Thursday 23 September 2004
September 23, 2004
Moldova: Hard Work And Devotion Pay Off, Even In Europe's Poorest Country
Over the past decade, Moldova has earned the unwanted reputation as the economic basket case of Europe, with nearly three-quarters of the country's 4 million people living in poverty. Hundreds of thousands of Moldovans have fled a country once celebrated for its delicious wines in hopes of finding a better life abroad. Those who remain are left to eke out a living in often derelict, semi-deserted villages. Yet RFE/RL correspondent Eugen Tomiuc, traveling in rural Moldova, has found a remarkable family who prove that hard work and devotion can still reap a handsome return -- even in the poorest country in Europe.
September 17, 2004
Analysis: Transdniester Wants Talks On 'Federal System' With Moldova
Valerii Litskai, the "foreign minister" of the self-proclaimed Transdniester Republic, suggested on 16 September that the current impasse in relations between the Transdniestrian and Moldovan authorities could be overcome by a resumption of the previous five-sided negotiations -- with the participation of Russia, Ukraine, and the OSCE -- without any "preliminary conditions."
September 08, 2004
Transdniester: Media Watchdogs, Officials Call For Release Of Moldovan Journalist
Moldovan officials and an international media watchdog group are calling for the release of a Moldovan television journalist who was beaten and then detained by Transdniestrian separatists. Cameraman Dinu Mija was attacked yesterday while trying to film the seizure of a railway station by separatists. He was later sentenced to 15 days in prison. Transdniestrian separatists also briefly detained a BBC crew last week. The attacks on journalists come amid heightened tensions between Moldova and its breakaway region.
September 03, 2004
EU: Foreign Ministers To Discuss Iraq Aid Mission; No Breakthrough Seen On Middle East Or Iran
European Union foreign ministers today began an informal two-day meeting at a castle near the Dutch city of Maastricht. The informal meeting, known as a "Gymnich" after the German city where the first meeting of its type was held, takes place twice a year and gives the ministers an opportunity for strategic brainstorming in a relaxed atmosphere. This Gymnich meeting will feature a first debate on a possible EU "rule-of-law" aid mission to Iraq, in addition to what are likely to be tough exchanges on Iran, the Middle East, and the EU-Burma relationship.
August 18, 2004
Moldova Protests Transdniester's 'Illegal Actions'
18 August 2004 -- Moldova today protested what it called "inhuman and illegal actions" by separatists in its breakaway province of Transdniester who prevented Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) representatives from entering their territory.
August 13, 2004
Analysis: Transdniester Attempts To Regionalize Conflict
With the deteriorating situation between Moldova and the separatist region of Transdniester, RFE/RL's Romania-Moldova Service will extend its broadcasts to Moldova to include weekend coverage as well. As of 14 August, Moldovans will be able to benefit from the same excellent coverage as that during the rest of the week.
August 09, 2004
Analysis: Mixed Signals In Transdniester
Transdniestrian separatist leader Igor Smirnov is accustomed to playing it both ways. On 5 August, he amply displayed the skills for which he has gained notoriety. First, the Transdniestrian "Defense Ministry" announced that it had taken the first steps toward mobilizing its reservists. According to an ITAR-TASS report, the urgent mobilization of the army, the special services, and "Interior Ministry" forces was under way and several thousand reservists were expected to report for duty within a few days. Regular units, the communique said, had already been placed on alert because of the growing threat of an attack from Moldova.
August 04, 2004
Analysis: Transdniester, Russia, And The Schools Dispute
The dispute surrounding the recent closure of the six schools in the breakaway region of Transdniester that teach Moldovan (Romanian) in the Latin script has led to a situation in which a resumption of military clashes cannot be ruled out, some international news agencies have reported. Indeed the 15 July takeover of a school in Tiraspol has been followed by Moldovan economic retaliatory measures put into place on 1 August and the subsequent blocking of rail links from Moldova to Commonwealth of Independent States countries by separatist authorities on 3 August. As Infotag pointed out on 3 August, the last time Tiraspol resorted to blocking rail lines was during the armed conflict of the early 1990s. But who would be served by such a course?