Friday, December 18, 2009

Moldova tears down barbed wire fencing along border with Romania


CHISINAU, December 17 (Itar-Tass) - Moldova tears down the barbed wire fencing along the border with Romania that remained since the Soviet times. The government press service told reporters on Wednesday that premier Vlad Filat had given an appropriate instruction.

“This is a disgrace to keep barbed wire on the border with a friendly state in the 21st century when borders all over Europe are transparent, and people move freely from country to country,” Filat said. He gave an instruction to recently appointed head of the border guards service Alexei Roibu to draft documents on dismantling barbed wire along the border of Prut river.

The common language, history and cultural heritage link Romania and Moldova. On recognising Moldova’s independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bucharest refused all the time to sign a treaty on the state border. The talks on this agreement as well as a basic treaty between the two counties have been going on for over 15 years.

Bucharest claims that the territory of present-day Moldova illegally acceded to the Soviet Union after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939. “Who could imagine that a head of the Romanian state would sign a treaty which would legalise the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact? Only the one who does not understand what responsibility means for a head of the Romanian state,” said recently Romanian President Traian Basescu.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated over the few past years. When rowdy demonstrators ransacked the parliament building and the president’s residence as well as hoisted the flags of the European Union and Romania on the buildings during disorders in the Moldovan capital last April, Chisinau accused Bucharest of interference in its domestic affairs.

The Moldovan authorities imposed a visa regime on the border with the neighbouring state and expelled the Romania ambassador. However, the coalition of liberal parties that came to power after the early elections, dumped these decisions.

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