Moldovan President: Russia has political interests in Transnistria
One of the roots of the Transnistrian conflict is the political interest of Russia, the Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti said within an interview with Euronews. Being asked about the way he thinks the conflict will be settled, Mr. Timofti said that the “5+2” talks are the key solution.
“We do get the help of the European Union, the US and of some other countries who are interested in a climate of peace in this part of Europe,” Mr. Timofti said.
The President is optimistic that Moldova has already registered some performance in terms of managing this conflict.
“Recently there have been some good signs of a return towards understanding and cooperation with the Left Bank of the Dniester. A short time ago our prime minister reopened rail freight traffic,” he said.
Transnistria is a breakaway region of Moldova which separated after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In the wake of a cease-fire agreement signed at Limanskoe on 7 July 1992 between Russia and the Republic of Moldova, the two parties of the conflict (signed by Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Moldovan President Mircea Snegur), under the mediating authority of the commander of Russia's 14th Army, Alexandr Lebed, negotiations have been going on between Moldova's authorities and the self-appointed Tiraspol authorities (that, meantime, became the party of the conflict) in a series of attempts to settle the conflict by reaching an agreement on granting expanded autonomy to the Nistru east-bank districts, as Moldova's "Transnistrian Self-Administered Territories." The arrangement would provide the region with the right to exert jurisdiction over taxation, police forces, budget decisions, and other issues.The conflict is tried to be settled for over 20 years, but no luck among the “5+2” negotiators has been registered.