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A New National Army Contingent Leaves for Kosovo

CHISINAU, December 5, 2015 — Interim Prime Minister, Gheroghe Brega, attended today the deployment ceremony of the fourth National Army contingent to KFOR mission in Kosovo. The event was held at the Ministry of Defense and attended by Minister Anatol Salaru, Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Moldova, Enrico Nunziata, and military attaches to our country.

The interim Premier stated that our country’s participation in peacekeeping operations is an opportunity to contribute to international security and mentioned that this way Moldova materializes its foreign policy.

The acting Head of Government expressed an optimistic view on Moldova’s foreign policy and noted that “such operations involving our military prove our country’s commitment to promote world peace and stability”.

Gheorghe Brega thanked the American and Italian Governments for their support and stated that this deployment will have a positive impact on the Armed Forces by improving the servicemembers’ professional skills.

Ambassador of Italy to Chisinau, Enrico Nunziata, said that the Italian battalion serving in Kosovo is proud to continue to offer its logistic support to the Moldovan friends and awaits the arrival of the new contingent.

On behalf of the Italian Government, Enrico Nunziata expressed the most sincere appreciation to Moldovan soldiers for their exceptional contribution to maintaining peace in Kosovo. “This participation proves the important role Moldova intends to play on international level as an active contributor to peacekeeping”, said the Ambassador of Italy to Chisinau.

The Minister of Defense encouraged the servicemembers who are to leave for Kosovo to prove to their partners that they have the necessary training for fulfilling peacekeeping missions. “It is your duty to convince them that the Republic of Moldova has an important role in keeping the international stability and could become a security contributor”, stated Anatol Salaru.

The fourth National Army contingent, that will leave for Kosovo on Sunday, December 6, consists of 41 servicemembers, out of which one staff officer, 7 EOD engineers, and a platoon of 33 servicemembers that will carry out security, guard and patrol missions.

The mission of KFOR-4 contingent, deployed in Camp Villaggio Italia multinational base in Pech village, Kosovo, will last six months.

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