region.