Minister of State Hoyer travels to Moldova and Romania with his British counterpart Lidington

19.09.2010 - Press release

On Monday 20 September State Minister and Member of the German Bundestag Werner Hoyer will travel with his British colleague David Lidington to Chisinau and from there to Bucharest.

In Chisinau the two Ministers of State will meet, among others, Prime Minister Vladimir Filat, his deputy Victor Osipov and Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca. On Monday evening they fly on to Bucharest, where they will have talks with President Traian Basescu, Prime Minister Emil Boc and Foreign Minister Teodor Baconshi.

The talks in Chisinau will focus on the Republic of Moldova’s relations with the EU, and the Transdniestria conflict will also feature in the discussions.

In Bucharest the talks will focus on current European issues, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) and migration. Here, too, the Transdniestria conflict will be on the agenda. Romania is a vital partner on this issue, too, given its close relations with the Republic of Moldova.

State Minister Hoyer issued the following statement in Berlin on this subject:

“Along with my British colleague I call on our partners in Chisinau to continue along the path of democratic reform. We want to greatly intensify relations with Moldova, and we will work hard to achieve this and to mobilize partners inside the EU.

Moldova can count on our active support in ending the Transdniestria conflict. Under the initiative begun at Schloss Meseberg by Chancellor Merkel and Russia’s President Medvedev, Germany is collaborating with its partners to achieve a lasting solution to the conflict.

Romania is a key partner in the eastern European Union. We want to cooperate with Romania to the closest possible extent on European policy and further deepen our already very good bilateral relations. Together we want to work out solutions to cross-border issues affecting all EU member states.

Our joint visit is evidence of how close and trustful Anglo-German cooperation is on EU foreign policy.”

The Transdniestria conflict arose in 1992 when the region of that name split off from the Republic of Moldova after a war. Moldova seeks reunification with Transdniestria.

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