6 Feb 2018 14:02

Transdniestrian settlement talks to begin by late Feb - Moldovan deputy PM

CHISINAU. Feb 6 (Interfax) - The first meeting of Chisinau and Tiraspol negotiators in the Transdniestrian settlement process will take place by the end of February, Moldova's newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Cristina Lesnic, told Russian Special Representative in the Transdniestrian Settlement Process Sergei Gubarev at a meeting on Wednesday.

The sides discussed the latest events in the Transdniestrian settlement process, the situation in the security zone, and the need to increase the efficiency of the Joint Control Commission, the press service of the Moldovan government's Reintegration Bureau told Interfax.

Lesnic called for "the phased implementation of the agreements reached in 2017 and a focus on the resolution of other problems of public interest for the sake of preserving constructive dynamics at every negotiating platform."

She informed Gubarev about Chisinau's efforts to implement the protocols signed last year.

Gubarev congratulated Lesnic on her appointment as deputy prime minister and said he "appreciates the results achieved at the negotiations in 2017, which significantly improved the lives of people on both banks of the Dniester River."

The previous Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and negotiator, Gheorghe Balan, has been appointed the prime minister's advisor on the Transdniestrian settlement process. Balan was also present at the Lesnic-Gubarev meeting on Tuesday.