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 Vladimir Yastrebchak, former minister of foreign affairs of Transnistria, gave the Transnistrian perceptive on Moldova and Transnistria

EU seeks thaw in ‘frozen conflict’

Transnistria: A Black Hole?

April 2010, Number 01.02

“The European Union needs to resolve the long-standing issue of Transnistria with a solid policy that clearly addresses the breakaway territory. That is the view expressed by Cristian Preda, a Romanian member of the European Parliament. He made his comments in January at a public hearing on the EU’s role in “frozen conflicts” hosted by the parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“There is need for a firm hand, because this direction must be understood,” Preda said in a story posted on the Romanian Financiarul.ro Web site. “the ‘we will see about that later, let us be creative’ attitude and other similar ones are an assertion of weakness, of the inability to formulate the problem. We cannot ignore this reality, which is in our immediate neighborhood.” The EU’s high representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy must take a more active role in helping to thaw out this frozen conflict, Preda said.

Transnistria is a sliver of land bordering Ukraine and separated from the rest of Moldova by the Dniester River. Inhabitants consider themselves more ethnically Russian than Moldovan. The region broke away from Moldova when it split from the crumbling Soviet Union in 1990...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Transnistria: A Black Hole?,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 2, 2010: 56-59.

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