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PM Ciolos on Transnistrian conflict: Romania remains an active pillar in finding solutions

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Romania continues to remain an active supporter of finding a solution to the Transnistrian conflict, said on Thursday Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, after the meeting with his Moldovan counterpart Pavel Filip.

"We encourage the resumption of discussion in the 5+2 format. This is where I believe it is important for the Republic of Moldova to set, the Government to set very clearly its objectives and we hope that (...) in a very pragmatic approach, solutions be found. (...) Romania continues to remain an active supporter of finding solutions for this conflict. I believe many things depend on the pragmatic approach that the parties take in this discussion," said Prime Minister Ciolos, in a joint press conference with his Moldovan counterpart Pavel Filip, in Chisinau, when asked how he sees a resolve to the Transnistrian conflict.

The Moldovan Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, catalogued the maintaining of peace in this region as "an accomplishment". "If we speak of the Transnistrian conflict (...), from my point of view, it is an accomplishment that peace in the region is maintained. (...) It is very important that we managed this year, after a very lengthy break, to resume negotiations in the 5+2 format. On this dimension, the Republic of Moldova is very active, there are many issues on the agenda and our approach is to go first on issues that touch on the comfort of the citizen regardless if this citizen lives on the left bank or the right bank of the Nistru river," said Filip.

He also stated that there is "a limit" over which the Republic of Moldova cannot pass in regards to the statehood and integrity of the country. "Our vision is to find ultimately a formula, to grant a status to this region by which the Republic of Moldova remain an integral state and this formula (...) be a viable one. We are grateful to Germany, who is holding the OSCE presidency this year and, maybe, due to this fact, we have advanced and had several meetings in different formats," he added. Furthermore, the Moldovan PM mentioned that he has also discussed with the Romanian PM matters pertaining to the security developments in the regional environment.

"We have exchanged opinions also on the topic of security developments in the regional environment. We share (...) the vision of a region of peace and democracy, in which truth trumps propaganda, and the force of principles and of international law is more important than brute force," Pavel Filip also stated.



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