The OSCE is supporting the Republic of Moldova in dealing with recent security challenges, and the Transnistrian issue is a priority for the current presidency held by North Macedonia. These statements were made on Wednesday in Chisinau by the acting president of the OSCE, Bujar Osmani, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia. Osmani undertook a two-day visit to the Republic of Moldova.
"Being here today is a clear signal of our Chairpersonship’s support to Moldova in addressing these challenges. The aggression against Ukraine has created specific challenges for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process. This vital process is a clear priority for our Chairpersonship,” said Bujar Osmani.
This visit aimed to support a comprehensive and sustainable political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, consolidating the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders, with a special status for Transnistria, according to a press release from the OSCE.
The acting president of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was received by the head of state, Maia Sandu, with whom he discussed the instability in the eastern region caused by Russia's aggression in Ukraine and national security issues. Regarding the Transnistrian settlement process, Maia Sandu emphasized that peaceful dialogue between the two banks of the Dniester will continue and relies on the OSCE's support to ensure respect for the rights of all people living in the region.
Bujar Osmani visited the city of Bender, located on the right side of the Dniester but largely controlled by the unrecognized leader from Tiraspol. There, the OSCE chief met with the unrecognized republic's leader, Vadim Krasnoselski, and Transnistrian negotiator, Vitali Ignatiev.
On both banks of the Dniester, Osmani reiterated the importance of negotiations in the '5+2' format and maintaining the dialogue. Additionally, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office highlighted and welcomed the continuity of the '1+1' format.
“The OSCE will stand behind any effort that provides positive dynamics in support of the full implementation of previously agreed measures and identification of new areas for agreement,”Osmani added.
The OSCE President emphasized the need to further strengthen trust and constructive dialogue between the two sides for the benefit of the affected population on both banks of the Dniester River.
During his visit, Minister Osmani also had meetings with the Special Representative for Gender Equality, Liliana Palihovici, and with members of civil society active in the fields of human rights, democratization, and gender equality.
During his meeting with the staff of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Osmani expressed his gratitude and encouragement for them to continue their important work. The OSCE statement also reported that Osmani visited a volunteer center supporting Ukrainian refugees and was able to witness the incredible work of many young people who provide essential support to refugees.
The OSCE Mission has been in the Republic of Moldova since 2012, with a mandate to 'facilitate a political and sustainable settlement of the Transnistrian conflict in all its aspects, consolidating the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders.' Since 2012, all 57 OSCE participating States have endorsed these final settlement principles in their annual Council of Ministers statements."