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Transdniester Hails Court Ruling On Kosovo

The placard reads 'Remember That We Are Not Moldova' on a Tiraspol street in Transdniester
CHISINAU -- Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region has welcomed last week's ruling by a United Nations court that Kosovo's 2008 secession from Serbia did not violate international law, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

The de facto Transdniester Foreign Ministry said in a statement on July 27 that the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) decision at The Hague last week is "a landmark" and "model" for other entities seeking independence.

It calls on the UN and individual states to recognize Transdniester as soon as possible as an independent state, especially as it has functioned "as a de facto state" for 20 years.

Transdniester broke away from Moldova in a short but bloody war in the early 1990s, fearing that Moldova's post-Soviet, Romanian-speaking leaders might seek reunification with Romania.

Conflict-resolution talks over Transdniester under the aegis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been stalled for several years.

Kosovo's independence has been recognized by 69 countries, but not by Chisinau.