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During the height of the school crisis in summer 2004, Transdniestrian militia stormed the Evrica lyceum and evicted the pupils, teachers and parents from their premises. Since October 2004 the school has been forced to operate 'in exile', renting the premises of a kindergarten from a local factory.
"The local authorities in Ribnita have de facto stolen this building. They must give the building back to the school without any further delay and without any conditions".
8 November 2005 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today said Russia's military presence in Moldova's separatist province of Transdniester is essential to the region's stability.
"We are very interested in the withdrawal of the remaining property, but that can be done only with progress in the Transdniestria settlement negotiations".
"An improvement in relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol will help with the withdrawal of the remaining military property".
Originally posted by Ulvetann
Russias REAL problem in handling this issue is that the Chain-of-Command regarding the 'Russian peacekeeping force' don't takes orders from the President of Russia anymore.
Soj: Fall-out from Romania's Base Deal
I wrote a full-length piece on the CFE and it's importance back in June, which you can find here. In short, the CFE is one of the least glamorous but most important treaties for world security. While many people focus on chemical or nuclear weapons, the CFE deals with conventional weaponry likes tanks and helicopters. And despite the "showbiz" quality of nerve agents etc., it's tanks and helicopters which have killed millions of people in Europe's bloody past.
While the treaty has been signed by a number of western countries, it has not been ratified, which means it is not actually in effect, although many countries have acted more or less like it is.
If there's one thing the European continent does not need, it's for Russia and her allies to feel threatened by a build-up of conventional forces.
Click the link for the complete post by Soj.
RFE/RL's Romania-Moldova Service correspondent Vitalie Condratchi said in Moldova's capital Chisinau this afternoon that, "The elections will [likely] be legitimate according to their election laws because the turnout was 23 percent of eligible voters at 12 o'clock noon. In order for the elections to be valid [under the local electoral laws], they need turnout of at least 25 percent."
The international community has declined to recognize the election and therefore did not send observers to the region's 278 polling stations.
Stratan expressed regret that the Ljubljana forum failed to adopt final document and a declaration on Moldova. “At the same time, I believe it is useless to strive for sterile and in fact formal documents for the only sake of proving the presence of a consensus in the OSCE on essential issues”, the minister said.
In his words, in Ljubljana the Moldovan delegation was ready to negotiations on some issues, “but there exist certain principles, such as the observance of Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity that cannot be a subject of negotiations. At the same time, there can be no doubt that Transnistria has to be provided with a special legal status within the Republic of Moldova”.
He thinks that democratization and demilitarization of the left Dniester bank is an indispensable condition for solving the Transnistria problem, and that “the current Tiraspol regime is not able to ensure genuine democratization of the region. On the contrary, the regime uses intimidation methods to keep the population in awe”.
“Chisinau had repeatedly stated that the Dniester theme actually remains the only problematic one in our relations with Russia,” Stratan noted. In his opinion, “Russia should withdraw its troops from the region in order to get the Dniester problem finally settled”.
“Some contradictions in politics and diplomacy should remain on the agenda of diplomatic discussions and should not tell on the economic, cultural and personal relations between our two countries,” Stratan believes. “Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity cannot be the subject of any negotiations,” he stressed, adding that “the Dniester Region should be doubtlessly given a special legal status within the bounds of Moldova”.
News From Russia
The EU has revoked the visa restrictions for eight Tiraspol officials, which it considered responsible for the closure of Romanian language schools located in the Transdniestrian region.
(...) the British EU Presidency seeks from the Transdniestrian administration to reestablish the status of the Rabnita school and to create all the conditions for it to function. (...)
The representative of the European Union left the talks earlier because he had some important meetings.
Farmers from the Chisinau-controlled villages on the left bank of the Dniester river will be able to harvest their crop in exchange for a tax of 0.18 percent of agricultural production transported on the other side of the Ribnita-Tiraspol highway.
Also, the sides decided to replace the alleged Transnistrian customs stations with militia and police stations.
Another issue that challenged disputes at negotiation envisaged the organisation of democratic elections in the Transnistrian region. Finally, the sides decided to institute an "evaluation mission" to asses this situation.
Asked to comment on reaction of Transnistrians to the idea of an evaluation mission, Hill said that "it would be an exaggeration to say that the sides accepted the conduct of some free and democratic elections in the Transnistrian region. Negotiations were very difficult. Tiraspol accepted some positions, but it gave up later some points that we already regarded as coordinated. We were so late from this reason. I hope that concrete steps forward settlement of the problem would be taken in future, including in connection with tensions in the Dubasari district. The situation was and is difficult. The outcome could be much better," Hill added.
Gheorghe Susarenco, lawmaker of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (PPCD), demanded the government on Thursday, December 22, to declare William Hill, head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova as persona non grata and to expel him from country.
(...)asked Premier Vasile Tarlev to sack Reintegration Minister Vasile Sova for "being incompetent and for not speaking one of the three official languages of the Moldovan Transnistrian republic."
Moldova Azi: Smirnovs “leashed” Entire Transnistrian Region, a Romanian Newspaper Claims
January 5 2006
The family of the separatist leader of the so-called Transnistrian republic, Igor Smirnov, has practically got under control this region, with family members seizing almost all economy sectors, and the political class is subdued 100%, Romanian newspaper Averea claims.
One of the two sons of Tiraspol’s leader has under his personal and exclusive control the customs, the other has control over the Sheriff group, monopolising the range of luxury markets and fuel stations in across the enclave.
Tiraspol separatist leaders and their families had been accused by the Moldovan and international media, and also by politicians, of dubious businesses and money laundering. Transnistria is considered by many persons as “Europe’s black hole”, where the regime is kept by drug-dealers, human and arms traffickers.