Moldovan Politicians Debate Language

Posted on: 03/12/2009

For the first time in a decade, Moldovan leaders held official celebrations in Chisinau on Romania’s National Day and renewed calls for closer ties between the two countries, which share a common language and history, RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service reports.
Ghimpu, Moldova’s acting president, also  hinted at a possible change to the Moldovan Constitution to change the name of the country’s official language from “Moldovan,” as it is now, to “Romanian.”
People in Moldova and Romania speak the same language. The term “Moldovan language” was coined by the Soviets when they annexed the territory that is now Moldova from Romania at the beginning of World War II, as part of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact.

Until 1989, Moldovans were forced to use the Cyrillic alphabet instead of the Latin one, in another attempt by the Soviets to differentiate the new Soviet republic from Romania.

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