Russian envoy, rebel region's ex-speaker discuss assistance
Russian humanitarian assistance, a settlement of the Dniester-Moldovan conflict and the situation in [Moldova's breakaway] Dniester region were on the agenda of a meeting between Russian special envoy to Moldova Valeriy Kuzmin and the leader of the Dniester Renewal Party and ex-speaker, Yevgeniy Shevchuk, in Tiraspol on 29 September.
The official website of the Dniester parliament has reported that Shevchuk informed Kuzmin on the results of his working visit to Moscow "during which he and his partners from the One Russia party outlined prospects for further cooperation within the humanitarian project". According to Shevchuk, the future of the humanitarian project for Dniester residents depends on fruitful cooperation between parties and parliament factions.
"We see that parties play a rather important role in a modern state. Big parties have the biggest responsibility and in this context the party of a parliamentary majority which you represent, certainly, bears significant political responsibility for the development of the region. We are happy to meet and continue positive and useful dialogue," Kuzmin said.
He found it vital "to have a clear vision of the situation in the region and learn what proposals and ideas the local parties have to solve the problems encountered by Dniester residents".
The Renewal faction holds a majority of seats in the Dniester parliament. Under its initiative, Russia through the One Russia party provides the region with humanitarian aid for the second year in a row. Since the beginning of 2009, over 21m dollars have been sent to the region for additional payments to pensioners and nutrition in hospitals and children facilities.