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Youth Human Rights Movement

Appeal from Moldova's civil society representatives on the urgent need to replace the current peacekeeping mission on the Nistru River

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We are appealing to all the parties interested in the peace and security in this region of Moldova to endorse the following urgent actions:

  • We request the urgent replacement of the current peacekeeping mission, which exists in a military format and which falls short of the UN peacekeeping standards, with a genuinely civil mission under an international mandate;
  • We request that Russia unconditionally fulfills all the commitments under the 1999 OSCE Summit in Istanbul, in particular those concerning the full and orderly withdrawal of troops and military stockpiles from this region of Moldova;
  • We request the strict observance of all the provisions of the 1992 Moldova-Russia Ceasefire Agreement, in particular of Art.5 on the freedom of movement of people, goods and services within the territory of Moldova;
  • We request an investigation, which is thorough, transparent and with international involvement, into the circumstances and causes that led to the death of Vadim Pisari, and which should establish to what extent the actions of the peacekeeping officer were appropriate for the situation and consistent with his mission;

We are further calling on all media organizations to correctly and impartially report on the developments in the wake of the fatal incident that occurred on 1 January 2012.

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Chisinau, January 16, 2012