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Moldova: OSCE Has 'Serious Reservations' On Russian Plan For Transdniester

Chisinau, 4 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A senior official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today said he had "serious reservations" about a Russian plan to settle a long-running dispute between Moldova and its breakaway region of Transdniester. William Hill, head of the OSCE permanent mission in Moldova, sharply criticized the Russian proposal at a press conference in the capital Chisinau.

Moldova last week refused to sign the Russian-backed peace plan that would turn the country into a federation, granting wide autonomy to the pro-Russian Transdniester region and turning Russian into a second official language alongside Romanian.

The Russian draft document was, Hill said, filled with "overlapping authorities" at the federal, national, and local levels, which could make Moldova ungovernable.