Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 04090160 (posted Aug. 31, 2004)"
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
August 26, 2004
Expanded Visa Restrictions on Transnistrian Authorities
The United States, together with the EU, is restricting issuance of visas for
ten officials of the Transnistria separatist regime in Moldova. These
individuals are among those responsible for an ongoing campaign to force the
closure of Moldavian language schools in the separatist Transnistrian region of
Moldova, a campaign that has recently included the harassment and isolation of
children in an orphanage, and steps to impede delivery of food and water for
their relief by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and
UNICEF. We and our European partners have strongly condemned the Transnistrian
leadership for its recent provocative actions.
Unfortunately, these actions are part of a wider pattern of Transnistrian
intransigence in both the political settlement talks and in steps to complete
Russia s military withdrawal from Moldova. U.S. and EU concern over this
obstructionism led to the February 27, 2003 US/EU visa restrictions imposed on
seventeen top members of the Transnistrian regime, which remain in effect. By
helping foment the current school crisis, the ten additional members of the
self-proclaimed Transnistrian leadership share direct responsibility for
impeding progress in negotiations to solve the overall separatist dispute, and
will, therefore, be subject to this same restrictive visa policy.
Released on August 26, 2004