The agenda of the meeting highlighted questions of economic relations between Moldavia and Cisdniestria, prospects for the valuation mission in Cisdniestria, monitoring of military-industrial complex activities in Cisdniestria, exchange of military-related information, and the situation in the security zone.
The first day of talks held in Kishinev did not bring any positive results. The participants only exchanged opinions on the agenda issues.
The second day of talks held in Tyraspol ended in a scandal. The Moldavian delegation headed by minister of reintegration Vassili Shova got up and walked out of the conference hall. The step was taken at the moment when the participants were discussing the problem of land tenure on the Dniestr's left bank.
OSCE mission head in Moldavia William Hill and Cisdniestria's representatives tried to save the situation, but the Moldavian delegation would not listen to reason. Thus, the talks were completely wrecked, even the closing protocol was left unsigned.
During the discussion on the right of land tenure in the area of the trans-border village of Dorotskoye, the Moldavian delegation had demanded that territories on the left bank of the river be put fully under Moldavian control. The problem had originated from the impossibility of Dorotskoye villagers residing on the right bank to till land on the Cisdniestrian side. As a compromise, Tyraspol had proposed to have those plots of land registered, practically free of charge, at Cisdniestrian organs of authority, which is unacceptable to Kishinev.
Head of the Cisdniestrian delegation Valery Litskay, Cisdniestrian foreign minister, views the walk-out by Kishinev as "an extraordinary occurrence". "The intentional breakdown of talks is used very seldom in diplomacy and is qualified as an extremely hostile act", said V. Litskay.
The Moldavian delegation, for its turn, explained the walk-out by "the absence of any headway in the negotiations" and proposed to adjourn the talks.
Cisdniestrian experts believe that the wrecking of the talks was a pre-planned action. Information sources report that Vassili Shova staged the walk-out after direct consultations with Moldavia's president Vladimir Voronin. The Moldavian side is said to have already drawn up a scandalous statement whose contents, however, is not known yet.