The Moldovan government released a comment on the celebration of 25th anniversary of the peacekeeping mission on Dniester today. In its appeal it requires the replacement of peacekeepers of the Russian Federation with an international mission of civilian observers under the auspices of international organizations, Ukrinform reports.
"These days we mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of Agreement on Principles for the Peaceful Settlement of the Armed Conflict in the Transnistrian Region of the Republic of Moldova between then Presidents of the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation. A retrospective assessment of the political significance of this act is undeniable: the agreement put an end to armed clashes and bloodshed on the banks of the Dniester, "the commentary says.
It is also stressed that "over time, the Russian peacekeeping mission on Dniester has become, de facto, an instrument for the preservation of the frozen Transnistria conflict, as evidenced by the repeated participation of Russian peacekeepers in joint military exercises with the separatist region's military exercises that are held regularly on the territory of Transnistrian region."
The government of Moldova also reminded Russia of the 1999 Istanbul summit of the OSCE, at which Russia assumed the obligation to withdraw its troops from the territory of Moldova.