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Moldova and OSCE discussing special status for Transnistria

Speaker of the Moldovan parliament Andrian Candu has announced a possibility of granting special status to Transnistria. During consultations on the Moldovan-Transnistrian settlement with Cord Meier-Klodt, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the Transnistrian Settlement, Kandu supposed that significant progress can be achieved in this field this spring.

“We have had a fruitful discussion. We discussed initiatives that can be implemented within half a year,” Candu informed.

He continued: “Hopefully, they will bear results in all aspects of rebuilding trust and renewal of the 5+2 talks (Moldova, Transnistria as conflicting parties, Russia, Ukraine, OSCE as mediators, the EU and USA as observers)”

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As Andrian Candu believes, Moldova needs good results taking into account the conflicts in Ukraine, Syria and others. “We hope to move forward in the talks so as to be able to start discussing more strategic issues, that is Transnistrian conflict settlement and probably strategies or special status for Transnistria within the Republic of Moldova,” he added.

“We are doing our best to pave the way for a new round of talks. After the discussions with all the partners in many countries I feel that there is readiness for steps forward. Everything depends on us, and we will snatch the opportunity,” said the OSCE special representative.

Meier-Klodt is also planning to visit Tiraspol.

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