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Brussels, 23 November 2010

Statement by Commissioner Füle on Palanca (Moldova-Ukraine border)

I welcome the outcome of last Friday's meeting in Chisinau between representatives of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, called in at the joint initiative of the European Union and the United States of America to discuss the situation at the Ukrainian-Moldovan state border near the Palanca village. Solutions to such issues should be sought through negotiation in a peaceful manner and in the good neighbourly spirit, and not through unilateral action.

I am encouraged by the constructive atmosphere of the discussions conducted in Chisinau and the responsible attitude of Deputy Foreign Minister Popov and Ambassador Pirozhkov, who have agreed to seek a solution through dialogue, at the soonest possible convenience and without any pre-condition. The European Union stands ready to provide technical expertise in order to facilitate such a dialogue.

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