Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 72

Amid continuing political and military deadlock in Chisinau, negotiations were held yesterday in Tiraspol by Chisinau and Transdniester delegations with Russian and Ukrainian mediators on Transdniester autonomy within Moldova. They discussed a Russian draft which enlarges on Chisinau’s offer to grant Transdniester an autonomous republic status and also makes Russia a "guarantor of regional peace and security." Moscow proposes that the draft be signed by Boris Yeltsin, Moldovan president Mircea Snegur, and Transdniester leader Igor Smirnov next month at a Kremlin meeting initially solicited by Snegur. (Flux, Basapress, April 11)

Kazakhstan: Mineral Wealth Boosts Independence.