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Chair welcomes constructive attitude of all participants in PACE round table on the Transdniestrian settlement process

Summing up at the end of a round table on the Transdniestrian settlement process, the Chair of the PACE Sub-committee on Conflict between Council of Europe Member States, Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), has welcomed the constructive participation and openness to dialogue of the representatives of the Moldovan authorities and the de facto authorities in Tiraspol.

“This meeting showed clearly the willingness of all involved to exchange information about the developments in the 5+2 process as well as the potential of the Parliamentary Assembly and parliamentary diplomacy to support the important work of the 5+2 process, as the only appropriate negotiating mechanism for the Transdniestrian settlement process,” said Mr Schennach.

He welcomed the substantial progress achieved in the 5+2 talks on the Transdniestrian Settlement Process in Vienna on 28 November 2017. In his concluding remarks, Mr Schennach underlined that “all participants highlighted the human rights and rule of law aspects, as well as confidence-building measures, in the settlement process and noted the important role that the Council of Europe could play in that respect. It was therefore tentatively agreed that a future meeting in this format could focus on the human rights aspects in the settlement process and the role of the Council of Europe.”

Mr Schennach will brief the Monitoring Committee on the results of the round table on 25 January.