COEST troika hears new Moldovan government's tasks
A Moldovan delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Natalia Gherman presented the main provisions of the new Moldovan Government's work program to the Troika of the Council of the European Union on Eastern Europe and Central Asia (COEST) in Brussels on Tuesday.
Natalia Gherman highlighted the importance of resuming full-scale negotiations on Transnistrian conflict settlement in the 5+2 format, and of fulfilling the 1999 OSCE Istanbul Summit decisions on removing foreign troops and armaments from the Moldovan territory.
The Deputy Minister welcomed the broadening of European Union's support for Moldova, including financial one, to help strengthen trust between the two Dniester River banks for the sake of resolving the Transnistria problem.
The European Union representatives spoke out for Moldova's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and stressed the importance of resuming negotiations between all sides concerned.
The meeting participants underscored the importance of a soonest-possible restarting of talks on concluding a RM-EU Agreement on Moldova's associated membership of the EU, which would include a provision on creating a free trade zone.
Gherman drew the EU officials' attention to the importance of liberalizing a visa regime for Moldovans as a first step to dialog.
It was said at the meeting that the forthcoming visit to Chisinau to be paid by Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will promote Moldova's dialog with the European Union on cooperation deepening issues.