CHISINAU, 17 Feb – RIA Novosti. At a meeting with the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that she would look for exclusively peaceful ways to resolve the Transnistrian conflict.
Ann Linde arrived in Moldova on a working visit, she met with the acting Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova Aureliy Chok and Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Olga Chebotar. Linde also plans to meet with Speaker of the Parliament Zinaida Greceanîi and Tiraspol leader Vadim Krasnoselsky.
“Today I had a meeting with Ann Linde, the Swedish Foreign Minister, the current OSCE president. I emphasized my determination to find exclusively peaceful ways of bringing the two banks closer together, as well as the fact that the inhabitants of the left bank of the Dniester are full citizens of Moldova,” Sandu wrote on your Facebook page.
She noted that she discussed with Linde key issues related to the Transnistrian problem: ensuring human rights and freedoms on the left bank of the Dniester, the pandemic situation in the region, restarting the negotiation process, etc.
Sandu also emphasized that Sweden has been one of the largest sponsors of Moldova in Europe for many years. The head of Moldova informed the Swedish partners about the actions that are being taken to reform the justice system and fight corruption, as well as the internal political situation.
Chisinau and Tiraspol as parties to the conflict, Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE as mediators, the European Union and the United States as observers are participating in the negotiations on the Transnistrian settlement in the 5 + 2 format.
Transnistria, 60% of whose inhabitants are Russians and Ukrainians, sought to secede from Moldova even before the collapse of the USSR, fearing that Moldova would join Romania. In 1992, after an unsuccessful attempt by the Moldovan authorities to solve the problem by force, Transnistria became a territory virtually outside the control of Chisinau.