Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc suggests removing the border with Moldova. Speaking with the Romanian community in New York (Sept 23), Boc said that “Bucharest does not recognize the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, which resulted in the loss of Bessarabia,” RIA Novosti reports.
“What we can do now is to support the Romanian citizens wherever they are, especially our brothers on the other side of the border. A border we hope will disappear when Moldova joins the EU. This is a priority of our foreign policy,” the Romanian prime minister said.
In the past one year Romanian President Traian Basescu has reiterated his country does not recognize the borders with Moldova and refuses to sign the border agreement. Basescu does not recognize the consequences of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, which separates Bessarabia and Northern Bucovina from Romania.
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Moldova part of Europe and its frozen conflict needs to be solved, says British official
The Associated PressTue, 21 Sep 2010 08:20:00 CST
BUCHAREST, Romania – A British official said Tuesday that Moldova — a former Soviet republic struggling over whether to tilt toward Russia or the West — is part of the European family, where democratic values, tolerance, human rights are the norm.
Moldova’s governing pro-European alliance is locked in a power struggle with pro-Russian Communists. Because of the deadlock, the country’s parliament has been unable to elect a president. Voters will go to the polls in again in November — for the third Parliamentary in about a year and a half.
Early this month, a referendum that would have provided for presidents elected by popular vote rather than by the parliament failed, even though 87 per cent of those voting favoured the chance. One-third of the eligible voters needed to cast ballots for the referendum to be valid. But, in the face of a Communist-led boycott, turnout was just 30 per cent.
Still, British minister for Europe David Lidington, who took in office in May with the new British government, said Tuesday that Moldova had made progress toward democratic reform over the past year.
Lidington, spoke to reporters in Bucharest, the capital of neighbouring Romania, along with German Deputy Foreign Minister Werner Hoyer, where they discussed Moldova’s future, along with the “frozen conflict” in the country’s separatist Trans-Dniester region.
The region is not internationally recognized but it is supported by Russia, which still stations 1,500 troops there. In 1992, about 2,000 people were killed in a war between the separatists and the Moldovan government.
Hoyer said the Trans-Dniester conflict needed to be solved “not against, but with Russia.”