US supports Moldova on its reforms

US Vice President Joe Biden sided firmly on 11 March with Moldova’s Prime Minister Vlad Filat and his reform plan. He called for the resumption of negotiations with secessionists seeking to break part of Moldova away and align with Russia.

But, he said, such talks must be aimed at a settlement that preserves Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also sought to link Moldova’s democrats with the democratic uprisings throughout Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Freedom is in the air, and democracy is emerging in countries that for generations have known nothing but authoritarian rule, he told a throng outside the capital’s opera house.

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