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Moldovan high-level delegation took part in a fact-collecting visit to Northern Ireland

Published on Tuesday, 11th of August 2015

The study tour was organised in continuation of CMI’s ongoing support to the Transdniestrian conflict settlement process.

On 5-8 August Moldovan official delegation visited Belfast to study practical aspects of the peace process of Northern Ireland. The delegates included Victor Osipov, Deputy Prime Minister, Raisa Apolschii, Chairwoman of the Legal Committee on Appointments and Immunities of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Ion Creanga, Head of the Legal Department of the Parliament’s Secretariat, Corneliu Gurin, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova, Mircea Rosioru, Head of Superior Council of Prosecutors, and Alin Gvidiani, Representative of the Bureau for Reintegration.

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The visit focused on practical aspects of transitional justice in the Northern Ireland peace process. The delegates had meetings with Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, David Ford, Minister of Justice, John Larkin, Attorney General, and Barra McGrory, Director of Public Prosecutions. Members of the Moldovan delegation were also briefed by civil activists involved in building bridges between conflicting communities in Northern Ireland, as well as by representatives of Loyalist and Republican groups who spoke about the impact of alternative approaches to restorative justice in societies most affected by violence during the so-called ‘Troubles’.

This study tour was organised in continuation of CMI’s ongoing support to the Transdniestrian conflict settlement process, as well as the workshop and public conference on Criminal Indictments in the Context of Conflict Settlement recently organised by CMI in Chisinau. It was hosted by Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution International (CIPCRI) with the support of the UK Embassy in Chisinau.

More information about the study tour is available following the link: http://www.moldpres.md/news/2015/08/10/15005322