Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, appointed by the Polish Presidency of the OSCE as head of the OSCE Mission in Moldova, takes up her mandate today, October 3.
According to the OSCE, Kelly Keiderling will also be the OSCE mediator in the Transnistrian settlement process.
“I am delighted to take up this important position at this volatile and challenging time for the Transnistrian settlement process. I look forward to cooperating with the authorities in Chisinau and Tiraspol, as well as with the other participants in the “5+2″ format, to continue and develop the negotiations for the reintegration of Transnistria into the Republic of Moldova. The mandate of the OSCE Mission – to resolve the Transnistrian conflict in all its aspects – remains the noble objective of the OSCE participating States”, stated Keiderling.
Ambassador Keiderling previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova, as well as Deputy Chief of Mission and intermittently as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela . Ambassador Keiderling has held diplomatic posts at US missions in Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Botswana, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and Zambia, as well as several positions in Washington, DC. Her intellectual interests include societies in transition, effective communication, and diplomacy.
Ambassador Keiderling succeeds Claus Neukirch, who completed his term as Head of Mission in September.
The main priorities of the OSCE Mission in Moldova are to contribute to the achievement of a sustainable and comprehensive political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict based on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders, with a special status for Transnistria.
The mandate of the OSCE Mission to Moldova is approved and renewed every year by all 57 OSCE participating States, including the Republic of Moldova.