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January 25, 2022

Foreign Ministry: Kosovo cannot be a precedent for Transdniestr

Romania’s stance on Transdniestr has been constant, with the country reiterating on both EU and OSCE level the need to find a solution to this conflict which would be in line with the Republic of Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Foreign Ministry said.

In comments asked by ‘Nine O’Clock’ referring to Transdniestr’s request to the United Nations to recognise its independence from Moldova, the Foreign Ministry also underlined that Tiraspol’s desire for statehood has also been approached in several European Court for Human Rights rulings on matters of human rights in the region. These rulings go clearly against Tiraspol’s claims, the ministry added.

The release also underlines that Kosovo cannot be a precedent for Transdniester and cannot stand as a solution to secessionist conflicts, as each and every situation requires separate analysis for the best solution. The Foreign Ministry also underlined that the U.N. does not have among its duties recognition of new states, as this is a sovereign duty of each and every country.

Transdniestr’s Foreign Ministry on Monday sent an official letter to the U.N, asking that the republic be recognised internationally, according to Moldovan media. The letter makes mention of The Hague International Court of Justice ruling last week that Kosovo’s declaration of independence was not against international law, insisting that Transdniestr meets all criteria to act as an independent state.

Romania, together with Greece, Cyprus, Slovakia and Spain, are the only five EU states that did not recognise Kosovo’s independence. Earlier this week in Brussels, after a meeting of EU foreign ministers, FM Teodor Baconschi said the bloc asked Romania and Greece to mediate between Serbia and Kosovo. Bucharest and Athens were encouraged to use their good relations with Serbia so as to urge Belgrade to have negotiations with Pristina, Realitatea.net reported. Baconschi also said that no pressure is being put on the five states to recognise Kosovo.

“Of course that the talks focused on the necessity of keeping Serbia on its European path, as it is a key factor for stability in the Western Balkans. We underlined that from our point of view, Serbia’s European path must not be conditioned on recognition of Kosovo. There are two different matters,” the minister said.

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