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Moldovan political scientist: the issue of Transnistria worries Moldovans less and less

2011-12-27 13:35

"Moldovan politicians prefer to pretend that events in Transnistria is presidential campaign in unrecognized TMR, the tense atmosphere after the first round, when supporters of Smirnov demanded to cancel the election results - that all this does not concern them", Moldovan political analyst Viktor Zhosu said in an interview to GTimes.

"Such a conspicuous silence fits into the logic of long-term relationship of the Moldovan political class to everything that happens on the left bank of Dniester and can be summarized as follows: the separatist Tiraspol regime is recognized by no one and, therefore, it makes no sense to talk about events there in the terms applied to the legal democratic process. The logic itself is as arrogant as funny, but it exists", Zhosu continued.

One of the few commentators of the events in Chisinau was the former president, Vladimir Voronin, leader of the Communist Party. But according to our expert, Voronin is guided by gloating, since it was in the period of his reign that relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol have extremely deteriorated.

"Having stated that after the incident (Igor Smirnov's defeat in the first round), the current Tiraspol regime won't survive even for three years. However, Voronin has enough of motivations to gloat over the defeat of Smirnov, because during his tenure as president of the Moldova the relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol were much worse than at the time of his predecessor Peter Luchinsky", Victor Zhosu said.

Political analyst noted that the relevance of the Transnistrian problem for the Moldovan society weakens over time. "One of the most recent surveys of the Moldovan population has shown that only 1% of its residents considered this issue as a priority. The more modest takes this issue in the election discourse of Moldovan parties, and that's understandable. The settlement process has become such neglected, that in Chisinau a few politicians believe in the possibility of a real unification of the country (in Tiraspol it was ceased to believe 15 years ago.) Officials in the Moldovan government voice only duty phrases - for example, that after the election of Yevgeny Shevchuk as the head of the region the negotiating process will be able to break the deadlock - but apparently even they do not believe in it", Victor Zhosu said.

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