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OSCE Permanent Council: Tiraspol's actions against schools using the Latin alphabet are irresponsible and provocative

The OSCE Permanent Council condemned as "irresponsible and provocative" actions by the authorities in Tiraspol to prevent schools which use Latin script from functioning properly.

At a special session of the Permanent Council, ambassadors from the 55 OSCE participating states agreed that the measures were tantamount to gross violations of fundamental rights of a large part of the population on the left bank of the Nistru river.

Summing up the meeting, the Chairman of the Permanent Council, Bulgarian Ambassador Ivo Petrov said that "the OSCE participating states express their extreme concern over the situation created by the arbitrary actions of administration and law enforcement officials in Tiraspol".

He added that the forced closure of one school and measures taken against another "were accompanied by acts of vandalism and the illegitimate use or threat of use of force by law enforcement personnel against children, including orphans, parents and school personnel."

During the meeting, Moldovan Minister of Reintegration Vasile Sova had told the Permanent Council that the situation could escalate and lead to unpredictable consequences. Sova called on the international community to help prevent further escalation.