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Moldovan deputy PM, head of OSCE mission discuss Transdniestrian conflict settlement

CHISINAU. March 13 (Interfax) – Chisinau’s chief negotiator and Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Oleg Serebrian and head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Mission to Moldova Kelly Keiderling discussed the current pace of Transdniestrian settlement talks and the Moldovan government’s priorities in the country’s reintegration policy, the Moldovan Reintegration Bureau told Interfax.

The parties noted the complicated security situation both inside the country and in the region, the statement said. The interlocutors reaffirmed “the need to maintain stability, including along the perimeter of the security zone and in the eastern regions of the country.”

Other issues related to the Transdniestrian dossier, current issues on the agenda of the talks and ways to resolve them were also discussed at the meeting. The parties spoke in favor of “continuing the dialogue aimed at promoting an atmosphere of normalcy, predictability and trust on both banks of the Dniester River.”

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and North Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani visited Moldova on February 13-15. During his visit, he urged the Moldovan leadership and the Transdniestrian authorities to intensify dialogue to resolve current problems, noting that this process will be a priority for the Organization during the North Macedonian chairmanship.

Osmani said then that the OSCE is fully aware of the current problems faced by Moldova and the current North Macedonian chairmanship backs the country in resolving these problems.

He also affirmed the importance of the 5+2 talks and the maintenance of the 1+1 dialogue between Chisinau and Tiraspol.