Moldova Talks NATO-Transdnestr Deal

CHISINAU, Moldova -- Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin said a deal might be reached with Russia under which the Transdnestr region remains part of Moldova in return for Moldova's promise never to join NATO.

"Soon we will have a final solution to the Transdnestr conflict," Voronin was quoted as saying Wednesday in Kommersant.

Transdnestr, a small Russian-speaking enclave in eastern Moldova, fought a war with Moldova in 1992 that left more than 1,000 people dead. It is not international recognized as a separate country.

The leaders of Transdnestr would like Russia to recognize its independence. Russia has supported Transdnestr but has not recognized it.

The deal with Russia, Voronin said, would include guarantees that Transdnestr would retain broad autonomy within Moldova. And Moldova would recognize the sale of state enterprises that have taken place in the separatist region, he said.