29 Jan 2020 17:56

Dodon hopes to agree on Transdniestria's special status as part of Moldova

CHISINAU. Jan 29 (Interfax) - Working out Transdniestria's status as part of a united Moldova is a significant task for enhancing dialogue on Transdniestrian settlement, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said.

"An important task for developing the dialogue on Transdniestria's problems [...] is to elaborate the main parameters of Transdniestria's special status as part of a sovereign and territorially integral Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders with the appropriate mechanism of guarantees of the fundamental human rights and freedoms," Dodon said at a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Wednesday.

The implementation of the strategy promoting the international recognition of Moldova's permanent neutrality status is one of the key factors of positive influence on Transdniestrian settlement process, he said.

In this regard, he welcomed Russia's initiative to take away and scrap munitions from Moldova. "We are lauding Russia's initiative put forward in August 2019 regarding intentions to restart the delivery and disposal of munitions from Moldova," Dodon said.

Moldova is a multiethnic country, in which over one hundred ethnic groups live peacefully, he said. "The Russian language has the status of the language of interethnic communication in Moldova," Dodon added, reading a part of his speech in PACE in Russian.