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Political crisis in Moldova must be resolved through peaceful dialogue

Created: 2019.06.10 / Updated: 2019.06.10 15:42

On 10 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius discussed Moldova's political crisis with Maia Sandu. The leader of the Action and Solidarity Party was appointed as the Prime Minister of a new Government endorsed by the Parliament of Moldova on 8 June.

In a telephone conversation, M. Sandu assured the Foreign Minister that the new coalition was firmly committed to leading the country in European direction, carrying out reforms, and implementing the Association Agreement with the European Union. The Minister was also informed about plans to change the electoral system from a mixed to a proportional one, in accordance with the recommendations of the Council of Europe Venice Commission. M. Sandu cleared all doubts about resolving the Transnistrian conflict and emphasised that the Government under her leadership would never agree with Moldova's federalization.

L. Linkevičius expressed his strong belief that the will of the citizens of Moldova expressed in the parliamentary elections should be respected and implemented in accordance with the principles of democracy and the rule of law. "We urge all political parties to not raise tension and to find a way out of the current constitutional crisis through dialogue and peaceful resolution," the Foreign Minister said.

According to the Foreign Minister, Lithuania closely monitors the situation. “We have consistently supported Moldova's European aspirations and we will decide about the country's further path based on real achievements and reforms. Future of Moldova, an associated country, matters for Lithuania,” noted L. Linkevičius, who also stressed that Moldova was an important partner of Lithuania and of the EU.

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