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    OSCE Chair Calls for Trust, Dialogue Between Sides to Transnistria Conflict

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    Chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for dialog and more trust between all the sides involved in the unresolved Transnistrian conflict, the OSCE press service said in a statement on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Steinmeier arrived to Moldova to meet with Speaker of Parliament Andrian Candu, Prime Minister Pavel Filip, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur, and Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration and Moldovan Political Representative Gheorghe Balan. He also met with representatives from the Transnistrian leadership.

    "With a view to the Transdniestrian conflict we have recently made considerable efforts to inject new momentum to the negotiation process between the sides which had come to a standstill for quite some time. We must now, as a first step, tackle those problems that can be solved pragmatically in order to enhance the trust between the sides that is necessary for more far-reaching measures," Steinmeier said at a joint press conference with Filip.

    Transnistria, a region dominated by an ethnically Russian and Ukrainian population, broke away from the Soviet Republic of Moldova in 1990, fearing the country might seek to reunify with neighboring Romania. The move triggered a war that ended in a ceasefire in July 1992, but the conflict has remained unresolved.

    Since 2005, the talks on the conflict in Transnistria have been held in the 5+2 format that includes the breakaway region, Moldova, the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States. The last round was held on June 2-3.

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