Pavel Filip on resolution withdrawal of Russian troops: This issue will remain on the UN agenda until last Russian soldier leaves country

The UN General Assembly approved the draft resolution tabled by our country and seven other states on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Moldova. In this context, Prime Minister Pavel Filip has held a press briefing in which he expressed his gratitude to the friendly states that supported the Republic of Moldova in this resolution.



The UN General Assembly approved, with a majority of votes, the draft resolution on the complete and unconditional withdrawal of foreign military forces from the territory of the Republic of Moldova. The document was supported by 64 states, and today I'm making some brief declarations. 

First of all, I want to thank all the friendly states that have supported the proposed project by their vote. I especially thank those who have been co-authors of this resolution and I want to read the entire list as a gratitude today. These are Canada, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Gergia, Poland, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. There are states that have joined us in this steps even until yesterday's vote. That's why we send them our gratitude.

I would like to thank my colleagues, the team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, our mission in New York for the diplomatic effort dedicated to this topic and especially important for our country.

We have also carefully watched the countries that have voted against or abstained, this makes us realize that more communication is needed and makes us even more involved in a consistent and pragmatic dialogue on the external side.

I came up with this initiative regarding the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country last year and I formulated it expressly in the speech I spoke at the UN tribune in the General Assembly in September.

The vote is first of all a result of us, those that primarily concern the independence and integrity of our country.

It is also a signal of confidence and solidarity from the International Community. I would like to remind here that the Republic of Molodva has pleaded since the 1990s in the UN and OSCE, but also in the direct political dialogue with the Russian Federation for the complete withdrawal of Russian troops and ammunition, the remembrance of the former 14th Soviet army, through the 1992 agreement, Moscow has pledged to negotiate with the Government of Chisinau in this regard. Unfortunately, the Moldovan-Russian agreement on the withdrawal of the Russian Federation's military formations signed in October 1993 remained a dead letter because of the Kremlin's refusal to implement it.

I want to make a point here. We insist on the complete withdrawal of the Russian troop operative group because they are illegally on the territory of the country without our consent. The document does not refer in any way to the Russian military contingent of the peacekeeping forces on the Nistru disclose in accordance with the provisions of the 1992 Moldovan-Russian ceasefire agreement.

As you know, Chisinau has repeatedly raised concerns about the recent intensification of the GOTR exercises in common with the structures of the Tiraspol regime which pose a direct threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova, creating new tensions in region in the context of the crisis in Ukraine. Even the last moves that took place through the Tiraspol armor security zones today, at 4:00 at night, make us worry about this.

Yesterday's decision is yet another step in our consistent efforts to consolidate the country's integrity. Last year, we urged the UN General Assembly to withdraw the Russian troops, this year I have achieved results that I truly call historic. And here I refer to the fact that for the first time the Republic of Molva can control its entire border, including the Transnistrian segment.

We have also made significant progress this year in terms of regulating the Transnistrian conflict. Clear changes for citizens related to transport, communications, education, agricultural land and others, and yesterday in this logical sequence added the decision of the United Nations by approving this resolution.

These events, one after another, show that the Government's commitment to this is not a fleeting but a systemic, profound and long-term one. Through the approved resolution, we ensure that this issue remains on the agenda of the UN General Assembly until the last Russian soldier has left the territory of the Republic of Moldova.

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