Osmani: North Macedonia Ready to Organize 5+2 Talks on Transdniestria

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OSCE Chairman Bujar Osmani said after a meeting with Tiraspol head Vadim Krasnoselsky that North Macedonia, in particular Skopje, could organize talks in the 5+2 format on the Transdniestrian issue. Osmani is also the head of Macedonian diplomacy. The Transdniestrians have approached him with complaints about the law on separatism and the alleged pressure that will be exerted by Chisinau, rupor.md reports. The constitutional authorities consider the resumption of the 5+2 format impossible as long as Russia and Ukraine are at war with each other. Earlier, the Reintegration Bureau specified that “for almost a year now, the two mediators of this format have been at war, which makes it impossible to resume it. Moldova counts on achieving the main goal which has not been achieved for more than 30 years, namely, reaching a final and peaceful settlement of the Transdniestrian conflict, respecting Moldova’s sovereignty and integrity and its internationally recognized borders.” As previously reported, Tiraspol leader Vadim Krasnoselsky held a meeting with OSCE Chairman-in-Office Bujar Osmani. “It is encouraging that Mr. Osmani not only spoke in favor of the international 5+2 format, which ensures the equality of the negotiating parties, but also mentioned the readiness to possibly organize the event in Skopje.  The sides agreed that ensuring people’s rights and interests is a basic priority of the diplomatic efforts in the settlement of the Transdniestrian-Moldovan relations. In this regard, I stressed Transdniestria’s open and consistent position in the dialogue,” Krasnoselsky wrote in his Telegram channel after the meeting.