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Council lifts sanctions to recognise progress in Transnistria talks

The EU has lifted a travel ban on the former political leadership of the Transnistrian region of Moldova in recognition of “progress seen under the new leadership in negotiating certain aspects of a settlement of the Transnistrian conflict within the "5+2" framework,” which had resumed after a six-year break in December 2011, according to a press release from the Council of the European Union.
However, the Council said that travel bans could be re-imposed “on those blocking progress on the remaining problems regarding Latin-script Moldovan schools in Transnistria”. The relevant provisions had not been lifted, but would no longer target specific persons, the press release said.
The Council will continue to monitor and review the situation “with respect to progress towards a political settlement, the freedom of movement of persons and the situation of Latin-script Moldovan schools,” the press release said.
The restrictive measures against the political leadership of the Transnistrian region of Moldova were first imposed in 2003, then in 2004, but suspended in September 2010 “to encourage progress in reaching a political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, in addressing the remaining problems of the Latin-script schools and in restoring free movement of persons.” Most recently, eleven persons were targeted by the restrictive measures.(EU Neighbourhood Info)


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