Moldovan Swedish Meeting at the Ministry of Defense
Chisinau, March 12, 2013 — Active Defense Minister Vitalie Marinuta met with the Swedish Ambassador to Republic of Moldova, Ingrid Tersman.
The officials discussed security and defense reform aspects in our country, including the training of National Army troops for peacekeeping operations and priorities of the current military institution. “We intend to engage in international peace building and peacekeeping missions. This is an attainable goal because we are ready for that, we also hope we will get the necessary political support given the Agreement on Republic of Moldova’s participation in EU crisis management missions concluded by Prime Minister Vlad Filat and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton at the end of the last year”, Vitalie Marinuta said.
The Defense Minister says Republic of Moldova may use the experience of Sweden as a non-allied country that still contributes troops to international missions. Thus, the Moldovan Minister informed the Swedish Ambassador about the intention to hold a conference in Chisinau on the participation of neuter and non-allied countries in international peacekeeping operations. “It is crucial for us to make Moldovan citizens understand that the neutrality status permits us and makes us contribute to the regional and international security, for we cannot be security consumers till the end without maintaining it too”, Marinuta said.
The officials’ talks also covered issues on women’s role in the defense institution. Minister Marinuta said that 22% of the total military personnel of the army are women. “The National Army is a model for all the state institution in term of gender equality. We provide women equal and real chances like their male colleagues have. Women work in all the military units having high responsibilities, including command. The Linguistic Center of the National Army, the Central Medical Military Expertise Committee of the Armed Forces, Balti and Cahul military territorial centers, which require great management skills, are run by military women”, Vitalie Marinuta said.
In her turn, Ingrid Tersman thanked the Moldovan minister for openness, hoping that the friendship and cooperation relationship between the two countries will always bring forward new positive changes and progress.