Transnistria: Changing the Peacekeeping Operation could mean War

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August 31st, 2015 – 

RIA – translated for Fort Russ by Joaquin Flores

“Transnistria does not see the need to change the format of the peacekeeping operation.”

The head of Transnistria, Yevgeny Shevchuk, said that the review of mechanisms of the peacekeeping operation will take place only after a comprehensive formula for political settlement is found.

Tiraspol, August 31 – RIA Novosti, Vladimir Sandutsa. The leader of Transnistria Yevgeny Shevchuk said there is no need to change the format of the peacekeeping operation in the region.

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Currently, the peacekeeping operation in Transdniestria uses a joint force, which includes 402 Russian servicemen, 492 Transnistria, Moldovan and ten 355 military observers from the Ukraine. Peacekeepers are deployed at 15 stationary posts and checkpoints, which are placed in key areas of the security zone.

Earlier, Charge d’Affaires of Ukraine in Moldova Gennady Altukhov said that “the existing format of military peacekeepers will hardly contribute to the settlement of the Transnistrian crisis,” and that the replacement of the peacekeepers format towards a larger number of international experts would be more effective step in resolving the conflict.

“Our position of principle in circumstances where we can not find a consensus on a segment of the most important elements of cooperation in the economic sphere, in the issue of movement of citizens, the transformation of the peacekeeping operation is unreasonable. It can create a foundation for the next war,” – Shevchuk said on Monday at a press conference.

“We very much hope that our Moldovan partners will be consistent in these matters, and will not create additional problems, which can then destabilize the situation,” – said Shevchuk.

Transnistria, 60% of whom are Russian and Ukrainian, sought to secede from Moldova before the collapse of the Soviet Union, fearing that the wave of nationalism would see Moldova join Romania. 

In 1992, after a failed attempt to force the authorities to solve the problem of Moldova, Transnistria has become virtually uncontrolled by Chisinau territory.

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