Coun­cil con­clu­sions on the Repub­lic of Moldo­va: restric­tive mea­sures against the lead­er­ship of the Mol­da­vian region of Transnis­tria

The Coun­cil adopt­ed the fol­low­ing con­clu­sions:

“1. The Coun­cil wel­comes the cau­tious pos­i­tive devel­op­ments in the Transnis­tri­an set­tle­ment process in recent months. It notes in par­tic­u­lar an increased open­ness of the new gov­ern­ment of the Repub­lic of Moldo­va and the de fac­to Transnis­tri­an lead­er­ship to engage in dia­logue. The Coun­cil also wel­comes the Moldovan government’s efforts to address the Transnis­tri­an issue, its expres­sion of a firm com­mit­ment to the 5+2 process and its sup­port of con­fi­dence­build­ing mea­sures.

2. At the same time, the Coun­cil regrets the fact that no sub­stan­tial progress has been made towards a polit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the Transnis­tri­an con­flict; that the sit­u­a­tion of some Latin­script Moldovan schools in the Transnis­tri­an region remains prob­lem­at­ic and that the de fac­to Transnis­tri­an author­i­ties con­tin­ue to place obsta­cles on the free move­ment of per­sons.

3. The Coun­cil has there­fore decid­ed to extend the restric­tive mea­sures (pro­vid­ed for by Com­mon Posi­tion 2008/160/CFSP and extend­ed by Com­mon Posi­tion 2009/139/CFSP) against cer­tain mem­bers of the de fac­to Transnis­tri­an author­i­ties for a fur­ther peri­od of 12 months. How­ev­er, in order to encour­age progress, the Coun­cil has decid­ed at the same time to sus­pend the imple­men­ta­tion of the restric­tive mea­sures until the end of Sep­tem­ber 2010. The Coun­cil has also decid­ed that it is appro­pri­ate to delete 3 names from the list of tar­get­ed persons.The Coun­cil calls on the de fac­to Transnis­tri­an author­i­ties strong­ly to engage in con­struc­tive efforts to reach a polit­i­cal set­tle­ment to the Transnis­tri­an con­flict, to address the remain­ing prob­lems of the Latin-script schools, and to restore free move­ment of per­sons. By the end of Sep­tem­ber 2010, the Coun­cil will review the sus­pen­sion of the restric­tive mea­sures and the visa ban list in the light of the devel­op­ments, notably in the areas men­tioned above. The Coun­cil may decide to re-apply or lift the trav­el restric­tions at any time.

4. The Coun­cil reaf­firms the com­mit­ment of the Euro­pean Union to the Transnis­tri­an set­tle­ment efforts, notably by par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 5+2 process and by sup­port­ing con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sures. The Coun­cil recalls the impor­tance of resum­ing the 5+2 talks as soon as pos­si­ble in order to achieve a sus­tain­able set­tle­ment to the Transnis­tri­an con­flict, in full respect of the ter­ri­to­r­i­al integri­ty and sov­er­eign­ty of the Repub­lic of Moldo­va.

5. The Coun­cil reaf­firms its firm com­mit­ment to con­tin­ue strength­en­ing the polit­i­cal asso­ci­a­tion and eco­nom­ic inte­gra­tion of the Repub­lic of Moldo­va with the EU. In this con­text, the Coun­cil recalls the joint state­ment of the Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil between the EU and the Repub­lic of Moldo­va on 21 Decem­ber 2009, and wel­comes the start of nego­ti­a­tions on an Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment on 12 Jan­u­ary 2010.”

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