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Saturday, November 13, 1999 Published at 18:24 GMT

World: Europe

Moldova arms withdrawal begins

Russian reports say the army has begun withdrawing weapons from the breakaway region of Trans-Dniestr in Moldova.

Unspecified qualtities of arms and ammunition were reported to have been destroyed, and more weapons were due to be transported back to Russia.

The Russian foreign minister, Igor Ivanov, said withdrawals of former Soviet weaponry and army units in Moldova, and also Georgia, were key elements in a new arms reduction treaty, being discussed later this month by the European security organisation, the OSCE.

But he said there were still local disagreements over how much should be withdrawn, and he warned the new treaty might be delayed.

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