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Transdniester Plans Vote On Independence

Igor Smirnov, leader of Transdniester (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) July 12, 2006 -- Moldova's separatist region of Transdniester has said it will hold a referendum on September 17 at which inhabitants of the pro-Moscow enclave will face two questions, on whether Transdniester should become independent and then "freely unite with" Russia, or whether it should abandon its drive for independence and rejoin Moldova.

Transdniester broke away from Moldova in the early 1990s.

(AFP, Reuters, IPN, Interfax)

The Transdniester Conflict

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.


Listen to the complete panel discussion (about 90 minutes):
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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)


An archive of RFE/RL's coverage of Transdniester.