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Merkel praises Moldova government for recent reforms

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Aug. 22, 2012, 6:54 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, takes her seat in an armchair of the presidential office in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. Merkel has urged Moldova to continue democratic reforms and fight corruption during a one-day visit to the former Soviet republic.
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СHISINAU, Moldova — Germany's chancellor has praised Moldova's government for recent reforms, saying they fulfill requirements for visa free travel to European Union countries.

Angela Merkel said after meeting Prime Minister Vlad Filat during a visit to the country Wednesday, Aug.22, that "the reforms (undertaken) so far are very clear and they fulfill the requirements."

She praised the governing pro-European alliance for reforms it had undertaken since it came to power in 2009 when the coalition's members defeated the Communists — which sought closer relations with Russia — in an election.

Merkel also called for negotiations to continue over the status of Trans-Dniester, a region in eastern Moldova that broke away in 1990 over fears Moldova planned to reunite with Romania, of which it was part of until 1940.

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