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Transdniester Talks End With No Breakthrough

28 January 2006 -- Talks between Moldova's government and its breakaway Transdniester region on ending their 15-year-old dispute have ended with no progress.

The two days of talks, held in Chisinau, and in the Transdniester's capital, Tiraspol, were mediated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

OSCE mission chief William Hill said the two sides remain far apart on all issues.

Russian speaking Transdniester proclaimed independence in 1990, fearing Moldova would re-unite with neighboring Romania.

The two sides fought a brief but bloody war in 1992, which ended in a truce enforced by Russian troops.

Some 1,500 Russian soldiers are still deployed in Transdniester, despite Moscow's pledge to withdraw both its troops and military equipment from the region.

Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin has accused Russia of inhibiting a settlement by refusing to withdraw troops.

(Reuters, ITAR-TASS)


Copyright (c) 2006. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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