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Bulgarian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Petko Draganov urges Tiraspol to reverse actions taken against schools teaching in Romanian

Speaking on behalf of the OSCE Chairmanship, Petko Draganov, Bulgarian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, urged the Transnistrian authorities to reverse their actions taken against the schools in Tiraspol, Bender and Ribnita and to restore the situation as of the beginning of July 2004.

Emphasizing that choosing the language of instruction is a basic human right, Petko Draganov called during a press conference in Chisinau "on both sides to work out an agreement which would allow the Moldovan schools teaching in the Latin script in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova to function freely". He added: "I especially urge both sides to refrain from any unilateral measures and to resolve all differences in the framework of the established negotiation process in the shortest possible time".

On his two day emergency visit to Moldova, the high representative of the OSCE Chairmanship discussed ways to a negotiated solution of the current situation with Moldovan Minister for Reintegration, Vasile Sova, Moldovan Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eugenia Chistruga and Transdniestrians chief negotiator, Valery Litskai.

Petko Draganov also met advisers to the Moldovan President, educational officials, teachers and parents from the schools concerned and consulted with the Russian and Ukrainian mediators in the political settlement process as well as with ambassadors of other OSCE participating states resident in Chisinau.