Thursday 1 September 2005
August 30, 2005
CIS: Death Notices Serve To Revive Moribund Organization
Will one of these leaders destroy the CIS? Meeting in the wilds of Belarus on 8 December 1991, the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus announced the creation of a new Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on the ruins of the crumbling USSR. Two weeks later, on 21 December 1991, the presidents of 11 former Soviet republics (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) met in Almaty and signed a protocol to that declaration affirming their countries' membership in the CIS.
August 29, 2005
Moldova: Chisinau Marks Liberation Anniversary, But Some See It Otherwise
Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin and other senior government officials on 24 August took part in solemn celebrations of the 61st anniversary of the liberation of Moldova from the Nazis by the Soviet Army. On the same day, a group of demonstrators in front of the Russian Embassy in Chisinau denounced the Soviet liberation of Moldova as "occupation" and urged an official reinterpretation of the country's 20th-century history.
August 27, 2005
Romania: RFE/RL Speaks With Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan
Romanian Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan Ungurea Romanian Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan Ungurea speaks to RFE/RL about his country's role in resolving the Transdniester conflict, the expansion of the negotiation format, and Romania's efforts to been seen as an exporter of democracy and to join the EU.
August 18, 2005
Presidents Gather At Ukrainian Youth Camp
18 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Four presidents and a number of regional celebrities are expected to join some 3,000 children today at Artek, Ukraine, to help celebrate the 80th anniversary --> http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/08/605cba43-6c5b-42dd-9b86-2f0cb9a9376f.html of the former elite camp for Young Pioneers.
July 27, 2005
Moldova: President Voronin Discusses Reform Efforts (Part 2)
27 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- RFE/RL's Romania/Moldova Service spoke with Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin yesterday about some of the biggest issues facing his country. In Part 1 of the interview --> http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/07/39cc55e3-6a2f-41cf-8ed0-32f10afce164.html , Voronin addressed the roots of the Transdniester problem and his preferred path for solving the conflict, and his vision of ideal relations with neighboring Romania. In Part 2, Voronin discusses the liberalization of the country's economy and political system, reform of the Communist Party, and his personal role in Europe.
July 26, 2005
Moldova: RFE/RL Talks With President Vladimir Voronin (Part 1)
Voronin (far right) is the only of these faces still in power three years after this 2002 GUUAM summit, which included (from left) Azerbaijan's Heidar Aliyev, Georgia's Eduard Shevardnadze, and Ukraine's Leonid Kuchma 26 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- RFE/RL's Romania/Moldova Service spoke with Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin today about some of the biggest issues facing his country. Voronin addressed the roots of the Transdniester problem and his preferred path for solving the conflict, enlisting EU and U.S. help in persuading Moscow to remove Russian troops from Transdniester, and his vision of ideal relations with neighboring Romania. The following is an edited transcript of that interview. [To see Part 2 of the RFE/RL interview with Voronin, click here --> /featuresarticle/2005/07/f614190c-88a7-42a7-bd3a-ee746808545f.html .]
July 22, 2005
Moldova: Will Dniester Shooting Incident Mark Turning Point In Relations Between Chisinau, Tiraspol?
The headquarters of the Transdniestrian government Moldova has lodged an official protest with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), accusing Russian peacekeeping troops of unprofessional conduct during an incident this week. Moldovan Reintegration Minister Vasile Sova said Russian soldiers guarding a bridge 40 kilometers east of Chisinau fired in the air after demanding that three civilians who had been taking photographs hand over their film. The bridge over the Dniester River is near the unofficial boundary between Moldova and the breakaway region of Transdniester. The incident could impede a settlement of the Transdniester conflict, which was recently given a boost by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.