MOLDOVA, UKRAINE BEGIN CREATING JOINT BORDER STATIONS01.07.2005
Chisinau. Chisinau and Kiev has embarked on creating jointly run control stations on the Moldo-Ukrainian border. Today, the two countries' border and customs services signed an agreement on establishing the first two such facilities - in Briceni (northern Moldova) and Reni (south).
According to Inter-Governmental Agreement on the organization of joint control at border-crossing stations, the two sides are supposed to create 5 such joint posts by this July 10, including 2 - on the Transnistrian segment of the Moldova-Ukraine state border. The official Chisinau regards the organization of such joint stations as a key element of national security strengthening and of combating smuggling across the Transnistrian region. The Moldovan Government has been insisting on such posts since 1999, but the dreams have begun to come true only upon change of power in Ukraine.
In June, the Presidents of Moldova and Ukraine, Vladimir Voronin and Victor Yushenko, addressed to the European Union Secretary General and European Commission Chairman with a joint letter asking to establish international control on the Transnistrian border segment. In that letter, the two leaders requested the European Union to provide logistic supply for a constant monitoring along the whole length of the Moldo-Ukrainian border. The European Union assured it would back the two countries in their undertaking.
The Moldo-Ukrainian border is 1,222 kilometers long, of which the Transnistrian portion - 452 kilometers.