The Chisinau authorities are preparing a new plan for the reintegration of the Transnistrian region, and the role of Romania and the European Union in the negotiation process should increase, considering the European path of the Republic of Moldova. The statement belongs to the Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Oleg Serebrian, and was made on Friday, December 23, for Europa Libera.
According to the deputy prime minister, over 30 years there have been at least 14 reintegration plans or strategies. They were not made public, nor did they have any success.
“But one does not act in ignorance. Any action, including plans for 1 or 2 years, has to be scheduled. That is, what we are going to do for the next 1-2 years. Certain variables are already outlined. What could happen if, perhaps… All these projects, especially after 2005, immediately take into account one thing – the law adopted by Parliament in 2005. This law is the red line beyond which we do not cross. That means that the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, the unitary state, the demilitarization, and the decriminalization of this region are elements that must exclusively be part of the action plan”, explained Oleg Serebrian.
The official is also of the opinion that the Ukrainian side can help us at the level of expertise and from a diplomatic point of view, especially because it is part of the negotiation process.
“It is our most important neighbor in the negotiation process, Romania not being part of the negotiation process directly, but only through the OSCE or the EU. On the other hand, I believe that Romania’s role must increase, especially with our gradual integration into the European space. And the role of the European Union must increase as well because the Transnistrian issue will become successively a matter of European integration”.
Oleg Serebrian concluded with the fact that: “We have to reintegrate a country and integrate it into the European Union. So these two processes must somehow be corroborated, coordinated and synchronized”.