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Friday, July 16, 1999 Published at 19:41 GMT 20:41 UK

World: Europe

Talks on Transdnestr in Kiev

Talks in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, to resolve the dispute between the former Soviet republic of Moldova and its breakaway region, Transdnestr, have ended with no significant breakthrough.

The document -- signed by the Russian Prime Minister, Sergey Stepashin, President Petru Lucinschi of Moldova and the leader of the break-away region, Igor Smirnov -- said all parties agreed on a gradual resolution of the conflict which would include the future status of Transdnestr and demarcation of common borders.

Mr Stepashin said Russia would consider withdrawing some of its weapons -- but made no reference to pulling out Russian troops that were deployed there to end the fighting when Transdnestr declared independence in 1992.

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