Moldova, Transdniestr hold informal talks in Vienna: OSCE

27th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Moldova and Transdniestr held informal talks Monday in Vienna, led by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in a bid to resolve their dispute, a spokeswoman said.

Russian and Ukranian representatives also joined the talks, which will last until Tuesday, at the OSCE's headquarters in the Austrian capital.

Negotiations in the "5 + 2 format" (Moldova, Transdniestr, Russia, Ukraine and OSCE, plus the EU and US as observers) were suspended in 2006, before Moscow-mediated talks resumed in 2008.

Transdniestr is a narrow strip of land along Moldova's border with Ukraine that has been self-governing since pro-Russian separatists fought a brief war against Moldova in the early 1990s.

While not recognised by any country, the territory has received tacit support from Russia.

The Russian-speaking separatist region of Transdniestr, a small strip of territory in eastern Moldova with a population of 500,000, declared independence in 1990, but has never achieved international recognition.

In 2006, 97 percent of Transdniestr citizens claimed independence.

Last March, the OSCE announced that representatives from Moldova and Transdniestr wished to recommence formal negotiations this year.

© 2010 AFP

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