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Transdnestr conflict mediators urge resumption of talks

RIA Novosti

07:18 07/10/2009 VIENNA, October 6 (RIA Novosti) - Mediators and observers in the conflict over Moldova's breakaway region of Transdnestr have urged the parties to the conflict to resume talks to find a just and long-term solution, the OSCE said.

Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are mediators in the conflict, and the European Union and the United States are observers. Their representatives met in Vienna on Tuesday.

The Russian-speaking province of Transdnestr has maintained de facto independence from Moldova since a brief war in 1992, which was the culmination of tensions following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Russia has had peacekeepers in the region since July 1992, and the negotiation process has been frozen since February 2006.

Alexander Kuzhba, Moldova's envoy to the United Nations, said earlier that the new Moldovan government, which has openly supported unification with Romania and closer ties with the West, would demand the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transdnestr.

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