OSCE May Replace Russia Peacekeepers in Moldova

photo_verybig_10196026Dmitry Medvedev, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin and separatist leader Igor Smirnov signed a joint declaration after talks.

Russia’s peacekeeping force in Moldova’s breakaway Transdniestria region may be replaced by an international mission after a political solution to the crisis is found, Russia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.

It said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin and separatist leader Igor Smirnov signed a joint declaration after talks at the Kremlin leader’s residence outside Moscow.

“The sides … noted the stabilising role of the current peacekeeping operation in the region and agreed that it would be expedient to transform it into a new mission under the auspices of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe after a solution (to the conflict) is found,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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