The Ambassador of Moldova on U.S.-Moldova Relations and the Future of the Republic | HuffPost
The United States of America and Republic of Moldova enjoy a partnership that began 25 years ago. This partnership is deeply rooted in the shared ideals of our . U.S.-Moldova Relations. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the United States recognized the independence of Moldova on. Moldova–United States relations are bilateral relations between Moldova and the United States. According to the census, there are 7,
This spurred domestic instability, raised obstacles to business development, and most importantly, allowed for serious violations of human rights, which were perpetrated by a separatist regime in Transnistria.
Gripped by this conflict, we have lost considerable opportunities in the past decades and spared lots of resources, social energy and critical time in trying to settle a conflict that has nothing to do with its roots of origin, and which gave to the separatist region of Transnistria the reputation of being a 'hub of various criminal networks and smuggling', a 'broken leg of the Soviet militaristic legacy' that can no longer be tolerated.
We want Transnistria to be fully reintegrated into the Republic of Moldova through a process of demilitarization, liberalization and de-criminalization of the region.
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Of thepeople living in Transnistria,are Moldovan citizens; therefore, we see the final settlement of the conflict as a way to liberate the population from violent control and oppression, perpetrated via cold-war propaganda and isolation. Now, the effects of the US policy of resetting relations with Russia may produce positive results.
We very much hope this to be the case. In fact, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stated recently its readiness to accept a conflict settlement, based on the principles repeatedly highlighted in Chisinau: Needless to say, this major objective shall be preceded however by steps to dismantle Russian cold-war-era arms dumps left on the soil of Moldova after the Soviet dissolution, full withdrawal of the ammunition depots from the region in conflict, and last but not least - the unconditional resumption of talks, interrupted unilaterally in We are ready to expand to the region of Transnistria a generous autonomy statute, protected by constitutional guarantees, and designed through a reasonable process of devolution that would match the genuine desire and needs of the Moldovan citizens from this region.
But, Moldova will not accept illegal stationing of foreign troops on its soil, illegitimate actions that violate Moldovan Constitution and fundamental international and European Conventions on Human Rights. So, the signs coming out from the recent visit of Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iurie Leanca, on March 29 in Moscow sounds very positive, and moves towards the goal I have expressed above - fully-fledged, comprehensive and durable reintegration of the region of Transnistria into the Moldovan state, which has been also outlined as a fundamental principle for a fair and just settlement of the conflict by the US Vice-President Joe Biden, during his historic visit to Moldova on March 11, What is Moldova's interest in the United States and, at the same time, what is the United States' interest in Moldova?
Moldova's interest in the United States is of strategic relevance to us.
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Soon, after the Soviet disintegration, we've decisively proceeded to create a model of transition that was very much in line with the political transition followed by our Central European Neighbors: United States support was of fundamental importance to make the first steps in dismantling the legacy of collectivistic monopoly on land, properties and public space, thus, providing the essential ingredients during the first phase of independent statehood.
The Moldovan state is just at the crossroads of entering into a second phase of its development that will require more institutional maturity, more reforms, and more solidarity with the Western democracies, following our strategic objective to get membership of the European Union.
But, this will only outlines the strategic relevance of the United States to the Republic of Moldova. We are becoming more and more interested in getting our inspiration from institutions and laws that make the United States unique.
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I will mention just a few elements that drive this interest: These are the areas that Moldova is learning a lot from this year through a fruitful process of cooperation at different levels and stakes. We look at the United States as a privileged and strategic partner, and we are ready to make all necessary steps in this direction, sharing the benefits of the bilateral cooperation, but also exploring the plethora of international responsibilities. While small in size, Moldova provides for excellent business opportunities for people and to those who are ready to settle long-standing arrangements.
Inthe Moldovan economy registered an annual growth rate of 6. These exports included 'culturally' sensitive goods, such as wine, apparel, and machinery. Moldova has also a booming IT sector that is becoming more and more integrated into the challenging international market. From a US perspective, Moldova is an interesting site in business terms: Moldova is a 'success story' of the European Partnership, one of the tangible European Union policies designed to engage eastern neighbors in profound and irreversible changes at home.
He was elected in Novemberthe first time in 16 years that the Head of State was chosen by popular election rather than by parliament.
The last parliamentary elections were held on 30 November The Agreement seeks to deepen political, economic and trade relations. In Aprilthe EU lifted visa restrictions on Moldova, allowing its citizens to travel freely throughout the EU Schengen passport-free area.
Republic of Moldova and the United States of America celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations
This led to a brief civil war in earlyfollowed by a ceasefire agreement in July Separatists in Transnistria established their own administration and Russia deployed peacekeeping troops, which remain. The region has been under OSCE supervision since The EU has restrictive measures in place against the leadership of Transnistria, and funds a border monitoring mission designed to prevent illegal smuggling activities.U.S. and Moldova Celebrate 20 Years of Diplomatic Relations
A Memorandum of Understanding guaranteeing a degree of autonomy for the region was signed in OSCE-led negotiations between Moldova and Transnistria recommenced in Februaryafter a six-year hiatus and are ongoing.
Economic overview Moldova has one of the smallest economies in Europe with significant foreign debt and high unemployment. The country does not have any significant known mineral deposits and relies heavily on Russian energy.