A Ukrainian guard on the country's border with the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdniester (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
June 16, 2006 -- Officials in Moldova's separatist region of Transdniester have arrested five Moldovan police officers on charges of spying.
Moldovan police dismissed the accusations as "absurd" and Interior Minister Gheorghe Papuc said the detentions were a "provocation."
The detentions signal a fresh rise in tensions between pro-Russian Transdniester and Moldova's pro-Western authorities.
The Transdniester Conflict
Stela Jantuan, head of the Information, Analysis, and Prognosis Service of the Moldovan parliament (RFE/RL)
FROZEN CONFLICT: On January 11, 2006, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a panel discussion on prospects for settling the Transdniester conflict. The roundtable featured STEFAN GLIGOR and STELA JANTUAN of the Information, Analysis, and Prognosis Service of the Moldovan parliament and ALEXANDRU FLENCHA, head of the information and analysis division of Moldova's Ministry of Reintegration.
TALKS CONTINUE. The conflict between the Republic of Moldova and the unrecognized, separatist Transdniester Republic has festered for more than 15 years. A decade of talks supervised by the OSCE, Russia, and Ukraine have stagnated, while allegations mount concerning the involvement of Transdniester separatists in money-laundering and trafficking in arms, drugs, and human beings. What are the current prospects for settling this frozen conflict? (more)