CHISINAU ESCAPES ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WAR CRIMES AGAINST PRIDNESTROVIANS

06/19/19 22:23

CHISINAU ESCAPES ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WAR CRIMES AGAINST PRIDNESTROVIANS

The participants of the Moscow conference on the consequences of the Moldovan military aggression against Pridnestrovie in 1990-1992 made such conclusion

Moscow, June, 19. /Novosti Pridnestrovya/. The official representation of the PMR in Russia hosted a round table "The Inevitability of Punishment for Crimes Against the People of Pridnestrovie During the Period of Moldova’s Military Aggression in 1990-1992". The participants were Foreign Minister of the PMR Vitaly Ignatiev, Ambassador at Large with the rank of Deputy Foreign Minister of the PMR Ruslan Slobodenyuk and compatriots living in Moscow, as well as President of the International Slavic Academy of Sciences Sergei Baburin, President of the Russian Lawyers Guild Hasan Mirzoev, diplomats from South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh, representatives of expert and legal communities, academia and the public.

The participants discussed the impact of the consequences of the Moldovan military aggression against Pridnestrovie on the current situation in the relations of the parties and the genesis of the negotiation process, according to the PMR Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. It was emphasized that in Moldova a flawed and discriminating viewpoint on the way to solving the conflict with Pridnestrovie, which ignored the will of the people of Pridnestrovie and objective reality, was still dominating. The interlocutors agreed that in Chisinau they were still not ready to rethink the events of 1990-1992 and fundamentally escape accountability for war crimes against the Pridnestrovian people.

The Minister of PMR Foreign Affairs, Vitaly Ignatiev, spoke about the impact of the armed conflict on the current relations of Pridnestrovie and Moldova. The Minister stated that the Pridnestrovian people 29 years ago had had a clear, transparent, fair and universal value system, which had no place for radicalism, violence, chauvinism, aggression and other phenomena that swept Moldova. The diplomat drew attention to the fact that even after 1992, protracted crises and spikes in social instability repeatedly occurred in Moldova, which testify to the immaturity of Moldovan society. Vitaly Ignatiev stressed that all those years, the only guarantee that the internal aggravations in the Republic of Moldova would not again turn against Pridnestrovie was a trilateral peacekeeping operation under the auspices of Russia.

“Restrictions on freedom of movement, economic blockade, compulsory documentation motivated prosecution of citizens - all this shows that Moldova did not draw conclusions from the darkest pages of its past and did not learn a single lesson from the military conflict on the Dniester,” the Foreign Minister said.

The participants of the round table were provided with photographs and newsreels depicting certain episodes and consequences of the military aggression of the Republic of Moldova, and also familiarized themselves with the materials of the criminal case on the facts of the invasion of the Moldovan armed forces in Pridnestrovie.

As a result of the event, a resolution was adopted, which emphasizes the need for both the modern leadership of Moldova and the international community to give an open political and legal assessment of  the Moldovan armed aggression against Pridnestrovie period events.

“The formation of state-legal relations between Pridnestrovie and Moldova should take into account the lessons of the conflict, the opinion of the people of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic repeatedly expressed during national referendums, as well as the legitimate rights and interests of people, including the younger generation, who grew up during the existence of a de facto independent Pridnestrovie,” the text of the resolution stated. 

The document also notes that “even after almost three decades, Moldova’s chronic inability to rethink its mistakes and take responsibility for crimes against the people of Pridnestrovie confirms the choice of a course towards international recognition of the republic as the only possible one”.

The participants urged the world community to recognize Pridnestrovie as soon as possible, based on international law, political and legal foundations established by the Supreme Council of the USSR and national referendums in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, as well as on modern precedents.

“The recognition of Pridnestrovie according a full-fledged international legal personality is an indispensable clause and the main guarantee for the protection of the rights and interests of the republic half-million population” the resolution of the round table says.

 

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