Italy took over the OSCE chairmanship and foreign minister Angelino Alfano nominated Franco Frattini as representative of the OSCE for the solving of the conflict in Transnistria.
“I accepted this position in order to strengthen the stability and security of Europe within the framework of the Italian presidency of the OSCE, I have very good relations with the Russian authorities, which have undoubtedly played a fundamental role in the solution ( of the conflict) in Transnistria, “he explained.
Frattini recalled that at the time he did a lot “also for Moldova, working to bring this country closer to the EU, in particular regarding visa issues.”
“I suppose this will help me offer my contribution in the study of this complex dossier, in which there are still many problems to be solved,” he said.
The OSCE representative expressed the hope of soon making telephone conversations and direct contacts with Russian representatives, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whom he described as a friend.
Frattini said solutions could be reached in at least two sensitive issues on the negotiating table – the license plates for Transnistrian cars and the freedom of movement. For the first issue, Frattini proposes the Italian model applied to the autonomous province of Bolzano. “The symbol of this region appears on the plates of the cars registered in that province. Such a symbol of Transnistria could appear on Moldovan cars and thus be recognizable to citizens, “Frattini told the Russian Ria Novosti news agency.