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TIRASPOL, August 1 (Itar-Tass) - The Trans-Dniester region on Thursday marks Day of Memory and Mourning for the victims of the armed conflict of 1992.
The remembrance events will be launched by a meeting-requiem at the Glory Memorial in Tiraspol where a ceremony of laying flowers at the graves of those perished in the conflict will be held with the participation of the leadership of the unrecognised republic, the command of the Operational Group of Russian Forces stationed in the region and foreign guests. All Orthodox churches of the republic will hold the Divine Liturgy for the deceased, photo exhibitions in memory of the tragic events have been opened at schools and libraries. The authorities have provided free transport for people visiting the graves of the conflict victims.
In the summer of 1992 during clashes between Moldovan police and the Trans-Dniester militiamen about one thousand people were killed, tens of thousands were wounded and became refugees. The conflict was stopped after an agreement on the conflict peaceful settlement principle was signed in Moscow, and on July 29 of the same year Russian peacekeepers were brought into the war zone. Already for 20 years they maintain peace on the Dniester together with the Moldovan and Trans-Dniester “blue helmets.” Since then there have been no outbreaks of violence, which allowed Chisinau and Tiraspol to hold negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict with the participation of the guarantors - Russia, Ukraine, the mediator - OSCE and observers from the United States and the European Union.
“In the Trans-Dniester region there is a very high level of confidence in the Russian military, which are the guarantors of peace. Under any circumstances, they have always shown restraint, willingness to do responsible and hard work, readiness for any ordeal,” President of the Trans-Dniester Republic Yevgeny Shevchuk told reporters on Wednesday. He stressed that the government would “follow the will of the defenders in defending the right to life, choice and building of an independent state.”
“Over the 20 years that have passed after the conflict, presidents, parliaments and governments have not once changed in Moldova. Both the communists and democrats used to come to power. But nobody has found the time and courage to apologise to the mothers who lost their children,” Deputy Chairman of the Tiraspol City Council Valery Zemlyakov said.