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MOLDOVA CALLS FOR NEW PEACEKEEPING ARRANGEMENT IN TRANSDNIESTER; Moldova annouces that it will not recognize planned referendum in Georgia’s breakaway region

Speaking at a meeting of the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly in Chisinau on October 15, Moldovan parliament speaker Marin Lupu called for the current peacekeeping arrangement in Transdniester to be changed. Lupu said current conditions in the breakaway region are different than in the early 1990s, when Russian peacekeepers were deployed there. "The format is old and we are open to dialogue," Lupu told reporters.

During the same speech, Marin Lupu said that Moldova will not recognize a planned independence referendum in Georgia's separatist pro-Russian South Ossetia region.

South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity announced on September 11 plans to hold a referendum on independence. Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region held an internatioanally unrecognized referendum on independence in September.

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