Moldova region urges intl. recognition

Moldova region urges intl. recognition

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:41:08 GMT

Lawmakers in a breakaway region in Moldova have passed a resolution that calls for the recognition of the territory’s independence.

The lawmakers in Transnistria passed the resolution in a unanimous vote on Wednesday.

The resolution asks the United Nations, the European Union and Russia to recognize the region as a sovereign and independent state.

“According to the universally recognized norms of international law, a right of people to self-determination should be the basis of political decisions. Every state should respect this right,” said deputy speaker Sergei Cheban.

Moldovan authorities have rejected the resolution as a challenge to the territorial integrity of their country.

In a 2006 referendum, the residents of the region voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.

Transnistria is a strip of land which borders Ukraine and broke away from Romanian-speaking Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The region consists mostly of Russian speakers.

The region’s call on the international community to recognize its independence comes as tensions mount in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian protesters have seized government buildings and demanded to break away from the control of Kiev.

Major cities in eastern and southern Ukraine have been seeking to separate from the country after the Crimean peninsula joined Russia last month.

The move sparked angry reactions from the United States and the EU, both imposing punitive measures against a number of Russian officials and authorities in Crimea.

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