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OSCE Foreign Ministers welcomed progress in the negotiation process on the Transnistrian conflict settlement

OSCE Foreign Ministers welcomed progress in the negotiation process on the Transnistrian conflict settlement

The OSCE Ministerial Council, which took place in Vienna on 7 and 8 December, adopted a Ministerial Statement on the Transnistrian settlement process in the "5 + 2" format.

In the approved document, the OSCE participating States reiterate the need for a peaceful, comprehensive and sustainable settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders with a special status for Transnistria. They also highlighted the progress made in solving the current problems on the negotiation agenda - the functioning of Latin Script Schools, use of farmlands in Dubasari region, apostilization of educational documents, interaction in the field of telecommunications, opening of the bridge between villages Gura Bîcului and Bîcioc.

OSCE Foreign Ministers called upon the sides to continue their efforts to achieve tangible progress on all three baskets of the agreed agenda, including socio-economic, humanitarian issues and human rights, and a comprehensive settlement of the conflict.

They welcomed the political will manifested by the sides in solving the problems faced by the population on both banks of the Dniester river, as well as the valuable contribution brought to this end by mediators and observers.

The delegation of the Republic of Moldova to the OSCE Ministerial Council was led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur. The Deputy Prime Minister Gheorghe Balan responsible for the reintegration of the country was part of the delegation.

Full document here.