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Foreign Minister Andrei Galbur reiterated the request for withdrawal of Russian troops in his speech at the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Vienna

Foreign Minister Andrei Galbur reiterated the request for withdrawal of Russian troops in his speech at the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Vienna
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur gave, today, a speech at the 24th reunion of OSCE Ministerial Council which takes places in Vienna on 7 and 8 December 2017.

In his statement, the head of Moldovan diplomacy addressed the top issues on the OSCE agenda, highlighting the importance of the comprehensive security approach, the need to revitalize the control of conventional arms in Europe, and the need to honour international commitments undertaken by participating states, measures that underpin capabilities and the organization's efforts to prevent and manage crises in the region, including the Ukrainian conflict, given its impact on the regional security environment.

Referring to the Transnistrian conflict, Minister Galbur reconfirmed the importance of the negotiation process in the “5+2” format and, in the context, of the meeting in Vienna on 27-28 November 2017. He expressed his gratitude to the Austrian Chairmanship in the OSCE for its valuable contribution in this respect. The Moldovan official has stressed out the determination of the Moldovan authorities to make further efforts aimed at finding a comprehensive and sustainable solution by granting a special status to the Transnistrian region, based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders.

Particularly, Minister Galbur declared that “the Republic of Moldova remains deeply concerned by the continued illegal presence of foreign military troops on its territory. We firmly reiterate our demand for complete withdrawal of Russian military forces from Moldova in line with international commitments and provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova”.

It was also restated the request to initiate pertinent discussions aimed at transforming the existing peacekeeping operation intro civil mission under the international mandate.
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The Statement is available here