Frozen conflicts in Europe – The approach of democratic security : the case of Transnistria – Chisinau, 11-12 September 2003

Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer, and President of the Republic of Moldova Vladimir Voronin, are to open the conference on “Frozen Conflicts in Europe” in Chisinau on 11 and 12 September. The conference, which takes place as part of the Moldovan Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, aims to examine various aspects of several such conflicts - including those regarding Cyprus, Nagorno-Karabakh and Abkhazia, but with a special emphasis on the Transnistria region in Moldova itself. (more ...)

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Summary of the conference

Don’t hesitate to take action on frozen conflicts, urges Walter Schwimmer

Council of Europe Secretary General has urged all of those involved in trying to solve so-called ''frozen'' conflicts not to hesitate in their attempts to make progress. Referring to his visit to Cyprus in January, Walter Schwimmer said: ''Only three months later the dividing line was open for nearly everybody to cross. What dark prophecies predicted, did not occur. There was no breakdown and no violence. This example shows that essential progress can sometimes be achieved by simply ‘doing it’''.


Moldovan President calls for cooperation with international bodies on Transnistria

The President of the Republic of Moldova, Vladimir Voronin, urged all of those involved in the ''frozen'' conflict in the nearby Transnistria region to work together with international organisations in order to find a solution to the problem. President Voronin said that the first element which could form a basis of a settlement would have to be ''open and honest collaboration with international organisations such as the Council of Europe and the European Union.'' Photo: The Secretary General and the Moldovan President meet in Chisinau


Nicolae Dudau: Settling frozen conflicts is in the interests of the whole of Europe

Opening the conference on “Frozen conflicts in Europe” this morning, Nicolae Dudau, Moldovan Foreign Minister and Chairman-in-Office of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, said that resolving such conflicts was a matter of concern for the whole continent. Stating that frozen conflicts were “obstacles to the implementation of human rights,” and that they often encouraged weapons trafficking, corruption and terrorism, Foreign Minister Dudau stressed that “the settlements of such conflicts is in the interests of the entire European family”. Photo: Nicolae Dudau in the Council of Europe in June 2003