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Separatists To Reopen Schools In Transdniester

29 September 2004 -- Separatists in Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniester said today that two Moldovan-language schools using the Latin script that were forced to close will reopen.

Separatists in the mainly Russian-speaking region closed down the schools in Transdniester in July because they were using Latin, not Cyrillic, script in their lessons.

Moldovan and Romanian languages are nearly identical, but the separatists felt teaching in Latin script increased the possibility of a union of Moldova and Romania.

Transdniester's top education official, Elena Bomesko, said it will take some time to get the two schools opened again because the facilities are in poor condition.

Transdniester declared its independence from Moldova in 1990, but it is not recognized internationally.