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Adriaan Jacobovits de Szeged: EU prepared to assist Moldova in settling secessionist conflict

The EU's special representative for Moldova, Adriaan Jacobovits de Szeged said on 12 April that Brussels is prepared to assist in the settlement of the Transdniester conflict. But he offered no details. At the end of a two-day visit to Chisinau, Jacobovits said: "I will be coming to Chisinau frequently. Besides, I intend to learn the opinions of Moscow, Kyiv, Bucharest, Washington, the OSCE, [and] European Union member states." Jacobovits de Szeged added that while the EU currently has no plan for settling the dispute, it expects to formulate proposals.

Jacobovits de Szeged also praised Moldova for the "radical change" that has taken place in that country in recent years. Specifically, the EU special representative praised Chisinau's adoption of pro-European policies. "This is an essential step forward," Jacobovits de Szeged said. He added that the EU will open an office in Chisinau. Jacobovits de Szeged said Moldovan relations with the EU will depend on how efficiently the "action plan" between Brussels and Chisinau is implemented.