İstanbul Kültür University

Searching for New Conflict Resolution Strategies: Study Visit to Moldova

Following the study visits to Turkey and Cyprus in June 2012, international experts from Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Greece, United States of America, Cyprus, and Turkey visited Moldova between September 23-27, 2012 to learn about the Transnistrian conflict and gain first-hand knowledge to be utilized when writing a comparative analysis of the existing division in Cyprus and Moldova.

GPoT Center's partners, Foreign Policy Association (APE) and the East East Beyond Borders Program of the Soros Foundation in Moldova arranged individual meetings with the current and former political leaders in Moldova, i.e. representatives of the Bureau for Reintegration, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.



The experts visited the premises of the British Embassy in Chisinau, OSCE Mission to Moldova, Delegation of the EU to Moldova, and UNDP Moldova and discussed works of these international actors on both sides of the Dniester River.

The group also met with local NGOs in Tiraspol, members of the Supreme Soviet, and President of the Dubasari district which, even though it is situated on the left bank, is administered by Moldova.

The study visit included a meeting with journalists, who write for media outlets publishing news in Romanian and Russian languages, and a round-table discussion with the participation of local academics and opinion leader.

Outcome of the study visits to Turkey, Cyprus, and Moldova will be a joint publication addressing similarities and differences between the Transnistrian and Cyprus questions. The book to be prepared by the team of international experts participating in the project, will be accessible on GPoT Center's website in Spring 2013.

The study visits to Turkey, Cyprus, and Moldova were part of the "Searching for New Conflict Resolution Strategies: Lessons from the Case of Cyprus" project, which is supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundations and developed by GPoT Center in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association and the East East Beyond Borders Program of the Soros Foundation in Moldova.

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