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Moldovan-Hungarian Agenda Discussed at the Ministry of Defense

CHISINAU, November 7, 2013 — Minister of Defense Vitalie Marinuta met with the Ambassador of Hungary to Republic of Moldova, Mátyás Szilágyi.

The officials focused on the major issues of the bilateral agenda, including the security and defense reform in our country, as well as the condition of military monuments on the territory of Hungary and Republic of Moldova.

Vitalie Marinuta thanked for the Hungarian expertise and advisory assistance to the Ministry of Defense in the development of strategic documents, with a focus on the National Defense Strategy, through the Center for Public Democracy Foundation (ICDT) from Budapest.

The Hungarian official revealed his country’s commitment to supporting the National Army’s defense reform process. “We will keep assisting projects initiated by the Ministry of Defense and designed to enhance the Moldovan-Hungarian relations in the defense area, that will contribute to a more dynamic cooperation in the future”, Mátyás Szilágyi said.

The officials also discussed about the cemeteries of soldiers of the two countries from the territory of the Republic of Moldova and Hungary and agreed on conducting some events to recall the names of the dead soldiers. “We have the duty to identify and take care of the graves of soldiers dead in war, build monuments and tell the young generation about who they were. As a Minister, I considered this problems as a priority and I did my best for the fallen soldiers not to be forgotten”, Vitalie Marinuta mentioned.

There are currently three military cemeteries of Hungarian soldiers on the territory of the Republic of Moldova — in Balti, Tighina and Chisnau. In 2012, a monument was inaugurated in Balti representing a cross — the symbol of Jesus Christ resurrection — that contains the following message: “To the memory of the Hungarian military and civil prisoners dead in the Second World War in Balti”.

Moldovan-Hungarian defense relations are based on the Defense Cooperation Agreement signed on November 25, 1997.

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