As guarantors and negotiators in the process to settle the Trans-dniester conflict and realizing our responsibility to ensure civil and interethnic peace and stability in this European region and welfare of the Moldova people as well as the Russians and Ukrainians residing on the shores of the Dniester River, Ukraine and the Russian Federation welcome the resumption of negotiations with the assistance of intermediaries from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE and the participation of observers from the United States of America and the European Union.

We believe that the solution of the Trans-dniester problem will be found by defining and legally assigning a special legal status to Trans-dniester, guaranteeing sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova.

Ukraine and the Russian Federation are determined to actively coordinate all practical measures they adopt to rapidly settle the conflict by exceptionally peaceful means at negotiations between the Republic of Moldova and Trans-dniester. The Russian Federation considers Ukrainian initiatives as an important basis that helped to resume and accelerate these negotiations, while Ukraine regards recent Russian propositions to be significant for their development.

The guarantors confirm their commitment to all recently concluded agreements and their readiness to maximally assist the multinational Republic of Moldova to build its democratic, legal and neutral state on the principles of integral territory, state power, economy, and defence. At the same time, stability of the negotiated settlement model should be reliably supported with a complex system of guarantees.

Ukraine and Russia welcome all measures to further democratise the region by consolidating the fundamentals of civil society and promoting human rights on the basis of standards of the OSCE and the Council of Europe. We find it important to create favourable conditions to conduct transparent and democratic elections to the Supreme Council of Trans-dniester with the participation of the international community. The OSCE might establish a special mission to estimate the situation and to formulate relevant recommendations in the context of Ukraine’s initiative.

Recognizing the stabilizing role of current peacekeeping operations in the region, the sides believe it would be expedient to transform them into peace-guaranteeing operations under the aegis of the OSCE as a result of the Trans-dniester settlement.

To achieve these goals, Ukraine and Russia intend to maximally help create a climate of trust and reduce opposition between the parties of the conflict and promote constructive dialogue in cooperation with the OSCE, the European Union and the United States of America to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace.
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