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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dmitry Chubashenko, "Moldovan separatists break off talks over Georgia," Reuters, August 12, 2008.

[Sort of like East Timor, except the vote wasn't blessed by the UN. -jlt]

The region's voters have overwhelmingly backed independence in a referendum...

CHISINAU, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Leaders of Moldova's separatist Transdniestria region said on Tuesday they would break off all contacts with the ex-Soviet state's central government until it denounced Georgian "aggression" in South Ossetia.

Transdniestria's Russian-speaking leaders split from Moldova in 1990 in Soviet times on the grounds that the republic's Romanian-speaking majority would join neighbouring Romania.

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