“Moldova must rethink its position on talks and relations with Transnistria. It must stop imposing the blockade, harm economic actors and Transnistrian citizens and become a responsible participant in the talks. And when Chisinau finally sees it, it will change the situation for the better,” said Ignatieff, who He leads the Transnistrian delegation at the talks.”
“The Moldovan side is not ready to solve the problems in a constructive way,” he said, adding that this is the reason why the process has not progressed in 32 years.
Transnistria, a largely Russian-speaking region, broke away from Moldova after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Relations with the Moldovan central government in Chisinau have been very mixed and at times strained since then. In 1992 and 1993, tensions escalated into a bloody armed conflict that claimed hundreds of lives on both sides.
The war ended after a peace agreement was signed in Moscow in 1992 and Russian peacekeepers were transferred to the conflict zone. After that, negotiations began on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. They are still running.
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