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CHISINAU, October 25 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia and Moldova should establish an authoritative interstate expert commission for the study of problems of common history. Such is the recommendation contained in the resolution of the seventh meeting in Chisinau of the social and scientific round table conference “Russia-Moldova: Dialogue for the Sake of Future.”
“The commission will have the aim to work out a balanced interpretation of the common past, which would serve as the basis for textbooks for schools and higher educational establishments and would present a real picture of historic facts in their totality and, at times, contradictoriness,” the document says. Its authors hold that such a commission would prevent falsification of history, particularly of the times of the Second World War, as well as the passing in silence or playing down the contribution of the Moldovan people to defeating fascism.
Bearing in mind the growing popularity of Russian language studies the world over, the experts stressed the importance of amending curricula and methods of language studies. They arrived at the conclusion that, as the Russian language is a most important means of interethnic communication is the country and became a competitive advantage on the world market, the reduction of the area of its use in Moldova is impermissible. The participants in the meeting invite representatives of the authorities, members of parliaments, civic society, business people, researchers and politicians of the two countries to broader and more active participation in functions in the framework of the Moldovan-Russian dialogue for the sake of future.
The round table conference “Russia-Moldova: Dialogue for the Sake of Future” was held in Chisinau on October 24. Its main theme was the bicentenary of Russian-Moldovan relations. “The content of the debate is symbolic, as it is held in the run up to the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and Moldova. I am convinced that this document contains every necessary provision for the development of long-term productive relations,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated in his address to the participants in the round table conference.
The conference was organized with the support of the Russian embassy in Moldova and of the mission of Rossotrudnichestvo (the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States) in the country.