OSCE bolsters confidence on both banks of Nistru River
Confidence-building projects between both banks of Nistru River continue. Some 25 members of the expert working groups from Transnistria and Moldova took part in a training organized by OSCE on June 7-8, 2012.
According to OSCE, the seminar was conducted by two trainers from Clingendael Institute for International Relations and the Groningen-based Centre for European Security Studies, both based in the Netherlands.
The working groups, representing the sides in the Transnistrian conflict, were founded in 2008. They are designed to deal with practical issues related to people’s daily lives from the zone. The beneficiaries are experts in different fields, such as transportation, communications and social issues.
“This kind of training helps to establish the sides’ understanding of how negotiations are best conducted. The preparation provided by the course helps to create a good atmosphere and efficient discussions when the sides meet at the negotiating table,” the Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova Jan Plešinger said.
Alexander Tranchuk, who is a member of the Transnistrian expert working group on telecommunications, underlined the importance of the training in enhancing contacts with counterparts from across Nistru River.
“I appreciate the possibility to meet and socialize with our colleagues from the right bank,” Mr. Tranchuk said.
An employee of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family from Chisinau works frequently with negotiations.
“The trainers have interesting and new approaches that I am sure I will be able to use in my job at the ministry,” Diana Cebotaru said.
The OSCE Mission to Moldova is conducting a series of such training courses for participants from both sides of the river throughout the year.