Moldova calls on the US to remove the Jackson-Vanik amendment
Moldova’s neutrality should be strengthened because it is not discussed enough. The opinion belongs to Marian Lupu, the Head of the Parliament, made in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
“The state’s neutrality is a substantial feature in the framework of finding the final settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, on the grounds that I won’t go to Washington with other messages but re-emphasizing the neutrality statute of our country,” Mr. Lupu said. The Head of the Parliament is making an official visit to Washington, D.C these days.
The Moldovan official will join some talks about the way to finance some programs in Moldova. He believes that the country needs the US support.
“We have joint interests in many European organizations; we have topics related to the development of the economic relations, because we have concerns on the trade system,” Marian Lupu said.
He is hopeful that more American investors will be interested in the Moldovan market.
“It is in our strategic interest to gain these investments in our country,” the Moldovan official claimed.
Another important topic which is to be debated during this official visit is the removal of Jackson-Vanik amendment. According to Marian Lupu, all the remaining barriers of the amendment will be removed after his visit to Washington.
“The drawbacks are not that sever and not so many. The reasons why there are still some things to do regarding this issue are the difficult procedures in adopting the decision within the American Parliament,” Moldova’s Head of the Parliament said.
Senator McCain took the commitment to support the efforts of withdrawing the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. According to him, the United States is heavily interested in the successful transformations within the ex-Soviet region. John McCain visited Moldova in June 2011.
The Jackson-Vanik Amendment was signed in 1974 and it was intended to affect the American trade relations with the countries of the former Soviet Union that prohibit the freedom of emigration and some other human rights.