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September 19, 2019

FM Corlatean: So-called referendum in Gagauzia is null and void

Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean said that the so-called referendum carried out in Gagauzia on Sunday was ‘null and void.’
‘I underscore, from the beginning, that we support the position of the Republic of Moldova Government referring to the so-called referendum in the sense that it took place with the violation of the rulings of the courts in the Republic of Moldova, which clearly established the illegal, unconstitutional nature of the alleged consultation. Under these circumstances, the event is null and void and its results cannot produce any kind of legal effects,’ the Romanian chief diplomat told Agerpres on Monday.
Moreover, Titus Corlatean appreciated that all the efforts of the political players of the Republic of Moldova should be directed to getting closer to the European Union.
‘The Republic of Moldova is now committed to an intense process of getting closer to the European Union. It is a sustained effort, transparently conducted and based on the sovereign decision of the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, freely and democratically elected. The efforts of all political players in charge, interested in the modernisation, democratisation and welfare of the Republic of Moldova, should be channelled in this direction,’ Titus Corlatean said.
Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca qualified the plebiscite having taken place on Sunday in the Gagauzia region of the Republic of Moldova as ‘a contempt of the law,’ adding that the referendum could give course to some greater problems.
Approximately 98.5 per cent of the participants in the referendums on Sunday in the autonomous region of Gagauzia in the south of the Republic of Moldova opted for the Republic of Moldova’s accession to the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, according to the preliminary data provided by the electoral committee in the region following the centralisation of almost 100 per cent of the votes.

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