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Speech on the resolution on Moldova (Transnistria)

Laima Andrikienė, MEP (EPP-ED, Lithuania)
Resolution on Moldova (Transnistria)
EP plenary session
Strasbourg
25 October, 2006

Thank you, Mr. President.

Tomorrow we will be voting on the resolution on Moldova and its region of Transnistria.

We know that Moldova is a poorest country in Europe; that so called referendum took place in Moldovan region of Transnistria in September aiming at region“s possible unification with the Russian Federation; that this so called referendum and its outcome were not accepted by the international community; that the conflict between the separatist authority of Transnistria and the central government of Moldova has largely contributed to the instability in the whole country, its economic and social development. Earlier this year we also witnessed the failure of negotiations concerning the status of Transnistria in "Five Plus Two Format", as Transnistrian authorities withdrew from these negotiations. We are also aware of the fact that so called Russian peacekeepers are still in Transnistria.

Mr. President, in this context we, the European Parliament,

- should denounce so called referendum in the Transnistrian region which contradicts the internationally recognised sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova and can be seen as provocation which increase the existing tensions and jeopardise  the chances for peaceful settlement of the problem;

- we should also call on Russia to discontinue its support for the Transnistrian regime which threatens Moldova“s territorial integrity and to fulfill the OSCE Summit decision of 1999 to withdraw its troops and arms from the territory of Moldova;

- especially regret the lack of significant progress in the EU talks on visa facilitation and readmission agreement with Moldova.  The Council and the Commission should speed up the procedure leading to the conclusion of a visa facilitation agreement with Moldova and ensure its implementation, as present situation is unfair and discriminatory when Transnistrian citizens holding Russian passports are benefiting from the possibility to travel to the EU more easily than Moldavians.