July 11, 2013 - Issue: Vol. 159, No. 99 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 1st Session
IN SUPPORT OF MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENT DECLARATION ON THE CURRENT SITUATION OF THE TRANSNISTRIAN CONFLICT SETTLEMENT PROCESS; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 99
(Extensions of Remarks - July 11, 2013)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1053] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN SUPPORT OF MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENT DECLARATION ON THE CURRENT SITUATION OF THE TRANSNISTRIAN CONFLICT SETTLEMENT PROCESS ______ HON. JOSEPH R. PITTS of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Thursday, July 11, 2013 Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the peaceful reintegration of the young and aspiring Republic of Moldova. I also want to acknowledge my colleagues Reps. David Price, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Mark Meadows, Rep. Diaz-Balart, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Patrick McHenry, who have agreed to associate themselves with this statement. Most importantly, we support the recent conclusion of negotiations between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union on Moldova's Association Agreement, held in Luxembourg on July 25, 2013. We welcome the progress instituted by Prime Minister Julie Leanca and the Moldovan government in strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law, as well as in preparing for economic and political association with the European Union. As the goals and promotion of values of the Eastern Partnership are of utmost importance to U.S. strategic policy, we encourage Moldova to remain united in its continued focus on the domestic reforms integral to eventual European Union accession. We hope that the forthcoming EU Summit in Vilnius in November will result in an opportunity to reaffirm Moldova's EU aspirations, and call on the U.S. State Department to assist in every aspect of this challenging transition. Doing so affirms the United States' commitment to our allies in this region. While encouraged by Moldova's increasing harmonization with EU norms and standards--as evidenced by its recent agreement on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement as part of the European Union's Association Agreement--Moldova is being forced to fight for its own internationally recognized sovereign, independent and territorial integrity. We are concerned with the unilateral set of actions undertaken by the self-proclaimed leaders of the breakaway region of Transnistria, who recently launched provocative actions by adopting the so-called ``legal act on the border.'' These unilateral actions violate Moldova's sovereignty, as the leadership of Transnistria has claimed territories that are fully in the control of the Republic of Moldova. We are also concerned by recent entreaties by the leadership in Transnistria-- entreaties that threaten Moldova's territorial integrity and European Union accession prospects. These actions undermine the July 1992 ceasefire as well as the ``5+2'' conflict settlement process. We call on the U.S. State Department to secure a fair and democratic settlement process while maintaining Moldova's independence and sovereignty. Today, we stand in support of the Moldovan Parliament's Declaration on the Current Situation of the Transnistrean Conflict Settlement Process, adopted consensually on June 21, 2013, and urge leaders of the self-proclaimed Transnistria, as well as all parties involved in 5+2 negotiation process, to conclude negotiations on the legal status of the Transnistrian region and its rightful role in the Republic of Moldova. Only a legal status agreed upon through the 5+2 framework will prevent further escalation of conflict. At the same time, we firmly recognize the need to finalize the withdrawal of Russian troops and munitions from the region, according to its internationally recognized obligations assumed at the 1999 summit of the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe. We call on the United States and the international community to take all the diplomatic steps possible to prevent further escalation of conflict, protect Moldova's European Union accession aspirations, resume talks on the political status of Transnistria and ensure the reintegration of a sovereign and independent Moldova. ____________________