President meets with Cord Hinrich Meier-Klodt


President Yevgeny Shevchuk received Cord Hinrich Meier-Klodt, who will take office as Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman from January 1, 2016. It should be reminded that over the course of the following year Germany will chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The meeting was also attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to Moldova Ulrike Maria Knotz, Acting Foreign Minister of the PMR Vitaly Ignatiev.

According to Cord Hinrich Meier-Klodt, his visit to Pridnestrovie is for informative purposes. The diplomat also thanked the Pridnestrovian side for participation in the annual Conference on confidence-building measures in Moldova-Pridnestrovie settlement process, which was held on October 29-30 this year in Rottach-Egern (Bavaria, Germany). As noted by Cord Hinrich Meier-Klodt, tangible results have been achieved on this platform, including an understanding of the need to facilitate trade regime between Pridnestrovie and the EU.

The participants exchanged views on prospects for cooperation between the parties on a number of topical issues. The President stressed the interest of Pridnestrovie in cooperation and building up of transparent direct contacts with international partners in order to study the situation objectively. “The role of the OSCE in the organization of negotiation platform and responding to conflicts that arise periodically between Pridnestrovie and Moldova is weighty, - said Yevgeny Shevchuk. - Our position is that all documents agreed in the framework of the “5+2” format are obligatory for us and we do not undertake unilateral steps aimed at escalation of the conflict. "

The President drew attention to the fact that there are a significant amount of outstanding issues between Pridnestrovie and Moldova. “The Pridnestrovian side intends to work hard in cooperation with the participants of the negotiation format towards finding a solution to the problems existing today between the parties to the conflict and concerning, primarily, citizens and economic entities,” - said Yevgeny Shevchuk. The President expressed hope that the problems will be minimized with the support of the German OSCE chairmanship.