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Moldova: President Plans To Ally With Pro-Romanians

Chisinau, Moldova; August 6 (RFE/RL) -- Moldovan President Mircea Snegur plans to ally with the pro-Romania Popular Front before November elections, but will resist any moves to unite with Romania, according to an aide.

Presidential aide Victor Josu told Reuters today that Snegur insisted on full independence for Moldova, much of which belonged to Romania before it was annexed by Moscow in 1940 under a pact with Nazi Germany.

Snegur's alliance with the Popular Front is only for the current pre-electoral campaign, said Josu. Snegur will remain devoted to Moldovan independence, he said.

Fear of union with Romania stirred rebellion in the largely Slav-populated Dnestr region after Moldova became independent in 1991. Hundreds were killed in fighting before the self-proclaimed DneAug 8 20:09:56 afpd[9577]: afp_enumerate: stat BBBB.HTML: No such file or directory str Republic, industrial hub of Moldova, negotiated an uneasy peace with Chisinau.

Petru Bogatu, a Moldovan Popular Front official, told a news conference late yesterday that his movement and an alliance of six other small nationalist parties would back Snegur in the November 17 poll and help work out his platform.