US Embassy In Moldova Urges Calm In Trans-Dniester

Published January 5, 2012 2:18PM (EST)

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moldova is calling for a breakaway region to be demilitarized after a local man was shot dead by a Russian peacekeeper.

The embassy on Thursday urged Russian and Moldovan authorities to avoid escalating tensions after the 18-year-old was killed Jan. 1 in Trans-Dniester, when peacekeepers say he ignored an order to stop his car at a checkpoint.

The death led to protests against Moscow's role in the region's 1,500-member international peacekeeping force, which includes about 500 Russian troops.

Trans-Dniester broke away in 1990 over fears that Moldova planned to reunite with Romania. It is not recognized internationally.

By Salon Staff

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