28 April 2005
U.S. Welcomes Ukraine's Effort To Resolve Transnistria Conflict
U.S. diplomat Paul Jones addresses OSCE Permanent Council
The United States welcomes the initiative of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to offer a settlement proposal for the conflict in Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria, U.S. diplomat Paul Jones told the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) April 28.
“The United States reiterates its desire for a peaceful settlement of the conflict that respects Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity and guarantees democracy and respect for the rights of all Moldova's people,” said Jones at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, Austria.
“We again call on the Transnistrian representatives to demonstrate good faith, seriousness and responsibility in resuming negotiations to finally put an end to this conflict,” he added.
Transnistria, a narrow strip of territory on Moldova's eastern border with Ukraine, declared independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 and went to war against the Moldovan government the following year. The conflict was squelched by Russian troops, which remain in the region.
Over the past year, separatists have taken a series of provocative actions ranging from forcibly closing Moldovan language schools and impeding international assistance to a local orphanage to harassing Moldovan farmers from the village of Dorotscaia.
Following is the text of Jones’ statement as provided by the U.S. Mission to the OSCE:
United States Mission to the OSCE
April 28, 2005
RESPONSE TO UKRAINE'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF A PROPOSAL FOR SETTLEMENT OF THE TRANSNISTRIA CONFLICT
As delivered by Chargé d'Affaires Paul Jones to the Permanent Council
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
The United States welcomes Ukraine's interest and efforts in seeking a resolution to the Transnistria conflict.
We appreciate President Yushchenko's initiative to offer a settlement proposal. The United States will study the proposal closely. We look forward to discussing it with Ukraine, Moldova, the other mediators and other interested parties.
The United States reiterates its desire for a peaceful settlement of the conflict that respects Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity and guarantees democracy and respect for the rights of all Moldova's people. We again call on the Transnistrian representatives to demonstrate good faith, seriousness and responsibility in resuming negotiations to finally put an end to this conflict.
We also reiterate our call on the Transnistrian authorities to refrain from provocative actions, such as the ongoing harassment of farmers from the village of Dorotscaia that we raised at the April 21st session of the Permanent Council.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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