Corlatean: OSCE, Romania want European democracies’ involvement in Republic of Moldova

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Romania believe the European democratic family should render more active support to the efforts aimed at seeing a return to the democratic standards in the Republic of Moldova, chairman of the Romanian Senate’s foreign policy commission Titus Corlatean said after meeting the Greek OSCE chairman-in-office’s special representative on conflict prevention Haralambos Christopoulos here on Wednesday.
‘We had a common stand: an increasingly substantial presence of the OSCE, of the European family – both of the European Union and the Council of Europe – an effective presence that should be political first and foremost is required in the Republic of Moldova in order to help it return to a minimal respect for the democratic standards in this country, that should at a later stage allow concrete progress and its getting closer to the European Union and the European family’, the Social Democrat senator told.
During the talks held at the Palace of Parliament, Corlatean stressed the European family should demand the Chisinau authorities to drop a decision on visa requirements for the Romanian citizens.
‘We discussed the undemocratic behaviour of the Chisinau authorities and the groundless accusations levelled on Romania. My position was very clear, a position of rejection of such undemocratic Soviet-type ways of conducting politics.
I very clearly said the European family should show solidarity as regards the respect of the democratic standards, the good neighbourliness principles and I said (the European family) should very clearly require the Chisinau authorities to drop, as fast as possible, that abusive measure of setting visa requirements for the Romanian citizens, who are European citizens, which is a move that violates a previous agreement closed by Chisinau with the EU’, Corlatean said.
On the recent move made by the Bucharest Government to streamline the procedure for granting the Moldovans the Romanian citizenship, Corlatean said he hadn’t noticed any significant interest of the OSCE in the Romanian executive’s decision.
‘It was a quite brief discussion on this issue, but I didn’t see any particular or exaggerated concern on behalf of the OSCE chairmanship-in-office on this issue’, he said.
‘On the Transdnestr matter, Romania’s position and the position of the OSCE Greek chairmanship-in-office was very clear, namely that the official negotiation form should be respected, the 5+2 form in which the European Union’s presence is confirmed and is important as the U.S. presence is.
Any other attempts towards a much smaller form, the so-called 2+1 in which the Russian Federation, the Republic of Moldova and Tiraspol would be present would be unbalanced and might lead to solutions that are not acceptable for the international community and the international law’, Corlatean said.

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