Land Use Issue was at the Top of the Agenda of the Discussions between Nina Shtanski and Yevgeny Karpov

Today, the OSCE Office in Kishinev hosted a meeting between the representatives on political issues of Pridnestrovie and Moldova Nina Shtanski and Yevgeny Karpov. Taking part in the meeting were the heads of expert (working) groups on economy and the 5+2 participants.During the meeting the political representatives focused on the issue related to the land use by the Moldovan farmers in Dubossary District of the PMR. The Pridnestrovian side noted that the mechanism of cooperation between farmers and the State Administration of Dubossary District which had been developed in the PMR's Government proved to be effective: more than a hundred farmers already work on the lands in Dubossary District, more than three quarters of lands.Today, the representatives on political issues of Pridnestrovie and Moldova jointly tasked the expert (working) groups to develop substantive proposals on the content of the document on land use which would establish further temporary procedure for land use, the rights and obligations of the parties. The next meeting of the experts on this issue has been scheduled to take place on July 15-16, 2014. Commenting the situation relating to the land use issue between the sides, the political representative of Pridnestrovie noted with regret the information that had became known to her through unofficial sources about the readiness of Moldovan authorities to pay farmers 4 thousand lei per hectare for not-use of land in Dubossary District – the sum which is considerably higher than the sum of the money that has been earned from land use. Thus, she noted, in fact, the Moldovan side is ready to pay for “making the matter continue to be hot” without promoting the final solution to the problem. She said that during the meeting with Yevgeny Karpov she proposed to deny the information received unofficially, but the refutation was not voiced. Nina Shtanski stressed that the Pridnestrovian side took all possible measures to prevent people from becoming hostages of the political and diplomatic situation and urged the Moldovan colleagues to continue the substantive discussion of the issue. In the course of the meeting the Pridnestrovian side clarified in details to the Moldovan side the situation related to the emerged fire-prevention ditch designed to prevent spread of fires to the fields due to weather conditions, favourable to it. Earlier, quite emotional statements were made in the media by the political representative of Moldova on provocations and constructing of some “buildings around the fields”, also concerns on the lack of understanding of their functional use were expressed. The representative of the State Administration of Dubossary District of the PMR attended the meeting expressed the readiness to hand the relevant normative legal acts which contain all reasons for undertaking such works to the Moldovan experts, and assured that fire-prevention ditches are no different from those that traditionally appear in the fields during the heat in other parts of the republic.