Posted on 03.08.2012 in Moldova, News, Ukraine

EUBAM reports progress at Odessa experts dialogue

At a conference in Odessa last week, EUBAM gave a comprehensive account of its support activities to customs representatives in both Chisinau and Tiraspol at an ‘experts dialogue’ organised by Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), a Finnish non-profit organization that works to resolve international conflicts and whose president is the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari.

As part of its support for confidence-building measures (CBMs) in Transnistria, CMI brought together experts from Chisinau, Tiraspol, the EU, UNDP, Kyiv and Moscow in order to develop a ‘road map’ in support of the CBMs process and to create a permanent consultative group of experts to support CMI’s long-term project in Transnistria.

EUBAM was able to report on some positive developments over recent months, including the resumption of rail freight traffic through Transnistria, and EUBAM’s role in assisting the implementation of the customs agreement between parties in Chisinau and Tiraspol, which included the conducting of ‘Building customs capacity towards modernization’ training in Chisinau in May – the first EUBAM-organised customs training initiative that both parties have participated in together.

The Mission also outlined its ideas for further confidence-building opportunities in customs cooperation between Chisinau and Tiraspol, including issues such as road cargo traffic and capacity building initiatives.

 A key feature of the CMI expert-dialogue conference was the input of experts from other conflict zones – namely Crimea, Cyprus and Ireland. The former Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, opened the conference by sharing his experience of the Northern Ireland peace process – which culminated in 1998 with the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ and in which Mr Ahern himself played a pivotal role.

Source: EUBAM