Commentary by Moldova's Reintegration Policies Bureau
19:22 | 22.04.2022 Category: Official
Chisinau, 22 April /MOLDPRES/ - In the context of messages launched by Russian military decision-makers on the existence of alleged cases of infringement of rights of Russian-speaking people in Moldova’s Transnistrian region, the Reintegration Policies Bureau declares that statements of this kind are not only unacceptable, but also groundless, as they lead to the enhancement of the tension and distrust in the society.
The fundamental rights and freedoms of all residents, no matter the race, nationality, ethnic origin, language, etc., are guaranteed and observed on the territory of Moldova, member state of the Council of Europe. And all these rights are observed on the territory controlled by the constitutional authorities.
At the same time, taking into account Russia’s military presence in the Transnistrian region, namely the Russian side exercises the effective control over this region of Moldova, a fact ascertained in numerous decisions by the European Court of Human Rights.
We remind that the Transnistrian region represents an alienable part of the unitary and territorially indivisible state Republic of Moldova. All mediators and observers within the 5+2 format of negotiations, including Russia, have constantly supported the achievement of a comprehensive, peaceful and lasting settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, having at the basis Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, within the borders recognized by the international community.
Also, under the Article 5 of the Treaty on friendship and cooperation between Moldova and Russia from 19 November 2001, it is clearly recognized that each of the sides will abstain from any actions able to jeopardize the other side, its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
We also emphasize that Moldova, according its Constitution, is a neutral state and we demand that this principle is observed by all international actors, including Russia.
Thus, we reiterate the need to observe the commitments laid down at the bilateral and international levels and avoid messages which can create artificial dissensions and hotbeds of tension.