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American Expert: Transdniestria Was Never a Part of Moldova

26.10.2007 11:23

James Jatras, Ex-Director of the American Council for Kosovo and former foreign policy analyst in the US Senate, said after his meeting with Chairman of Transdniestria Supreme Council Eugeny Shevchuk that Kosovo is a destabilizing factor for neighboring countries ? Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, whereas Transdniestria has no any territorial claims to its neighbors ? Ukraine and Moldova.

According to REGNUM, "moreover, legally speaking Kosovo was always a part of Serbia therefore it may be called a separatist region. As for Transdniestria, it was never a documentary-proved part of Moldova", he said.

Jatras noted that in all aspects ? moral, legal and economical, Transdniestria has much more rights to become independent than Kosovo.

"The people live peacefully in Transdniestria. It is a multiethnic country that is free from religious strife. On the contrary, Kosovo faces many conflicts of both ethnic and religious nature. Kosovo is gradually becoming mono-religious and mono-ethnic country, where churches are burnt and people are expelled from their homes. And all this happens right under nose of NATO and other international organizations", the American expert added.

He said that the Kosovo administration operating under the international control is criminal. "It?s the place where the drug trafficking is flourishing, whereas the situation in Transdniestria is absolutely different".

In his opinion, the international community is not aware of the life in the Republic. Therefore, its leaders should take active steps to promote an awareness programme for the international community to explain" what is Transdniestria, where it is located, what rights to independence it has and why these rights are justified".

According to the American analyst, in the world mass media it is necessary "to highlight the positive image of Transdniestria in order to invite international investments and thus improve living standards of the people".