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RosBusinessConsulting: Transnistria may curtail conflict settlement negotiations with Moldova
Transnistria may curtail negotiations with Moldova on the Transnistrian conflict settlement due to economic pressure applied by Moldova against the republic, President of the breakaway Transnistrian Republic Igor Smirnov told journalists. The President referred to Moldova's new cargo transit regulations, effective January 25, according to which all Transnistrian goods passing the Moldovan-Ukrainian border have to go through customs registration in Moldova. Tiraspol's possible moves on the matter will be made known after January 25.
"The decision taken by the Moldovan authorities is another attempt
by Chisinau to trespass on Transdniestria property. How could
negotiations continue in such a light?"
"No negotiations are possible under economic or any other form of
"This has nothing to do with additional difficulties for Transdniestria or with a blockade. There will be no problems or additional payments, one will have to pay only for customs services."
Basic Learning: Forgotten Wars (Soj)
Combatants: Gov't vs. Transdniester
Current Status: Frozen, with occasional troop build-ups along the border
Reason for Conflict: Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the region of Transdniestr declared independence. The majority of Moldova is populated by Moldovan-speaking people, virtually identical to ethnic Romanians and speaking a virtually identical language. Transdniestr is ethnic populated by Russians and Ukrainians.
Son of the Moldavian president, Oleg Voronin is missing, hints the Moldavian Timpul newspaper.
The day before yesterday the president’s son, one of the most prominent businessmen in the country, departed to Moscow guided by his bodyguards and disappeared.
This round has focused on establishing procedures for goods to move in and out of the region, a sliver of land on the east bank of the Dnestr River, with the approval of Moldovan customs.
Romanian-speaking Moldova says the measure will curtail rampant smuggling. Authorities in Dnestr, which enjoys no international recognition, say it amounts to an economic blockade.
The last round of the talks in December ended in failure. Negotiators had been trying to clinch agreement on sending a mission to Dnestr to investigate how to hold a free election.
The United States voiced frustration this week, saying stalemate had "retarded economic development in the region and prevented the people of Moldova ... from enjoying real peace.
"Unfortunately, none of the issues was solved, because everything is postponed under the alleged reason that different task forces or missions are created in the Transnistrian region"
Moldpres News Agency: PEACEKEEPING FORCES' REPRESENTATIVES FAIL TO AGREE ON NEW JOINT POST ON DUBASARI POWER STATION'S DAM
February 13, 2006
The Moldovan, Russian, Ukrainian and Transnistrian commanders in the peacekeeping forces' joint military command have failed to agree on the position of a new peacekeeping post on the dam of the Dubasari power station.
A Chisinau representative in the joint military command, Victor Macrinschi, has told MOLDPRES that the participants in a today's meeting of the joint military command, turned down the Moldovan side's proposal to set the peacekeeping post in place of the metallic fence, which the Transnistrian power wielding structures illegally installed on the dam on 31 January. Macrinschi specified that once the peacekeeping post is set up in this "point of tension", the post of the Transnistrian militiamen, who hinder people's free circulation in the security zone, will be removed.
The decision to set a new post of the peacekeeping forces was taken at a JCC extraordinary meeting on 9 February, when the Transnistrian representatives in the commission committed to take adequate measures not to hinder people's and Moldovan policemen's movement across the dam of the Dubasari power station.
In Shevchuk's view, the solution of the Kosovo problem will create an international precedent for other self-proclaimed states in the post-Soviet territory - Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which can obtain similar international recognition.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
This "sudden change of attitude" of Voronin, could it be because his son was kidnapped perhaps?
Moldova has sent a written message to the heads of the delegations of the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States proposing to continue the present round of talks on March 7.
The message was signed by the Moldovan delegation head, Minister of Country Reintegration Vasile Sova who quitted, all of a sudden, the negotiation table in Tiraspol on Tuesday. The document contained concern over the absence of whatever progress in the provision of a free movement of people and cargoes in the Transnistria Security Zone. Sova called upon the negotiation participants to concentrate on this problem in the light of an approaching spring field season.
Upon leaving the negotiation room, Vasile Sova refused to tell anything to the journalists waiting in the corridor, and went to Chisinau. Two hours later, the said Moldovan delegation's appeal, signed by Sova, was made public. It stated, in particular, that the Moldovan side remains adherent to finding adequate solutions to all questions, and stands ready to continue consultations on them in the nearest days.
The onset of the farmland dispute between the two sides dates back to 2004, when Tiraspol stated that the Dorotcaia Village's fields, situated behind the Dubossary-Tiraspol highway, are under the Transnistria's jurisdiction. Back then Tiraspol insisted that the Dorotcaia farmers should pay rent for their lands and export taxes for their crops. The disputed 8,000 hectares of farmlands have since been uncultivated. Transnistria claims that the annual crops from these lands are worth between $1.5 and $3 million, and that taking it to Moldova inflicts serious damage to the Transnistrian economy, hence the decision to introduce taxes and customs control.
04.03.2006 21:28 (GMT)
Pavlenko has reminded, that economy of Transniestr 'keeps basically on export'. However now Transniestrian cargoes cannot cross border with Ukraine as customs officers of the neighbouring country do not pass them because of absence of the Moldavian customs maintenance. For this reason Transniestr is left in absolute economic isolation, Pavlenko has said.
In its turn, Transniestr from now on, on March 4, has stopped letting through the border the goods and the cargoes following in the region from Moldova, or through Transniestr to Ukraine and Russia. RBC news service got from the informed circles at the Transniestrian administration that these measures are only some of the moves directed to reach the break of the of economic blockade of Transniestr initiated by Moldova and launched on March, 3. Ukraine has established a new order of crossing the Moldovan-Ukrainian border by the Transnistrian cargos, that envisages presence of maintenance of Moldovan customs service from March 3, 2006.
Dangerous liaisons: covert ''love affair" between Russia and Hezbollah (Axis News)
Following the collapse of the USSR, the local Russian leaders declared the independence of the republic, counting on becoming a part of Russia. Moscow's covert support of the separatists led to the armed confrontation with the Moldavians. When the war ended, Russia's position and influence on local leaders remained, as did the deployed Russian forces in the region. Yet as a result of the battles, all the economic infrastructure in the Republic of Pridnestrovie was demolished, except the military industry built in the Soviet era, which became the main source of profit for this separatist district.
A high-ranking MJI delegation came to Pridnestrovie in 1997 in the guise of "Lebanese merchants". They visited the "Elektromash" plant in Tiraspol and the "Pribor" factory, being accompanied by the representatives of the "Sheriff" – the exclusive local arms company, which belongs to the son of Vladimir Smirnov - the President of Pridnestrovie at that time. He personally authorized the deal selling light arms, machine guns, ammunition, anti-tank missiles and portable anti-aircraft rockets to Hezbollah`s emissaries. The MJI network provided logistical support for transfers of this weaponry via Bulgaria, Armenia and Abkhazia (another Moscow- backed separatist region in Caucasus).
In January, 2005, Israeli security sources expressed anxiety following the upcoming deal between Russia and Syria on delivery of "Igla" missiles to Damascus.