OSCE official: Moldova needs reforms
The conflict in Transnistria is a very expensive one. Such conflicts “are expensive for both the international community and the Republic of Moldova, and in order the people to have a decent life it is important to settle them.” The statements belong to Jennifer Brush, the Head of OSCE Mission to Moldova who has currently took her office in Moldova’s capital of Chisinau. She gave an interview to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
The official thinks that it is the citizen’s responsibility to solve this conflict.
“I am more than sure that the persons who live here, in Moldova, can solve the conflict themselves, but we are here to support and encourage you,” Ms. Brush told RFE/RL.
According to her, the quality of life on both banks of Nistru River has decreased in the past years and this process affects the people’s lives. She says OSCE wants to find a win-win situation in the process of conflict management.
“Two agreements have been recently signed: the deal regarding the re-establishment of the railway traffic and the deal concerning the removal of the radioactive waste are two very important agreements for the daily life of people,” said the Head of OSCE Mission to Moldova.
She also stated that there are ongoing negotiations over the establishment of a communication line between sides.
“The communication between people by electronic means such as internet and mobile phones is very important. It will contribute to the development of the society,” the official added.
Jennifer Brush believes that Moldova should experience some reforms which make up another important mission and challenge of OSCE.
“Reforms in realms such as fighting against human traffic, corruption, drugs, rule of law and strengthening the democratic institutions are needed,” said Ms. Brush.
Being asked about Moldova’s perspective to join the European Union, the OSCE official said that there are two things which avert the country from joining the community: the anti-discrimination law and the closure of NIT channel.
“The anti-discrimination law is related to the fundamental human rights and most of the European countries have adopted this law. It is a sensible question not only for the Republic of Moldova, but also for many other states,” concluded Ms. Brush.