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Germany supports Moldova in its country reintegration efforts: Merkel

BUCHAREST, Aug. 23 — Germany supports the territorial integration of Moldova and pleads for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict within the borders of the country, stressed Wednesday the visiting Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, at a joint press conference with her Moldovan counterpart Vlad Filat.

According to Merkel, the most adequate settlement for the Transnistrian conflict is the five-plus-two format, which included, besides the two conflicting parties, Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe as mediators and the United States and the European Union are observers.

Transnistria, a largely Russian-and-Ukrainian-speaking area, declared independence in 1990 from the Romanian-speaking majority of Moldova, but its move has never been recognized internationally.

Merkel emphasized the need to continue efforts in order to ensure a good communication between people, as well as to enhance mobility in the negotiating process. "We must have patience, advance step by step, and not forget that this process is still not over," she added, voicing hope that the new round of talks, due in next September, will be a step forward.

Filat appreciated Germany's support for Moldova in the Transnistrian conflict settlement, stressing that due to the Meeseberg initiative, put forward by Germany and Russia in June 2010, it was possible to resume the five-plus-two official negotiations, as well as the work of the joint groups of experts.

"We continue to rely on Germany's support in this issue of utmost importance for our country," the prime minister said.

According to Filat, the two prime ministers had also discussed the European integration process in which Moldova is engaged.

Filat said that Moldova's European integration is not a dream but an objective, while Merkel stressed that Moldova has European prospects, but the integration process should take place step by step.

Merkel arrived in Chisinau Wednesday morning for her first visit to Moldova. She was joined, in her one-day visit, by a group of 50 persons, most of them being potential investors in the former Soviet republic landlocked between Romania and Ukraine. (PNA/Xinhua)

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