Romanian MP Corina Cretu calls on the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take the necessary steps to participate in the 5+2 negotiations regarding the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict.
Corina Cretu said that the European Union supports the process of resolving the conflict, and emphasized that “Romania has the right to sit at the negotiating table.” She noted that this conflict could be resolved through political and diplomatic dialogue, zdg.md reports.
“I regret that Romania was expelled. At one point, Romania was part of a negotiating group to resolve the Transnistrian conflict. This is precisely a historical tragedy. Unfortunately, Stalin had the idea to unite the part of Moldova, which always belonged to Romania, with the part, which never belonged to Romania. From this point of view, I think we should continue negotiations on the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict. It is important that citizens do not suffer there.
(…) The basic rights of citizens should not be affected in any way. Romanians living in Transnistria have the same rights as any citizen of the Republic of Moldova. From this point of view, I think it is important to move forward,” the European MP said in the framework of the Punctul pe Azi program on TVR Moldova.
MEP Corina Cretu (Pro România, S&D) visited Moldova as a member of the European Parliament for the first time, last year she was in Chisinau as European Commissioner for Regional Policy.
The last negotiations on Transnistrian settlement process in the 5+2 format took place in Bratislava on October 9 and 10. After the talks the parties, mediators and observers noted that work on the harmonization of the new protocol in Bratislava would continue.
The purpose of the 5+2 negotiations is to develop principles for a comprehensive settlement based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders, with a special status for Transnistria in Moldova, as is confirmed annually in statements by the Council of Ministers of all 57 states participants.
Negotiations in the 5+2 format are conducted with the participation of representatives of the parties, mediators and observers – Moldova, Transnistria, the OSCE, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, the United States of America and the European Union.
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