Moldovan Foreign Minister: “The OSCE has to contribute to settlement of the conflicts while respecting territorial integrity”

Moldovan Foreign Minister: “The OSCE has to contribute to settlement of the conflicts while respecting territorial integrity”
# 05 December 2008 13:41 (UTC +04:00)
Helsinki. Tamara Grigorieva –APA. “We are now in a crucial moment when the OSCE has to demonstrate its viability, effectively contributing to peaceful settlement of the conflicts while respecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders of states”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova Andrei Stratan said at the 16th OSCE Ministerial Council, APA correspondent reports from Helsinki. Stratan said according to a widely opinion spread at the international level, the Transnistrian conflict, unlike other conflicts in former Soviet area, is less complex, therefore it could be solved much more easily. “As a basis for such assertion serves the fact that there are no ethnic or religious contradictions at the origin of the Transnistrian conflict that could add a particular complexity to the settlement process. Nevertheless, we have to state with regret that, in spite of efforts made during the last 17 years with a strong involvement of major international actors, the Transnistrian problem so far remains an unresolved one. We believe that the failure of our efforts can be explained first of all by the lack of adequate political will on the part of some actors involved, and by the eminently geopolitical nature of the Transnistrian problem”.
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