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Urgency debate on Moldova and Transnistria

Laima Andrikiene, MEP
Urgency debate on Moldova and Transnistria
EP Plenary session
March 16, 2006

 Thank you, Mr. President.

First of all, I would like to thank our colleagues who initiated this very important debate and resolution on the situation in Moldova and Transnistria in particular.

Transnistrian conflict, frozen since 1992, recently has been described as a "front line" in EU-Russia relations.

Following long discussions and huge preparatory work last December the EU has finally launched a new mission, EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine, so contributing to both countries joint action to fight against smuggling and black market trade in the region. Surprise surprise, but this very balanced move led Russia to put its 1.100 troops, so called peacekeepers in Transnistria, on alert last week, and the illegal regime of Transnistria, not recognised by any democracy in the world, broke off the 5 + 2 talks.

We should express our concern about human rights situation in Transnistria, where people do not have a right to have democratic elections, where harassment, repression and intimidation of independent media, human rights defenders, NGOs and opponents to the self-proclaimed regime is a common practise. In addition we should express our support to Moldovan and Ukrainian authorities working to stabilize situation in the region and free it from corruption, smuggling, etc.

I call on the Commission and the Council to support the Moldovan authorities with their democratic reform process and use all diplomatic means available to solve the Transnistria conflict.

Thank you.