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Moldovan deputy parliament speaker, PACE president discuss Transnistrian issue, media freedom

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Moldovan Deputy Parliament Speaker, Liliana Palihovici, the chairwoman of the parliamentary delegation participating in the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has held a meeting with PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon.

The sides discussed the latest evolutions in the Transnistrian conflict's settlement. Jean-Claude Mignon said that in the nearest future, the sub-commission for the settlement of conflicts through dialogue and conciliation of the PACE Committee for Political Issues and Democracy will hold its first meeting, which will focus on the Transnistrian issue and on eventual solutions to advance in its settlement.

"The frozen conflicts are an issue of European importance for me. I have chosen this subject as a priority for my mandate and Moldova has not been randomly chosen as the destination for my first official visit, after my appointment as PACE president," Jean-Claude Mignon said.

For her part, Liliana Palihovici said that Moldova relies on the personal support of the PACE president, as well as on the support of the Council of Europe, an EU forum which is based on core values, such as the observance of human rights and the promotion of democracy.

As for the situation in the Moldovan parliament, Jean-Claude Mignon showed interest in the eventual return of the Party of Communists' faction to the parliamentary sessions. The PACE president said that the opposition Communists should return to the parliament as soon as possible, since the main task of the lawmakers is to represent their people both abroad and in the national legislative body.

As for the withdrawal of the licence of the pro-opposition NIT TV channel, Palihovici said that the channel had been monitored by the Audiovisual Coordinating Council for a long time under a methodology elaborated by EU experts and accepted by relevant non-governmental organizations. Over the past three years, NIT was monitored 13 times in terms of observance of Article 7 of the Audiovisual Code. It was proved that the channel breached not only the national legislation, but also the European information dissemination principles.

Jean-Claude Mignon said that he had taken note of all the reports on the matter and that he would personally examine this case.

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