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Serbia Supports Moldova’s Decision to Send Troops to Kosovo

Chisinau, December 6, 2013 — The Government of Serbia expresses its gratitude to Republic of Moldova’s leadership for the decision to deploy a military contingent to KFOR Mission in Kosovo, the state secretary of the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Snezana Jankovic, stated within the meeting with the Moldovan Defense Minister, Vitalie Marinuta, in Belgrad.

Snezana Jankovic specified that Moldovan soldiers are welcome to Kosovo, for they will watch over the local people’s security.

The position of the Serbian Executive was also supported by the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Defense and Internal Affairs Committee, Dusan Bajadovic. According to the official, the mission of a military contingent from an Orthodox country in Kosovo will come as a moral support for citizens from the Moldovan soldiers’ responsibility area.

The decision of the Moldovan authorities on deploying a contingent to Kosovo was also appreciated by Constantin Samofalov, representative of parliamentary opposition. “In the political life, every party has its strategies and views on the development policies of the country. However, when it comes to defending national interest, we have common views and approaches”, the legislator said.

The deployment of Moldovan troops to KFOR mission was encouraged by the leader of the Serbian Defense Ministry. The head of the defense institution, Nebojsa Rodic, pointed out that the internationalization of Kosovo mission will have positive impact on the regional crisis management process.

The parties also discussed issues of the European integration process of both states, ways of cooperation in this area, as well as in other domains of mutual interest. The Serbian officials appreciated the conclusion by the Republic of Moldova of the Association Agreement with the European Union in Vilnius as a great achievement of the country.

While in Serbia, the delegation of the Ministry of Defense, led by Vitalie Marinuta, visited the University of Defense, the Peacekeeping Training Center, as well as “Jugoimport SDPR” State Enterprise, specialized in military equipment manufacture.

Minister of Defense Vitalie Marinuta paid an official visit to Serbia within December 4-5, at the invitation of his Serbian counterpart, Nebojsa Rodic. Within this visit, both defense ministers signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Moldovan and Serbian Governments.

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