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Chişinău acknowledges error in border incident

Moldova's authorities admitted on October 17 that they were wrong to refuse several official Romanian delegations entry into the country. The head of Moldova's border guards, Igor Colenov, said that the incident was due to an error of judgment by individual border guards. Moldovan Foreign Minister Andrei Stratan also deplored the incident.

Romanian Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu on October 14 called the incident a "hostile act" by Moldova and a "political gesture, most likely premeditated." The issue was brought up by the European Commission's deputy president, Franco Frattini, when he visited Moldova on October 15.

There has been speculation that the Romanian officials were turned back because the festival they were to attend was organized by the mayor of Chisinau, Dorin Chirtoaca, who has adopted a pro-Romanian stance. Like other members of the opposition, Chirtoaca saw the incident as being politically motivated.

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