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National Army Servicemembers Evacuate Last Pesticides from Basarabeasca District

Chisinau, November 29, 2013 — The last amount of pesticides from the warehouse of Sadaclia, Basarabeasca, was evacuated today. The 51 tons of obsolete pesticides, repacked, palletized and marked by the National Army servicemembers in November, will be burned in Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland.

“The pesticides left on the Republic of Moldova’s territory since the Soviet period is one of the main threats for citizens’ health in our country. Since the National Army watches over citizens’ security, the contribution to repacking pesticides and obsolete chemicals from Basarabeasca, and soon from Ialoveni and Anenii Noi, is a step ahead to achieve this goal”, Defense Minister Vitalie Marinuta stated within the project completion ceremony in Basarabeasca.

The Head of Basarabeasca District Council, Nicolae Chendighilean, appreciated the National Army’s assistance in the evacuation of chemicals from Basarabeasca, that endanger the local population’s health. For us, as for the citizens of Republic of Moldova, living in a clean environment is a priority. Therefore, we support NATO’s and the Ministry’s of Defense efforts on the disposal of pesticides from Basarabeasca district, as well as from other areas of the country", Nicolae Chendighilean said.

As a sign of appreciation of the National Army’s contribution to improving the environmental factors and removing harmful impact on the local population’s health, the soldiers that participated at repacking and preparing pesticides for export to Poland, were awarded diplomas from Basarabeasca public administration.

According to LTC Mariana Grama, Head of Ecology and Environment Protection Department of the Logistics Command, Basarabeasca is the second district, after Taraclia, where from pesticides stored since 2006 — 2007 were evacuated.

LTC Mariana Grama specified that the evacuation of pesticides is part of the final stage of the NATO/ Partnership for Peace Project on the disposal of pesticides and chemicals from the Republic of Moldova, that started on July 9. Until May 2014, 1270 tons of pesticides will be evacuated and destroyed in Poland from the territory of the Republic of Moldova within this project.

About 2,2 millions euros were gathered through the Trust Fund for the implementation of the final stage of the project NATO/PfP. 325 million euros of this money was issued by our country, while the other financial sources were allocated by Romania — pilot state of the project — Belgium, Norway, Ireland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Lithuania.

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