Transnistrian conflict is far from being settled, experts

The Transnistrian conflict is far from being resolved. The citizens of the Republic of Moldova should have a more critical attitude to rulers’ acts and to their scenarios concerning possible settlements, said Oazu Nantoi, one of the authors of the book “Romania and the Republic of Moldova at the confluence of Transnistrian file. Cooperation of civil society: Coalition “Red Lines”, which was presented in a news conference at IPN on November 29

Oazu Nantoi noted that on November 29, 1993, the Moldovan leu was put into circulation and during 24 years the purchasing power of the leu had decreased much less than the interest in the Transnistrian conflict. The publication aims to resuscitate the society’s interest in the Transnistrian dispute. If this is not resolved, the Moldovan statehood project has no future. “This publication is an attempt to contribute to the correct diagnosing of the disease of Moldova’s statehood, which we call the Transnistrian conflict,” stated the author.

According to Oazu Nantoi, the reopening of the Gura Bicului-Bychok Bridge and the signing of the four protocols (in Bender on November 24, e.n.) do not mean a step towards the resolution of the conflict. “A viable solution can be identified only when the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, regional stability and security become the beneficiaries of this conflict. For now the beneficiaries are the others. We need to actively engage the citizens. We want society to have a critical attitude to the activities of politicians and the planned scenarios,” said the author.

Co-author Iulian Chifu said there are a number of elements that hamper the resolution of the conflict. These include the presence of the foreign troops and armament on the country’s territory without the consent of the Moldovan constitutional authorities, which threaten the security of the Transnistrian region. To integrate into the EU, Moldova should take control of the region, but this is not possible yet.

Political analyst Nicolae Chirtoaca said the political class in the Republic of Moldova hasn’t had a strategy for settling the Transnistrian conflict. The reopening of the bridge and the signing of the protocols are not elements of a strategy. “The Transnistrian separatisms causes big problems. It is the most serious military danger to Moldova. This book teaches us to think strategically. There is no other way to solve the problem than the territorial reintegration,” stated the analyst.

Anatol Taranu, political analyst, noted that there are no preconditions for resolving the Transnistrian conflict. The recent actions will not open the way for extending the discussions and solving the problems that exist between the two sides of the Nistru and, eventually, settling the dispute.

The book “Romania and the Republic of Moldova at the confluence of Transnistrian file. Cooperation of civil society: Coalition “Red Lines” was published with the assistance of the Ministry for Romanians Everywhere of Romania.

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