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Transdniestria won’t impede Moldovan-Ukrainian border demarcation

Transdniestria will not impede the Moldovan-Ukrainian border demarcation, which started this week, the unrecognized republic's foreign minister Vladimir Yastrebchak said on Sunday.

"Transdniestria will not impede the demarcation process by the Ukrainian request, if the works are done outside the Transdniestrian territory," he said.

Transdniestrian representatives do not take part in the border demarcation works of Ukraine but keep an eye on the process, he said.

Ukraine and Moldova have begun border demarcation, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Foreign Ministers Pyotr Poroshenko and Iurie Leanca placed the first border mark in the Transdniestrian sector of the border earlier in the day.

"This ceremony starts the final phase of the Ukrainian-Moldovan border demarcation," the ministers said.

Last year, the Ukrainian State Border Service installed 3,900 border marks in hitherto unmarked areas of the Ukrainian border with Russia, Belarus and Moldova.

Ukraine and Moldova agreed to start the demarcation of the Transdniestrian area in early 2008.

The border is 1,222 kilometers long, including 267 kilometers by the river. The border between Ukraine and Transdniestria stretches out for 452 kilometers.

Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat will visit Ukraine on February 1 at the invitation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko.

The sides plan to finalize debates on border demarcation and mutual acknowledgement of property, the Moldovan government press office said on Friday.

The new border crossing rules enacted by the Ukrainian government last summer will be on the agenda. The rules provide for sporadic inspections of solvency of foreigners crossing the Ukrainian border. There are 90 countries, among them five former Soviet republics (Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and 85 countries of Africa and Asia, on the Ukrainian blacklist. So far, the rules are suspended for Moldovan citizens.

Moldova and Ukraine signed the border agreement in 1999. (Itar-Tass)


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