Despite appearances, Transnistria talks bring little progress

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 30.11.2017 07:28

OSCE praised the progress of the 27-28 November Vienna conference on the conflict in Transnistria, despite marginal achievements in form of an agreement on the certification of Transnistrian university diplomas and intensification of telecommunication links across the Dniester. On 25 November, Chișinău and Tiraspol also agreed to reopen the Gura Bâcului-Bâcioc bridge after the separatists promised to stop harassing local Romanian schools and allow Moldovan farmers to farm their land in Transnistria.

Deputy Prime Minister Gheorghe Bălan stated that Moldova’s next offer for Transnistria was a special legal status, which was publicly rejected by Transnistria’s so-called president, Vadim Krasnoselski. Jamestown Foundation expert Vladimir Socor warned that Moldova is being forced, with the help from OSCE who wishes to maintain an appearance of relevance, to grant important unilateral concessions to the separatists. Socor noted that while Moldova simply asks for Tiraspol to allow Latin script schools to function, it is being coerced into recognising „state-issued” diplomas and car registration plates. Russia, who participated in the 1992 war and whose troops still occupy the region despite the 1999 Istanbul agreement stipulating their withdrawal, has assumed the role of a mediator and is part of the „5+2” talks format.

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