In Moldova, called for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers

The Moldovan government has decided to revise the format of peacekeeping operations on the Dniester. The Cabinet believes that the region needs multinational civil mission with an international mandate, RIA Novosti reported.

The theme of the Moldovan authorities decided to raise in connection with the 25th anniversary of the peacekeeping operation in Transnistria. Moldova has also accused Russian peacekeepers of “bias and sympathies” to the separatist regime in Tiraspol”.

“We appreciate the positive contribution of the peacekeeping operation on the Dniester the end of July 1992, when a military contingent of the Russian Federation played a crucial role in the separation of warring forces, respecting the ceasefire and relative peace and tranquility in the security Zone,” — noted in the comments of the government.

However, as emphasized in the Cabinet, over time, “this operation failed to ensure the full demilitarization of the security Zone”, becoming a factor in freezing the Transnistrian conflict.

Based on these considerations, “the Moldovan government began to legally require the transformation of this operation into a multinational civil mission with international mandate” to create a “more conducive atmosphere for negotiations to find a just and viable solution to the Transnistrian problem”.

“The Moldovan authorities have made and will continue to consistently advocate for the withdrawal of Russian troops and ammunition that are illegally on the territory of our country, in violation of the Constitution and the fundamental and generally accepted principles of international law”, — stressed the government of Moldova.

Twenty-five years ago, the Russian military stopped fighting that has engulfed the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. In the late 80s, several Russian-speaking regions in the East of the former republics before 1940 into the USSR (the rest of Moldova belonged to Romania), declared independence. Soon, Chisinau sent to Transnistria, the army and police. The war began, has killed nearly 850 people from Tiraspol and three thousand – Chisinau. Hostilities ceased after the intervention in the conflict of the Russian army led by General Alexander Lebed. Soon was signed the Russian-Moldavian “the Agreement on principles of peaceful settlement”, according to which Russian soldiers in Transnistria was granted the status of peacekeepers.