RUSSIA IS GUARANTOR OF REGIONAL STABILITY - TRANSDNESTR LEADER

RIA Novosti, Russia
Sept 14 2005

MOSCOW, September 14 (RIA Novosti) - The president of the
self-proclaimed, and largely ethnically Russian, Transdnestr republic
in Moldova said Wednesday that he sees Russia as the guarantor of
security and stability in the region.

"The support of countries-guarantors, Russia and Ukraine, is very
important for Transdnestr," he said, speaking at a conference on
similar republics in the CIS in Moscow.

He praised Ukraine's active role in the settlement of the Transdnestr
conflict and close support of the self-proclaimed republics of Abkhazia
and South Ossetia in Georgia and the Azeri-Armenian disputed Nagorny
Karabakh region in Azerbaijan.

"Without the recognition of these states, the political and legal
settlement of the conflict situation brought up by the collapse of
the Soviet Union is impossible," Smirnov said.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress