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    WITHDRAWAL OF RUSSIAN EX-14TH ARMY'S AMMUNITION AND PROPERTY FROM TRANDSNESTRIA MAY RESUME IN APRIL

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    MONINO /MOSCOW REGION/, MARCH 3. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- The withdrawal of the ammunition and property of the former Russian 14th army from Transdnestria /the self-proclaimed republic in Moldavia/ may resume in April, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Vladimir Isakov has said on Wednesday.

    In late March-early April it is planned to hold talks on the problem of Transdnestrian settlement, after which the withdrawal of Russian munitions from the region "may resume", he said.

    The authorities of the self-proclaimed republic, populated mostly by Russian-speakers, suspended the withdrawal after last December Moldavia's leadership unexpectedly rejected the Russian conflict-settling scheme, which had already been agreed upon. The scheme provided for giving Transdnestria the status of an entity of the Moldovan federation.

    Isakov said that since then "actually unending consultations have been held, including in the five-lateral format /Cisinau, Tiraspol, Moscow, Kiev, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe/. Some headway has already been made".

    In the opinion of the general, the parties' agreement can eventually be reached at the talks also because the presidential election is forthcoming in Moldavia and its present leadership is interested in the Transdnestrian settlement.

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