Why is there an OSCE Mission in Moldova?
The OSCE Mission to Moldova was established in 1993 to help broker a peaceful settlement to the Transnistria conflict. The Mission’s role in the ongoing settlement process is crucial. It facilitates direct talks between the sides in the 5+2 format (these include the two parties to the conflict and the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine, plus the EU, and the United States as observers), works to foster trust between the sides by supporting confidence-building measures that address areas of mutual concern, and is also mandated to assist in the withdrawal and destruction of Russian arms and ammunition in Transnistria.
As respect for human rights is integral to lasting peace and security, the Mission also advises Moldova’s authorities on human rights and democratization issues. In doing so, the OSCE Mission to Moldova supports its host country on its path to realizing a multi-ethnic society with a truly inclusive national identity.
The current Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova is Ambassador Michael Scanlan.
U.S. Statements on the OSCE Mission to Moldova
Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, March 2017
Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, November 2016
Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, April 2016